Shortlisted for "Kunstpreis der Böttcherstrasse" at Kunsthalle Bremen, 28 July – 30 September 2018: Michael Müller "Stripping the Force"
The exhibition presents a diversity and pushes this diversity to the extreme, it quotes from clichés and develops – in an eccentric, hybrid fashion – mutations and metastases. The “topic” of the exhibition (the people of the Himmelheber) is varied, fractured and fanned out – like a ray of light that is broken into a kaleidoscopic range of colours in a rainy sky. The possible and the real are progressively rendered indistinguishable. What is one’s own converges with the foreign other. And the longing for distant places is turned back onto itself. The works might appear to be ironic, associative and strangely uninhibited. But ultimately, it turns out, they are one thing above all: deeply human.
"Praxis, Probe und Produktion von Wirkungen und Wirklichkeiten" ("Praxis, Rehearsal and Production of Effects and Realities") at Kunsthalle Bremen, Performance, Friday 27 July, 7pm
"It smells like ... flowers & fragrances" at me Collectors Room, Berlin, 14 April - 1 July 2018 / curated by Dr. Heike Fuhlbrügge
With Olivia Berckemeyer, Bertozzi & Casoni, Norbert Bisky, Armin Boehm, Annedore Dietze, Ayşe Erkmen, EVA & ADELE, Tine Furler, Lennart Grau, Gregor Hildebrandt, Annett Kuhlmann, Nadia Lichtig, Leena Luostarinen, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jonathan Meese, Ingo Mittelstaedt, Michael Müller, Karin Pliem, Ged Quinn, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Schütte, Luzia Simons, Sissel Tolaas & Georg Hornemann, Tomoyuki Ueno, Tina Winkhaus, Hansa Wisskirchen, Thomas Zitzwitz
"An Exhibition as a Copy" at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong, 8 March – 21 April 2018
Entitled An Exhibition as a Copy, Michael Müller’s exhibition consists of four pairs or groups of similar exhibits that investigates the duality of the original and the copy. The juxtaposition of the peculiarities of the artworks’ surfaces underscores the form as well as instigates a dialogue with each other; it also allows for deviations to stand out. The relationship between model and reproduction, original and copy thus becomes increasingly unclear.
"Germany is not an island" Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany Acquisitions 2012–2016 at Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 8 March - 27 May 2018
The exhibition presents a selection of works acquired over the last five years by a specialist committee for the Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany. It includes works by renowned young artists. The acquisitions testify to the high standard of the Federal Collection and show how historical and current developments, collective viewing habits and the questioning of image constructs translate into contemporary art. Ranging from large-scale installations to drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video and sound works, the selection bears witness to the wealth of media and techniques that distinguish contemporary artistic practice.
"Seven Exhibitions" at BKV - Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam, 28 March - 3 June 2018 / curated by Lukas Töpfer
With Donald Bernshouse, Geta Brătescu, Nina Canell, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Haris Epaminonda, Markus Hoffmann, Johanna Jaeger, Felix Kiessling, Antje Majewski, Michael Müller, Das Numen, Katie Paterson
"Everything we do is music" at Art Centre Pasquart, Biel (CH), 15 April - 10 June 2018 / curated by Shanay Jhaveri
This group show explores how Indian classical music has inspired modern and contemporary artists. The exhibition traces a long history: from early Indian miniature painting (Ragamalas) through to drawings, animations and video works from the present day. Including works by pivotal Indian and Pakistani artists, it features a number of works previously unseen in Europe, including new commissions. It also explores the influence of Indian classical music on important American artists in the 1960s, and its wider influence on western popular and counterculture.
"Vor und hinter dem Glas" at BKV - Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam, 17 December 2017 - 11 February 2018 / curated by Lukas Töpfer
The exhibition is conceived to be viewed from the outside. The garden monument is open to the public during the regular opening hours from sunrise until 5 pm. Guided tours, which will be announced on the website in advance, will enable the visitor to see the interior space.
"Everything we do is music" at Drawing Room, London, 30 November 2017 - 18 February 2018 / curated by Shanay Jhaveri
A major new exhibition that explores how Indian classical music has inspired modern and contemporary artists.
"Kunstlicht" at Fuhrwerkswaage, Cologne, 3 - 17 December 2017
with Dragutin Banic, Anna Fasshauer, Claus Föttinger, Andreas Gursky, Gregor Hildebrandt, Friedrich Kunath, Alexey Meschtschanow, Meuser, Michael Müller, Hartmut Neumann, Werner Reiterer, Andreas Schulze, Koen Van den Broek, Geerten Verheus
"0,10 ODER DAS ÜBERLEBEN DER LEERE" at BKV - Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam, 16 September - 18 November 2017 / curated by Michael Müller and Lukas Töpfer
with Art & Language, Angela de la Cruz, Rolf-Gunter Dienst, Marcel Duchamp, Bethan Huws, Kasimir Malewitsch, Vlado Martek and Michael Müller / Opening Reception Friday, 15 September 2017, 6 pm
"good to talk - 46 hours in conversation" at Berghain Kantine, 8 - 10 September 2017
For Good to Talk - 46 hours in conversation at Kantine im Berghain, Michael Müller will talk with Paula Doepfner about Robert Musil's novel The Man Without Qualities on September 9 at 9.15 pm
"Höchste Armut" at Aanant & Zoo, 8 September - 18 November 2017 / curated by Lukas Töpfer
"MEET ME IN HEAVEN" at Schloss Tüssling Projects, 1 - 18 June 2017 / curated by Philipp Bollmann
"Late Breakfast" at Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, 20 May - 26 June 2017 / composed by Alexander Mossbrugger, free counterpoint by Gerd de Vries
with Art & Language, Robert Barry, Monica Bonvicini, Tina Born, Marlene Zoë Burz & Manuel Kirsch, Hanne Darboven, Hubert Dietrich, Jiří Georg Dokoupil, Manfred Egender, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ulrike Grossarth, André Kertész, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Hans-Jörg Mayer, Mathieu Mercier, Jonathan Monk, Michael Müller, Anne Neukamp, Frank Nitsche, Blinky Palermo, Erik Satie, Albrecht Schäfer, Rob Scholte, Christiane Seiffert, Florian Slotawa, Ingo Springenschmid, Fiete Stolte
"Teil 33. Nachlass zu Lebzeiten" & "Teil 18. Die Welt gibt es nicht" at Galerie Thomas Schulte, 29 April - 24 June 2017 ...
... Finale of the exhibition cycle with two parallel exhibitions, a performance and fashion show "Garten der Freundschaft" at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Friday 28 April 2017, 5pm
"Drawing Biennial 2017" at Drawing Room London, 2 March - 26 April 2017
Drawing Biennial 2017 offers insights into how artists contend with a world in rapid and disorienting flux. A snapshot of contemporary drawing practices, the exhibition includes more than 200 new and recent works on paper by leading international artists of different generations. >> more
"Third Rehearsal for Nietzsche's Birthday Party 2313", the accompanying catalogue of Michael Müller’s recent performance at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, now available!
The book is published in conjunction with the exhibition „SKITS. 13 Exhibitions in 9 Rooms“ (26.11.2016 – 19.02.2017) at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden.
Edited by Hendrik Bündge in cooperation with the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden and Michael Müller / Texts by Hendrik Bündge, Travis Jeppesen and Lukas Töpfer / Musical Compositions by Therese Strasser / Graphic Design by Alexander Hahn / Images by Pascale Jean-Louis
Berlin 2016. 80 pp., ca. 100 48 ills., 21.00 x 29.00 cm, softcover
"For All Those Who Trust in Form and Not in Content" at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, 3 - 28 January 2017
Three bodies of work in ‘For All Those Who Trust in Form and Not in Content’ testify to the plurality and heterogeneity of Müller’s practice: the formally reduced and conceptually driven etchings, Verschwinden; the more ‘decorative’ installations of the Do It! series; and, lastly, expressive, figurative paintings like Small Indian Girl. (Excerpt from the press release). >> more
"Kunst und/oder Geld - Zum Verhältnis von Studium und Markt" at UdK Berlin, Thursday 8 December 2016, 6pm
Diskussion mit Akiko Bernhöft, Martin Dammann, Maria Eichhorn, Friederike Feldmann, Michael Müller, Diana Sirianni und Tobias Vogt, konzipiert und organisiert vom Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Ästhetik und dem Institut Kunst der UdK Berlin
"Third Rehearsal for Nietzsche’s Birthday Party 2313" at Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Fr. 25 November 2016, 7pm
Throughout the opening night of "SKITS. 13 Exhibitions in 9 Rooms" Michael Müller for the third time will direct the Rehearsal for Nietzsche's Birthday Party 2313. A sketch of community and conflict, individual and collective behaviors that both create and are subject to a social structure.
"WER SPRICHT? WHO'S SPEAKING?", the catalogue accompanying Michael Müller’s solo exhibition premiere at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, published at Hatje Cantz, now available!
Edited by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Texts by Ellen Blumenstein, Travis Jeppesen, Daniel Tyradellis, graphic design by HIT Studio, Berlin, German, English
2016. 240 pp., ca. 100 ills., 18.50 x 22.00 cm, softcover, ISBN 978-3-7757-4113-2
"SKITS. 13 Exhibitions in 9 Rooms", Solo show at Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 25 November 2016 - 5 March 2017
To mark the reopening of its upper floor in November, 2016, the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden will present ‘SKITS. 13 Ausstellungen in 9 Räumen’ (SKITS. 13 Exhibitions in 9 Rooms), a solo exhibition of the Berlin-based artist, Michael Müller. The artist engages with the human understanding of a world, in which belief in a multitude of systems, not subject to scrutiny, prevails. Questions of taste, beauty and other aesthetic attributes come to the fore. The installations, paintings, sculptures, video projections and objects serve as a medium through which Müller challenges the function of art and its attendant rites. >> more
"... und eine Welt noch", Kunsthaus Hamburg, 26 April - 26 June 2016 / curated by Miriam Schoofs & Katja Schroeder
Die Ausstellung "... und eine Welt noch" im Kunsthaus Hamburg nimmt das Werk der herausragenden Künstlerin Hanne Darboven (1941 – 2009) als Ausgangspunkt, um aus der Perspektive einer jüngeren internationalen KünstlerInnengeneration die Aktualität und Relevanz ihres Schaffens zu untersuchen.
Abgesehen von einigen exemplarischen Arbeiten von Darbovens Weggefährten (u. a. Almir Mavignier, Sol LeWitt und Lawrence Weiner) liegt der Fokus auf der Auswahl aktueller Positionen der zeitgenössischen Kunst, welche sich mit ähnlichen Fragestellungen und Strategien beschäftigen.
Die für Darboven charakteristische Verknüpfung von abstrakter, übergreifender Struktur und individueller Selbstverortung findet sich dabei sowohl in den Zeichenstrukturen, beispielsweise von Channa Horwitz oder Michael Müller, als auch in den Textarbeiten und Schreibsystemen von Fiona Banner, Irma Blank, Natalie Czech, den Zeitverläufen von Sigrid Sigurdsson oder der Geschichtsaneignung von Daniela Comani, Lia Perjovschi und Rayyane Tabet sowie in den Collagen des Zeitgeschehens und der Populärkultur von Isa Genzken, und Robert Heinecken oder den enzyklopädischen, materialästhetischen Ordnungssystemen von Henrik Olesen und Joëlle Tuerlinckx wieder. >> more
"The Big Other", Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin, 29 January - 2 March 2016 / curated by Paula Doepfner
The big Other, le grand Autre – a term by which Jacques Lacan refers to the mother, the first big Other in the defining dyad of mother and child. She is the representative of speech, the symbolic order into which the child enters as soon as she is able to recognize herself in the mirror. In that very moment, the child becomes aware of a certain lack, the inaccessibility of the relationship. Desire arises, and in her search for truth, the child attempts to express herself, to become independent. The child wants her desires to be satisfied. She wants to incorporate the object of desire, to possess it, love it, destroy it, hate it. The gap between the child and the big Other, meaning between the child and the symbolic order, which reflects the social order, is simultaneously compelling and unbearable. It coerces the speaking subject into being creative, into experiencing the limits and possibilities of reality, of that which is outside. (Excerpt from a text by Katja Ulmer).
"INSIDE-INSIGHT" Thursday 21 January 2016, 7pm at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Accompanying program to the exhibition WHO’S SPEAKING? by Michael Müller: Talk between artist Michael Müller and Ellen Blumenstein, Chief Curator of KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
"WHO'S SPEAKING?", KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 29 November 2015 - 24 January 2016
Michael Müller's first institutional solo exhibition WHO’S SPEAKING? brings together works from recent years with specifically-developed new productions, which use various ways for investigating the question of artistic authorship.
From Müller’s perspective, “who is speaking?” also means “what is being said?” and “why?” But also “who is listening?”; The exhibited works return time and again to the issue of how an artist becomes visible in his work. Each single piece stands at a pressure point between the application or transformation of historical and contemporary artistic codes, and the artist’s personal obsessions. >> more
"Zweite kleine Probe für Nietzsches Geburtstagsparty 2313", Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, 16 September 2015, 6-9pm
Michael Müller will for the second time rehearse with 18 musicians and performers the birthday party for Friedrich Nietzsche 2313.
"UNTER DEM RADAR: SERGE CHARCHOUNE" at KUNSTSAELE Berlin, 17 September - 21 November 2015 / curated by Merlin James & Michael Müller
Charchoune grew up in a rural environment among the forests and waters of the Russian region Samara, in the small town of Buguruslan. From early childhood he dreamed of a life as an artist, musician or writer. Later paintings (e.g. Epiderme Paysage in this exhibition) mirror his continuing connection to nature and everything organic. Having early on visited Moscow, Paris, Barcelona and Berlin he engaged with a great number of modern art forms such as Dadaism, Cubism, Purism and Informal abstraction. Despite contributing to to these various art 'styles', all Charchoune's works show his individual traits. To him the mutual exchange of art and sensory impressions were a synaesthetic interplay. Using a wide range of methods he managed to create cross-references between language, music and painting. >> more
"Erste kleine Probe für Nietzsches Geburtstagsparty 2313", Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, 2 July 2015
Performing on or using the exhibited objects, Müller has 15 actors present musical and performative actions on the evening before the opening, entitled “Erste kleine Probe für Nietzsches Geburtstagsparty 2313”. Through the contact, the pieces are integrated into a context, which will remain even after the performance has taken place, and thus obtain a narrative charge. Contact so becomes equally a transformation, in which art objects turn to quasi objects of use and puts into question the hierarchy of things or even goes so far as to rearrange it.
The idea, which is played out in the rehearsal of the actors, to celebrate the 70th jubilee of the Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph with a Nietzsche-year, came from Clarisse, a character from Robert Musil’s novel, The Man Without Qualities, which continuously serves Michael Müller as a point of reference throughout his exhibition cycle. The celebration, which is rejected in the novel, due to its absurdity, is now displaced by Müller into the year 2313 and thus continues Musil’s “conscious utopianism”, which comes to effect in various forms throughout the novel.
It involves sensemaking through aestheticization to optimize the freedom to think up alternatives to religion and worship of the body. Contact points are not only included in every work, whether mathematically, spiritually or physically addressed, but linked equally throughout the exhibition and as part of the whole with the cycle.
"Fire and Forget. On Violence", KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 16 June - 30 August 2015 / curated by Ellen Blumenstein & Daniel Tyradellis
Fire and forget" comes from military jargon, and is a term for weapons systems that are no longer used in direct combat with an enemy but are launched from a safe distance. The exhibition FIRE AND FORGET. ON VIOLENCE takes the military expression as the starting point for an examination of the conventional ideas about war and force. It is oriented towards the most visible agent of violence: weapons.
"basal", Aanant & Zoo, Berlin, 21 February - 11 April 2015
The Greek origin of the word “basal“ refers to the fundamental and the basic. In medicine and anatomy, where the term is most commonly found, basal describes both minimal levels necessary for survival and the position of an organ at the root of a system or structure. In the arts, drawing has traditionally been the medium most closely associated with formulating the founding principles of a body of work, and bringing to light the elementary processes in an artists' practice. It is with pleasure that Aanant & Zoo announces basal, a group exhibition featuring drawings by 11 international artists. Not only do the works selected indicate a root investigation in each artists' practice, they also explore notions of the base or bottom from multiple and sometimes contradictory points of view.