Christian Philipp Müeller


November 23, 2004  

Trained in design and fine arts, Christian Philipp Müeller frequently draws links between the fields of architecture, design, visual arts, culinary arts, and literature.

Besides his interest in the specific architecture of the buildings and spaces themselves, Christian Phillip Mueller deals with the question how the social and national history of that space can be represented. For analyzing this question he can take on the role of a historian, a researcher and a tour guide.

The type of aesthetic work Müeller has practiced for over fifteen years is collaborative, interdisciplinary, and site-specific or contextual. Müeller treats art institutions not merely as neutral containers for the presentation of works of art but as historically, materially, and symbolically specific frames of reference and influence. As such Müeller's practice can be seen to take a sociological approach to the field of art. The "business" of art--from the site of production in the studio to the sites of display and distribution in galleries, collections, museums, corporations, auction houses, magazines, and catalogues--is itself made the object of inquiry. Thus the institutional site or context for the work, which might be a literal place or a virtual location within a historical-archival, discursive, or representational context, is a primary agent in both informational and formal aspects of Müeller's work.

Recent collaborative public projects include A world of its own in Vienna, The Campus as a Work of Art at the University of Lüneburg, and Projet Unité in Firmany, France; and About the desire to be in perfect tune with nature, in the Alois Lageder winery in Magreid, Italy. Christian Philipp Müeller was also included at Documenta X in Kassel and recently curated a show at the Architekturmuseum in Basel.

Christian Philipp Müeller, born in Switzerland, now living in NY, divides his time between the United States and Europe.