Christian Philipp Müller

Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst

This first major retrospective of Swiss artist Christian Philipp Müller brought together central works of the last twenty years of the artist’s steadily context-specific practice, and also featured a new site-specific project, “Basics,” 2007, produced specially for the exhibition. The representative selection of older works was presented in thematically arranged groupings and constituted a synopsis of Müller’s main topics and projects. Grüne Grenze (Green Border), 1993, his work for the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale, for instance, is a rubric of its own: Disguised as a tourist, Müller illegally crossed the borders of Austria eight times; he documented his journeys with photographs, historical engravings of the landscape he’d traversed, and a table made of varieties of wood common in Austria.

Under the category “Modernismus” (Modernism) were assembled works that exemplify Müller’s

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