Christian Philipp Müller

Christian Philipp Müller

Critical Collection, 1990–2009 (2009)

Since the late 1980s the works of Christian Philipp Müller in various media update artistic models of historical conceptualism and institutional critique on the basis of an expanded notion of site-specificity. They are united by a methodological premise that is followed as rigidly as humorously: It is the context of an artwork from which its production needs to depart. For his first institutional solo show in Brussels in 1991, for instance, the Berlin- and New York-based artist used the presence of an auction house in the museum to reflect on “fixed values” in contemporary art by offering souvenirs of his former performances for public sale. Müller’s works have been developed for numerous international exhibitions (such as the Venice Biennale and the Documenta in Kassel). Christian Philipp Müller’s response to the invitation to conceive an artist’s edition on the occasion of the 75th issue of this magazine, is as humorous as consequential: He produced a work that focuses on the ideal and economic importance of the support “Texte zur Kunst” receives by artists in the form of editions. In a still life, the colour photograph “Critical Collection, 1990-2009”, 2009, brings together an elaborately arranged selection of three-dimensional artists’ editions produced since 1990 as they today can be found on site in the archives of “Texte zur Kunst”.

For „Texte zur Kunst“, Christian Philipp Müller has conceived a colour photograph entitled “Critical Collection, 1990-2009”, 2009. The work measures 30 x 45 cm and comes in an edition of 40 + 10 APs. It is signed and numbered on the back and costs 350,- Euro plus shipping.