Reinhard Mucha

Van Horn

Reinhard Mucha’s first solo show since his appearance at Luhring Augustine in New York in 1998—and his first show in Düsseldorf in twenty-three years—was both familiar and unfamiliar. He is still recycling traces of the past: Entering the gallery, one saw to one’s left a tall stack of twelve gray wooden crates containing (but also part of) unsold copies of the artist’s Edition 1991–Kreuzstück (Edition 1991–Cross Piece), 2004, and right next to them a vitrine titled Before the Wall Came Down, 2008; to the right, on the side wall, were a series of untitled oil paintings from 1986 by Mucha’s friend Helmut Dorner, and behind them, on the back wall, nine of Mucha’s exhibition posters. We read, for instance, XLIV BIENNALE, VENEDIG (Venice), 1990, KOPFDIKTATE (Head Dictations), and KASSE BEIM FAHRER (Pay the Driver), titles spelled out in clear typography on top of old blackand-white images.

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