Christian Philipp Müller, Ein Balanceakt (A Balancing Act), 1997. Performance view, Documenta 10, Kassel, Germany. Christian Philipp Müller.


Christian Philipp Müller

Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst
St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
January 19–April 15

Curated by Philipp Kaiser

Since the mid-1980s, Christian Philipp Müller has produced mixed-media work indebted in various ways to the site-specific art of the ’60s and ’70s. His well-known 1993 piece Green Border, for instance—consisting of illegal border crossings into all the countries surrounding Austria—recalled the performance-driven practices of Land art while invoking more recent geopolitical themes. This midcareer retrospective documents Müller’s work from 1986 to the present. It also features an extensive project, developed specifically for this exhibition—an exploration of Basel’s St. Alban-Tal that ties together the history of the city’s contemporary art museum with that of the district’s now-defunct paper mills. The catalogue—with essays by curator Philipp Kaiser, Sabeth Buchmann, and Miwon Kwon and an interview with the artist by James Meyer—should highlight the curatorial challenges of presenting and re-presenting context-specific art.