Michael Müller, Self portrait, 2015 (Detail), pencil on paper, marble, colour
Photo: © Michael Müller
October 21, 2014 – January 24, 2016
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In continually changing formations cutting across all artistic genres, Michael Müller examines processes of composition and translation in visual art. Proceeding from the drawing medium and its specific strategies for visual invention at the boundary between line and form, idea and depiction, Müller transfers this tension from surface into space – and puts it to work as an installation. His first institutional solo exhibition “WHO’S SPEAKING?” at KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin brings together works from recent years with specifically-developed new productions which variously investigate 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. For “WHO’S SPEAKING?” Müller has conceived new versions of two figures—Hermes and Hermaphroditos—who weave a web of references and connections between the individual works, and accompany the viewer throughout the exhibition. As the voice in a new sound installation, the protagonist of a video, or as a figurative sculpture that reverses the relationship between work and viewer, these two figures from Greek mythology appear in both expected and unexpected places, and link the content of exhibition’s two floors formally.
The exhibition is funded by Michael Heins (Herzogenrath), Geraldine Michalke, Ángel and Clara Nieto, Stephan Oehmen, Peppermint Holding GmbH, Schering Stiftung, Berlin, and Romina Polley. The catalog is funded by NATIONAL-BANK AG.
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