Michael Müller

Michael Müller was born in 1970 in Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany. He went on to study sculpting and fine arts at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf with Magdalena Jetelová. Today, he is primarily known for his drawings, even though he continuously broadens the methods of his artistic expression, combining works on paper with sculptural pieces in installation. Quite often the artist will incorporate works by other artists and found objects or materials.

“As I am completely aware of the fact that in any case, there is only one way of deriving the reality of infinitely many, it remains a permanent task to double-check the implemented works. And perhaps this is ultimately one of the acknowledgements (…): the bliss of comprehension and failure. Thus, art, even beyond such limitations, for me is an ethical obligation in the social domain, for only after having read the observer, does its political character become evident.”

Next to numerous gallery shows, Müller has participated in many group exhibitions in the last ten years, within Germany and internationally. Among others, he has been included in shows at the Kunthaus Hamburg (2016), the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015, 2013), the Des Moines Art Centre, IA, USA (2014), the Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2014), the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik, Bonn (2013), the Kunsthaus Dresden (2012), and the Kunsthalle in Kiel (2010). Recently, his works have been shown in the solo exhibition ‘Wer Spricht?’ at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015/16). His biggest institutional solo exhibition to date opened in November at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2016/17).
Since 2015 Michael Müller teaches as a professor at the Berlin University of Arts. He lives and works in Berlin.


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India
Stormy Days
Group exhibition
2016 (upcoming)

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
SKITS. 13 Ausstellungen in 9 Räumen
Solo exhibition
November 26, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Aanant & Zoo, Berlin, Germany
Group exhibition
September 9 – November 15, 2016

RAE – Real Art Estate, Berlin, Germany
A Toast to a Ghost (curated by Jerome Chazeix, Nina Maria Küchler and Johanna Silbermann)
July 17 – 30, 2016

Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany
... und eine Welt noch
Group exhibition
April 26 – June 26, 2016

Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin, Germany
The Big Other
Group exhibition, organized by Paula Doepfner
January 29 – March 2, 2016

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Wer Spricht?
Solo exhibition
November 29, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Selected publications

KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Ed.)
Published by: Hatje Cantz, 2016
ISBN: 978-3-7757-4113-2

Daniel Tyradellis
Michael Müller
Published in: KÜNSTLER from Kunsthandel Verlag
Vol. 108 (January 2015)

Dirk Luckow (Ed.)
Dopplereffekt: Bilder in Kunst und Wissenschaft
Published by: Dumont Buchverlag, 2010
ISBN: 978-3832192952

Tobias Vogt (Ed.)
Michael Müller: 1m2 ins Schwarz hinein
Published by: Ritter Verlag, 2006
ISBN: 3-85415-382-1
(out of print; Online at www.1m2.info)

Tobias Vogt (Ed.)
Neue Werke – Silent Post – u a. Verschwinden
Published by: Ritter Verlag, 2006
ISBN: 978-3-85415-399-3 (out of print)

Information on shows at the gallery

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