Michael Müller

Städel Museum: "The Given Day – Castor & Polydeuces"
The Städel Museum
14/10/2022 - 23/04/2023
Extended until 23/04/2023
Michael Müller presents "The Given Day", a site-specific 24 large-format canvases spanning 6 x 65 metres, that symbolize the 24 hours of a day. Firstly, there is the physical notion of time, which allows for a subdivision of time segments into objective units; secondly, there is human-existential time, which evades such a strict subdivision. In addition, Müller debuts a new painting series entitled “Hades”, known as the realm of the dead in Ancient Greek mythology, with drawings and a sculpture, across three sections in the space of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.
The solo exhibition is a multi-faceted artistic reflection on the meaning of time, mortality, and love that endures outside of time. In the process, Müller weighs up the potential of abstraction.
“Ostensible opposites such as day and night, death and life, reality and abstraction, image and copy not only get juxtaposed to each other in Michael Müller’s works, but brought together on the canvas. Here, cultural and historical conditions play a role, as does exploring the reach of painting, something that is an elementary part of Müller’s conceptual approach.” – Curator, Svenja Grosser

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