Reinhard Mucha was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1950 and studied with Klaus Rinke at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, where he began to develop his highly complex artistic language that would find full form in a number of seminal installations in Europe throughout the 1980s and 1990s. These include Gladbeck at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris in 1986; Mutterseelenallein at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt a.M. in 1991-1999, and since 2009 at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino; Das Deutschlandgerät at the 44th Venice Biennale in 1990; Wartesaal at documenta X, Kassel in 1997; and Stockholmer Raum, Für Rafael Moneo at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm in 1998. Throughout Mucha’s artistic production of the past four decades run themes of collective identity, memory, nationalism, the psychology of architecture and power, the museum as the locus for the creation of history, and the merging of industrial, historical and political landscapes. His complex work penetrates several dualities: connectivity and isolation, temporality and permanence, intimate narrative and national history; progress and stasis.
A recent exhibition dedicated to Mucha’s work was held at the Kunstmusuem Basel | Gegenwart in Switzerland in 2016. His work is included in the permanent collections of numerous international public institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Mucha currently resides and works in Düsseldorf.
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