reinhard mucha exhibits more than 60 unseen sculptures in his first major exhibition since 1987

reinhard mucha exhibits more than 60 unseen sculptures in his first major exhibition since 1987

Reinhard mucha in Der Mucha – An initial suspicion

Sculptures that become sculptures flesh out the enigma behind the range of artworks that Reinhard Mucha has created for more than four decades. In the first great exposure of the artist based in Düsseldorf since the double exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern and the Kunsthalle Basel in 1987, the work of Mucha sculptures it underlines how his works were considered ahead of their time for artistic developments of the 1980s and beyond.

A Ferris wheel packed with plastic chairs attached to steel ladders sits next to a carousel of flat-screen TVs. The stools act as containers for power sources, poles for cables, or canvases to imitate tube televisions, either outdoors or enclosed in a glass box.

Der Mucha – An initial suspicion explores Murcha’s multifaceted work in relation to the installation genre. His sculptures reflect on the art exhibition industry and museums, the handling of material in art, as well as the awareness of history and the reflection of society.

A hint of contemporary and industrial history with a dash of pop culture is repeated throughout his works and is intertwined with the biography of the artist, who was born after World War II.

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images courtesy of Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, © muchaArchiv / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 | photos by Achim Kukulies

‘This major poll exposure is long overdue’

Reinhard Mucha Der Mucha – An initial suspicion – a reference to the DER MUCHA restaurant guide, which was widespread in Austria in the 1980s – is parked in Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Museum in Düsseldorf, Germany. For the museum’s director, Susanne Gaensheimer, Reinhard Mucha is one of the most important international artists of the 1980s, having contributed significantly to the current conception of sculpture, installation and conceptual art.

‘With key works from his student days at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in the late 1970s, he fundamentally expanded the conceptual notion of what sculpture is and can be. To this day, his works have not lost any of their meaning, so Mucha can be described as a historical and contemporary artist. Gaensheimer says. “This major survey exhibition has been long overdue and was therefore an essential desideratum for me when I arrived in Düsseldorf, a city with a lively art scene with numerous top stalls since Joseph Beuys. For me, Reinhard Mucha is at the forefront of this’

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image © muchaArchiv / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Reinhard Mucha’s work, with its redefinition of sculpture, photography and installation, is considered one of the most important artistic positions from the 1980s to the present. With the exhibition dedicated to the artist, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will unite previously unpublished installations, including his work for the German Pavilion at the 44th Venice Biennale in 1990, with works from all creative phases at its two venues, K20 and K21.

While the K20 location offers Reinhard Mucha the opportunity to combine three large-scale installations and several multi-part works into one self-contained overall installation, the second floor of the K21 area presents a twelve-room course with over sixty works carefully selected works spanning more than forty years. The museum extends the exhibition at K20 until May 7, 2023.

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image © muchaArchiv / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

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