Sabine Himmelsbach, born in 1966, is an art historian and has been director of the Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel since March 2012.
Himmelsbach studied art history, medieval history and cultural anthropology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. After working as an assistant at various galleries in Munich and Vienna, from 1996 to 1999 she worked as project director for exhibitions and accompanying symposiums for the “Steirischer Herbst” arts festival in Graz. From 1999 to 2005 she was head of the exhibition department of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe. There she curated numerous exhibitions and accompanying programmes about issues related to contemporary art and media art, such as the exhibitions “Coolhunters. Jugendkulturen zwischen Medien und Markt” (Coolhunters. Youth cultures between the media and the market) and “Resonanzen. Körper im elektromagnetischen Feld” (Resonance. The electromagnetic Bodies Project) in 2005. From 2005 to 2012 she was director of the Edith-Russ-Haus in Oldenburg.
In the last few years Sabine Himmelsbach has written essays with a special focus on new forms of media-based culture and the presentation of media art.