November 20, 2016 - Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden - Michael Müller: SKITS. 13 Exhibitions in 9 Rooms
November 20, 2016

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

View of Michael Müller, Was nennt sich Kunst, was heißt uns Wahrsein? (What is art, what is madness?), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, 2014.

Michael Müller
SKITS. 13 Exhibitions in 9 Rooms
November 26, 2016–February 19, 2017

Opening / performance: November 25, 7pm

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76530 Baden-Baden
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On Friday, November 25, 2016 at 7pm the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden will open SKITS. 13 Exhibitions in 9 Rooms, a solo exhibition by Michael Müller.

16 tons of fire-dried quartz sand, hundreds of metres of pond foil, several square metres of white and pink carpet, several tracks of translucent red plastic foil, an aquarium with two Mexican albino axolotls and 50 blind albino cave miners. In addition: 600 white tiles, numerous tons of different types of wood, 200 plates of damp clay, art works by Art & Language, Jan Brueghel the Younger, Angela de la Cruz, Jochen Dehn, Rolf-Gunter Dienst, Willem de Kooning, Jonathan Lasker and Vlado Martek, in addition to Michael Müller's own drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations and videos: these are some of the materials and works of his exhibition.

The first part of the exhibition title—Skits—describes a short speech act that is used in hip-hop music. It is a deliberate interruption, often parodic, of the closed content form of a hip-hop album. The second part of the title—13 Exhibitions in 9 Rooms—provides information on the subject matter of Müller which appears to be logical in view of the considerable material he has gathered for the exhibition. As varied as this inventory may seem, as varied are the motives Müller presents in the rooms of the Kunsthalle: literature, language, writing, music and dance, mythology and nature, religion and their rituals, gender identity or fashion up to the art system are covering the range of his topics.

On top of this extraordinary use of effort and material, Müller's exhibition inventory is enriched with 15 dancers, ten musicians and two DJs. They will perform the four-hour performance Third Rehearsal for Nietzsche's Birthday Party, 2313 with drums, violins, a cello, a piano and clarinets during the opening night.

​Curated by Hendrik Bündge.

On Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 3pm Michael Müller, Prof. Dr. Sabeth Buchmann (Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien) and Hendrik Bündge (Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden)  will talk about Michael Müller´s exhibition SKITS. 13 Exhibitions in 9 Rooms, his performance Third Rehearsal for Nietzsche's Birthday Party 2313 and the idea of curating in general.
 
Michael Müller (*1970), born in Ingelheim am Rhein, lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Magdalena Jetelová. Recently, his work was presented in the solo exhibition Wer Spricht? at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015). Michael Müller is one of the founders of the Kunstsaele Berlin, which opened in 2010. Since 2015 he holds a professorship at the Universität der Künste, Berlin.

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