Sabine Himmelsbach studied Art History, Medieval History and Cultural Anthropology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.
From 1993 to 1996 she worked for galleries in Munich and Vienna, and later became the Project Manager for exhibitions and symposia at the Steirischer Herbst Festival (Styrian Autumn Festival) in Graz, Austria. From 1999 to 2005, she was Exhibition Director at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. There Sabine Himmelsbach has been responsible for exhibitions like Iconoclash, FUTURE CINEMA or Making Things Public.
Her own curatorial projects at the ZKM include exhibitions like temporal values. From Minimal to Video; Fast Forward. Media Works from the Goetz Collection; Coolhunters. Youthcultures between the Media and the Market or Resonances. The Electromagnetic Bodies Project. In October 2005, Sabine Himmelsbach took up the position of Artistic Director of the Edith Russ Site for Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany. There, she has curated exhibitions like Visibilities_between Facts and Fictions; PLAYBACK_Simulated Realtities; SOUND//BYTES; Ecomedia or currently JUST PLAY. Music as a Social Practice. As a writer, she has contributed to catalogues and magazines. She has lectured internationally on topics related with media art and contemporary culture.