Beaded Treasure discovered

From dancing to beaded paintings
Andrea Ott | Aug 9, 2017

Join us on a journey of discovery to an extraordinary collection, a magnificent overall composition, in which velvet and beads play the main roles. You look at paintings, furniture and textile accessories embroidered with millions of beads.
On the white walls hang framed paintings – not in oil or watercolor, but three-dimensional – like pastures “painted in beads”. They are not merely embroidered next to one another, but superimposed on each other, peeking out – mostly bouquets of flowers, some solitary and delicate, others in lavish abundance, as spring, summer or autumn bouquets.
Dorothea Therese Plenhart, born 1924 in Gda´nsk-Ohra (then a free state with mainly German-speaking population, now part of Poland), is the creator. Even as a little girl she had loved to play with beads and buttons, had embroidered the clothes for her doll. She also studied tap dancing and ballet.
In Bochum, Germany, she opened her ballet school in the 1960s. Through an accident on stage at a young age she suffered a knee injury that never healed properly, and which hindered her in free dance movements. But she concentrated on what she could do: she designed choreographies for floor gymnasts, tournament dancers and figure skaters, organized ballet matinees, and designed costumes for the performances at the festivals, such as the Ruhr Theater Festival in Recklinghausen, Germany [the largest and most famous in Europe].
At the end of the 60s, she followed her new life partner to ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. Being a person of strong willpower and discipline, Dorothea Therese was infused with the desire to be artistically active. She returned to a medium in which physical strength played no role: the world of glass beads. Tirelessly, she bought beads and beading threads (from Gütermann), needles, felt, velvet and picture frames.
In 2015 the inexhaustible artist died at the age of 90. Her œuvre (life’s works) – about 40 paintings, the abovementioned room, jewelry and decorative articles – were only “discovered” after her death. Dorothea Therese Plenhart’s three-dimensional beaded painting deserves recognition and a worthy place where it can be displayed in all its beauty

If you have ideas and/or suggestions concerning where this collection could be located, exhibited or are interested in purchase, please write to, we will immediately forward your E-Mail to the artist’s daughter.