Meene is an artist who makes photos, mostly portraits, mostly of young people, and mostly of girls. Thanks to her galleries she can make a living out of this. Her work is shown in museums and galleries all over the world. She is the single subject of three books and appears along other artists in many other books and magazines. She lives in Heiloo, The Netherlands.


Born in Alkmaar, The Netherlands

Lives and works in The Netherlands

Solo Exhibitions


Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK

Viva Lolita curated by James Putnam, Maddox Arts, London, UK

surrounding ages, I M ART, Seoul, South Korea


Hellen van Meene. Portraits, C/O Berlin, Germany


Folkwang Museum Essen, Germany

Hellen van Meene, Pump House Gallery, touring to Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK

Van Zoetendaal Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan

Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

Le Case d’Arte di Leccese Pasquale, Milan, Italy


Japan Series, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, UK (cat.)

Japan Series, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (IL), USA (cat.)

Japan Series, De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands (cat.)

PhotoFestival Espania, Madrid, Spain

Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland


Matthew Marks, New York (NY), USA

Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan

Marc Foxx Gallery, New York (NY), USA


Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK

Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Marc Foxx Gallery, (project space), Los Angeles (CA), USA

Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (with Diane Arbus), Brussels, Belgium

Galleria Laura Pecci (with Bettina von Zwehl), Milan, Italy

Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy

De Vleeshal, Middleburg, The Netherlands (cat.)

Gallery Atsuko Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan


Galerie Dijk 1, Alkmaar, The Netherlands

The Photographer’s Gallery (with Francesca Woodman), London, UK (cat.)


Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group Exhibitions


DARKSIDE, Photographic Desire and Sexuality Photographed, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zürich, Switzerland


Family Pictures, Guggenheim, New York (NY), USA


Portaal naar de hemel – Hedendaagse portret foto’s in oude lijsten, Frans Hals Museum Haarlem, The Netherlands

MEP – Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris, France

Body Soul Face: The Position of Women from the 16th-21st Century, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria


Museum of Photography the Hague, The Hague, Netherlands

Frames Revisited, Institut Néerlandais, Paris, France

Constructed Monument, Stichting KW14’s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

The Wonderful Fund on Tour, La Musée de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco

Family Pictures: Contemporary Photography and Video from the Collection of the Guggenheim Museum, Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, Switzerland

Bidibidobidiboo — Works from the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Turin, Italy

A view of women: Portraits from the photo collection, De Hallen, Haarlern, The Netherlands

In Sight: Contemporary Dutch Photography from the Collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Der fotografierte Mensch: Von den Anfängen bis heute – Bilder der Fotografischen Sammlung des Museum Folkwang, Essen, Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany

H x W x D — Dutch modern art from the Rabobank collection, Gerneentermuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands


The Dutch Show, The Netherlands Institute, Athens, Greece

Wonder Holland, Markets of Traiano, Rome, Italy

I-scape, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University, Durham (NC), USA


Child in Time, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Helmond, The Netherlands


The House of Fiction, Sammlung Hauser und Wirth, Lokremise St. Gallen, Switzerland (cat.)

Kein Ort, nirgends, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany


The Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize 2001, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK (cat.)

Vi – Intentional Communities, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden


City of Girls, Japanese Pavillion at the Mostra Internazionale d’Architettura, Venice, Italy

Septembre de la Photo: Quinze en Europe – La Jeune Photographie Européenne, Galerie du Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France

Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo


Conditions Humaines, Portraits Intimes, Mois de la Photo, Montréal (QC), Canada

NFI Rotterdam (cat.)

Foto-documentaire opdrachten Noord-Holland, Dreef Expositie, Provinciehuis, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Uitgelicht 3, Startstipendium Fonds BKVB, De KunstRai, The Netherlands (cat.)

5 jaar Art Primeur, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands (cat.)


Kunst Aanmoedigingsprijs Amstelveen, Gemeentelijk, The Netherlands

Expositiecentrum ‘Aemstelle,’ Amstelveen, The Netherlands (cat.)


Galerie Niggendijker, Groningen, The Netherlands

Unbeschreiblich Weiblich?, Noorderlicht, Groningen, The Netherlands (cat.)

Niet de Kunstvlaai, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Art primeur ’97, CBK, Dordrecht, The Netherlands


Scanning, gemeentelijke kunstaankopen, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (cat.)

Eindexamententoonstelling, Gerrie Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam


Fotofestival, Naarden, Naarden Vesting, The Netherlands

A Sunset Always Sells, Expozaal W.G., Amsterdam, The Netherlands


1999                   Charlotte Kohler Prize

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