Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter BlockArbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
May 2–August 30, 2014
Berlin

Reinhard Mucha repeatedly subjects his works to critical revision, transformation and expansion. In the course of restaging an installation from exhibition to exhibition, a gradual accumulation of space and time occurs.

This is likewise the case in his first exhibition at Sprüth Magers in Berlin. Using the central work complex Frankfurter Block, first shown in 2012 at Galerie Grässlin in Frankfurt, as a point of departure, Mucha has developed the idea of presenting in Berlin a total of eight of the eleven pieces that had been on display under the exhibition title Schaffnerlos Werke ohne Arbeiten 1981 – 2012. Integrating some details of the architectural interior – an integral component of the distinctive long-term display of “Block Beuys” at the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, which is currently dismantled – the main space of Galerie Grässlin finds itself relocated in the main space of Galerie Sprüth Magers, as an exhibition of an exhibition, and simultaneously a subtle challenge to the hypocritical ideology of the white cube.

 

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Untitled (Head in Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Created for the exhibition: “Ars Viva – Sculpture and installations by prize-winners selected by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries BDI e.V.” – 1981), [2012], 1982, was conceptually initiated 30 years ago and has been integrated since 2012, in its final version, into Frankfurter Block.

Several hundred coupons cut out from magazines, to request information material from all kinds of businesses, were filled in by Mucha with his address and sent off. As early as 1981, in an exhibition at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, 99 photocopies of the coupons were furnished with framing relating to the Kunsthalle’s architecture. The photocopies were hung like precious miniatures on one of the museum’s linen-covered walls, adjacent to which were approximately 600 unopened letters of reply piled up and presented in a table display case. The proliferation of personal data together with the arbitrariness of the bundles of information generated in this manner, thwarted any customer or personal profile the advertising businesses and institutions may have been seeking. In 2012 in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Christoph Schütte described it as an “essentially analogue work, which even in the digital era of Facebook has lost none of its (socio-political) relevance.” In 1982, in “Junge Kunst in Deutschland – Privat gefördert”, an exhibition of young German artists who had been the recipients of privately supported grants, which was shown at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin and Lenbachhaus in Munich, Mucha now stowed the 99 framed coupons as well as the unopened letters in four display cases. Three photographic views of the installation in Bielefeld were also included and the illuminated display cases were placed on 16 foot stools, which in their both anarchic and playful arrangement became substitutes, quasi placeholders, for the 16 young grant recipients being exhibited, symbolically undermining the patrons well-meaning intentions for the event. It was only in 2012 that four monitors, which are hanging in racks under the display cases, showing video animations of photographs of the three itinerations of the exhibition from 1982/83, supplemented this ensemble. Against the background of a soundtrack of the noise made by young skateboarders, the filmic representation of the stools placed underneath the display cases also counteracts any smoothly coherent museological staging, as well as commenting in a humorous manner on the subject matter and background of the entire exhibition tour.

[Capriccio] – How a Dead Hare Operates with Pictures
, 2012, not only alludes to Beuys, but also to the everyday routines and arrangements of museums and exhibition organisation in general: the glass display case houses two white plinths each positioned horizontally on dollies, on the floor in front, a blanket for packing furniture from the art transport company “Hasenkamp – Internationale Spedition” is rolled up and wedged between the legs of an upside-down foot stool, as the cargo of a convoy of two hand carts and a dolly.

Mucha’s time as an art college student is the subject of the work The Clever Servant (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981), 2002. Rose-Maria Gropp commented on it in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “Behind a four meter wide glass panel, in old-fashioned typography, is the fairy tale of the same name by the Brothers Grimm about a servant who finds three blackbirds in a field instead of searching for his master’s cow. It is accompanied by a looped video of a young man somersaulting about, a refusal of mastery and following transformed into a video, against a soundtrack of noise.”
In the two-part ensemble Knowing whereby, not knowing wherewith. Knowing whereto, not knowing whereat., [2007], 1983, the artist’s hand, that he photographed himself, arranges empty chocolate boxes on a mirror as if on a stage. As shiny shimmering “box girders”, as consumer packaging of seemingly individual form, these deep-drawn plastic molds reveal themselves to be standardizedly glossy, deceptive packaging which in a metaphorical sense effortlessly captures the escapism involved in any act of creative self-fulfilment.
The box girder or “Hohlkasten”, a technical term from bridge building, is a metaphor archetypical of Mucha’s thinking and also plays a fundamental role in Untitled (MILCH) 1:1 model of the eliminated competition entry to “Kunst am Bau – Eingeladener Wettbewerb” for Volkswagen University Library of Berlin Institute of Technology (TU) and Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) 2004, [2014], 1979, an almost eight meter long sculpture. The process of realising this piece is simultaneously an exemplary demonstration of creation over an extended period of time: from the initial idea in 1979, via its proposal as a tender for art in architecture in the central atrium of the Volkswagen University Library Berlin in 2004, to it being executed for the first time for the exhibition at Sprüth Magers in 2014 – and, not least, it is a graphic evocation of vivid thoughts concerning the university as Alma Mater, the nurturing mother.

The reference to Donald Judd’s earliest three-dimensional work, a pictorial object from 1961, in which Judd integrated a rectangular cake tin from aluminium sheeting, is recognisable in Seelze [2014], 2012. The similarly rectangular but albeit larger zinc tub, a found object, is surrounded and supported by a steel construction like a contemporary multifunctional arena and is closed off towards the viewer by a reflective glass panel, the reverse side painted with grey lines.

In Welt am Sonntag 2012 Hans-Joachim Müller spoke of Mucha’s “individual manner of sensuous thoughtfulness. […] When Mucha makes art, he does not produce tangible proximity, but instead distance that is thought.” In addition to this aspect of sensuousness, Müller emphasised the temporal element: “If this work is unified by one thing, then it is the compression of time to which it constantly returns. Mucha impedes the flow of time, thickens it with his home-made preservatives […] the artistic attitude accordingly becomes always a sort of active resistance to the centrifugal forces of history.”

 

Installation Views
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

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Exhibited Works
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Freiheit for Berlin, 2008 / Minden, 2013
Two-part work ensemble

Reinhard Mucha
Freiheit for Berlin, 2008 / Minden, 2013
Two-part work ensemble
Free-standing sculpture
Freiheit for Berlin
Solid wood, float glass (display case); oil paint print on bituminized feltbase (found material) on blockboard (pedestal); wood (3 footstools, found objects); aluminum (9 folding rulers); binding wire
182.6 x 77.0 x 52.0 cm
72 x 30 1/4 x 20 1/2 inches
Wall-mounted sculpture
Minden
Aluminum, float glass, alkyd enamel painted on reverse of glass; rails with so-called diamonds, billiard cloth, cushion rubber (carom billiards table, split found object); residue of various oil paints, resin and dispersion paints, plywood (floorboard from an artist’s studio, split found object); canvas, felt, plywood, blockboard
169.8 x 422.0 x 49.8 cm
66 7/8 x 166 1/8 x 19 5/8 inches
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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Zingst, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Zingst
, 2014
Metal shoulder clamps, float glass, alkyd enamel painted on reverse of glass, wooden ladder (found object), felt, blockboard
83.0 x 196.0 x 27.8 cm
32 3/4 x 77 1/8 x 11 inches
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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Untitled Freiheit for Berlin, 2008
Ed. 6 + 2 a.p.

Reinhard Mucha
Untitled Freiheit for Berlin, 2008
Ed. 6 + 2 a.p.
UV-protection glass, high-quality matboard, archival pigment print of photocopy and analogue colour photographs on fine art inkjet paper
43.4 x 32.0 x 1.0 cm
17 x 12 5/8 x 3/8 inches
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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Altbau gegen Neubau, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Altbau gegen Neubau, 2014
3 footstools wood, various upholstery fabrics (found objects), 6 folding rulers aluminum
36.0 x 75.0 x 25.0 cm
14 1/8 x 29 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches
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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Untitled (MILCH) – 1:1 model of the rejected proposal for “Kunst am Bau – Eingeladener Wettbewerb” for the Volkswagen University Library of the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU) and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) 2004, [2014] 1979

Reinhard Mucha
Untitled (MILCH) – 1:1 model of the rejected proposal for “Kunst am Bau – Eingeladener Wettbewerb” for the Volkswagen University Library of the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU) and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) 2004, [2014] 1979
2 racing bikes, 2 French delivery bicycles (found objects), 2 cable reels, 16 wedge mounts, aluminum construction, alkyd enamel painted on reverse of float glass, (multilayer plywood), 90 fluorescent lamps, light control with remote, control device, control unit, electrical equipment
273.0 x 800.5 x 174.0 cm
107 1/2 x 315 1/8 x 68 1/2 inches
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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Versuchsanordnung II zu Ohne Titel (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982), Für Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Test Arrangement II for Untitled (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982)For Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008

Reinhard Mucha
Versuchsanordnung II 
zu Ohne Titel (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982), Für Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Test Arrangement II for Untitled (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982)For Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Sound- and video-sculpture (endless loops: sound in the saloon coach of the TGV 9836 at 300 km/h between Bruxelles-Midi and Lyon Part Dieu, June 30, 2007 and video-animated photographs of Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein in the exhibition Kunst wird Material, Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982)
3 endless-loops of video animated photographs and 1 endless-loop with soundtrack on 4 DVDs, 4 DVD players, 2 video monitors 20“, 1 video monitor 14“, 2 audio monitors (active), video and electronic cables, cable reel, power strip, 2 dollies, 6 float glass panels, 6 step stools, 2 tape measures, felt cloth, wood
101.0 x 388.0 x 140.0 cm
39 3/4 x 152 3/4 x 55 1/8 inches
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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Edition Seite 63, [1986] 1983
Edition Page 63

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Edition Seite 63, [1986] 1983
Edition Page 63

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block, [2014] 2012 (partial view)
13 parts
Edition Page 63, [1986] 1983
Easton & Amos, 2014
Gallery 4.1 - demountable museum space, [2016] 2014
The Clever Servant (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981), 2002
Ebnath, 2014
Untitled (Head in Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Created for the exhibition: „Ars Viva – Sculpture and Installations by prizewinners selected by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries BDI e.V. “ – 1981), [2012], 1982
[Capriccio] – How a Dead Hare Operates with Pictures, 2012
Head in Sand, [2012] 1981
&
The Steel Baron – Excerpts from the Big Calendar, 1989
Kyritz, 2014
Knowing whereby, not knowing wherewith. Knowing whereto, not knowing whereat, [2007] 1983
DiptychRahn should shoot from the back,“ 2014
Diptych
Seelze, [2014] 2012

Installation view Reinhard Mucha Frankfurter BlockArbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981–2014
Sprüth Magers Berlin, May 2–August 30 2014
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Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
, [2014] 2012 (partial view)
13 parts
Edition Page 63, [1986] 1983
Easton & Amos, 2014
Gallery 4.1 – demountable museum space, [2016] 2014
The Clever Servant (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981), 2002
Ebnath, 2014
Untitled (Head in Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Created for the exhibition: „Ars Viva – Sculpture and Installations by prizewinners selected by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries BDI e.V. “ – 1981), [2012], 1982
[Capriccio] – How a Dead Hare Operates with Pictures, 2012
Head in Sand, [2012] 1981
&
The Steel Baron – Excerpts from the Big Calendar, 1989
Kyritz, 2014
Knowing whereby, not knowing wherewith. Knowing whereto, not knowing whereat, [2007] 1983
Diptych
Rahn should shoot from the back,“ 2014
Diptych
Seelze, [2014] 2012
Installation view Reinhard Mucha, Frankfurter BlockArbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981–2014, Sprüth Magers Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Easton & Amos, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Easton & Amos, 2014

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Galerie 4.0 – zerlegbarer Museumsraum, 2014
Gallery 4.0 – demountable museum space

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Galerie 4.0 – zerlegbarer Museumsraum, 2014
Gallery 4.0 – demountable museum space

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Der kluge Knecht (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981), 2002
The Clever Servant (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981)

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Der kluge Knecht (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981), 2002
The Clever Servant (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981)

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Ohne Titel (Kopf im Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Entstanden anläßlich der Ausstellung: „Ars Viva – Skulpturen und Installationen von Preisträgern des Kulturkreises im Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V.“ – 1981), [2012] 1982 (detail)
Untitled (Head in Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Created for the exhibition: “Ars Viva – Sculpture and Installations by prizewinners selected by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries BDI e.V.” – 1981)

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Ohne Titel (Kopf im Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Entstanden anläßlich der Ausstellung: „Ars Viva – Skulpturen und Installationen von Preisträgern des Kulturkreises im Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V.“ – 1981), [2012] 1982 (detail)
Untitled (Head in Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Created for the exhibition: “Ars Viva – Sculpture and Installations by prizewinners selected by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries BDI e.V.” – 1981)

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Ebnath, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Ebnath, 2014

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
[Capriccio] – Wie der tote Hase mit den Bildern verkehrt, 2012
[Capriccio] – How a Dead Hare Operates with Pictures

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
[Capriccio] – Wie der tote Hase mit den Bildern verkehrt, 2012
[Capriccio] – How a Dead Hare Operates with Pictures

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Kopf im Sand, [2012] 1981 (details)
Head in Sand

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Kopf im Sand, [2012] 1981 (details)
Head in Sand

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Kopf im Sand, [2012] 1981 (detail)
Head in Sand
&
Der Stahlbaron – Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, 1989 (detail)
The Steel Baron – Excerpts from the Big Calendar

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Kopf im Sand, [2012] 1981 (detail)
Head in Sand
&
Der Stahlbaron – Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, 1989 (detail)
The Steel Baron – Excerpts from the Big Calendar

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Kyritz, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Kyritz, 2014

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
aus dem Hintergrund müßte Rahn schießen,“ 2014
Rahn should shoot from the back, 2014
Diptych

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
aus dem Hintergrund müßte Rahn schießen,“ 2014
Rahn should shoot from the back, 2014
Diptych

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Gewußt wodurch, nicht wissen womit. Gewußt wohin, nicht wissen wobei, [2007] 1983
Knowing whereby, not knowing wherewith. Knowing whereto, not knowing whereat

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Gewußt wodurch, nicht wissen womit. Gewußt wohin, nicht wissen wobei, [2007] 1983
Knowing whereby, not knowing wherewith. Knowing whereto, not knowing whereat
Diptych

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Seelze, [2014] 2012

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Seelze, [2014] 2012

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Der Bau - Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, [2000] 1999 (partial view)
The Burrow” - Excerpts from the Big Calendar, [2000] 1999
Three parts
Metal, plastic, float glass, color laser prints of drawings, watercolors and collages, staples, paper, acid free museum board, Multiplex plywood, aluminum
296.7 x 82.0 x 9.5 cm
116 7/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
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Reinhard Mucha
Der Bau – Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, [2000] 1999 (partial view)
The Burrow” – Excerpts from the Big Calendar, [2000] 1999
Three parts
Metal, plastic, float glass, color laser prints of drawings, watercolors and collages, staples, paper, acid free museum board, Multiplex plywood, aluminum
296.7 x 82.0 x 9.5 cm
116 7/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
© muchaArchive

Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Der Bau - Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, [2000] 1999 (partial view)
The Burrow” - Excerpts from the Big Calendar, [2000] 1999
Three parts
Metal, plastic, float glass, color laser prints of drawings, watercolors and collages, staples, paper, acid free museum board, Multiplex plywood, aluminum
420.0 x 82.0 x 9.5 cm
165 3/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
© muchaArchive

Reinhard Mucha
Der Bau – Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, [2000] 1999 (partial view)
The Burrow” – Excerpts from the Big Calendar, [2000] 1999
Three parts
Metal, plastic, float glass, color laser prints of drawings, watercolors and collages, staples, paper, acid free museum board, Multiplex plywood, aluminum
420.0 x 82.0 x 9.5 cm
165 3/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin
Reinhard Mucha
Der Bau - Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, [2000] 1999 (partial view)
The Burrow” - Excerpts from the Big Calendar, [2000] 1999
Three parts
Metal, plastic, float glass, color laser prints of drawings, watercolors and collages, staples, paper, acid free museum board, Multiplex plywood, aluminum
420.0 x 82.0 x 9.5 cm
165 3/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
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Reinhard Mucha
Der Bau – Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, [2000] 1999 (partial view)
The Burrow” – Excerpts from the Big Calendar, [2000] 1999
Three parts
Metal, plastic, float glass, color laser prints of drawings, watercolors and collages, staples, paper, acid free museum board, Multiplex plywood, aluminum
420.0 x 82.0 x 9.5 cm
165 3/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Freiheit for Berlin, 2008 / Minden, 2013
Two-part work ensemble
Free-standing sculpture
Freiheit for Berlin
Solid wood, float glass (display case); oil paint print on bituminized feltbase (found material) on blockboard (pedestal); wood (3 footstools, found objects); aluminum (9 folding rulers); binding wire
182.6 x 77.0 x 52.0 cm
72 x 30 1/4 x 20 1/2 inches
Wall-mounted sculpture
Minden
Aluminum, float glass, alkyd enamel painted on reverse of glass; rails with so-called diamonds, billiard cloth, cushion rubber (carom billiards table, split found object); residue of various oil paints, resin and dispersion paints, plywood (floorboard from an artist’s studio, split found object); canvas, felt, plywood, blockboard
169.8 x 422.0 x 49.8 cm
66 7/8 x 166 1/8 x 19 5/8 inches
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Reinhard Mucha
Freiheit for Berlin, 2008 / Minden, 2013
Two-part work ensemble
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Zingst
, 2014
Metal shoulder clamps, float glass, alkyd enamel painted on reverse of glass, wooden ladder (found object), felt, blockboard
83.0 x 196.0 x 27.8 cm
32 3/4 x 77 1/8 x 11 inches
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Reinhard Mucha
Zingst, 2014
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Untitled Freiheit for Berlin, 2008
Ed. 6 + 2 a.p.
UV-protection glass, high-quality matboard, archival pigment print of photocopy and analogue colour photographs on fine art inkjet paper
43.4 x 32.0 x 1.0 cm
17 x 12 5/8 x 3/8 inches
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Reinhard Mucha
Untitled Freiheit for Berlin, 2008
Ed. 6 + 2 a.p.
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Altbau gegen Neubau, 2014
3 footstools wood, various upholstery fabrics (found objects), 6 folding rulers aluminum
36.0 x 75.0 x 25.0 cm
14 1/8 x 29 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches
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Reinhard Mucha
Altbau gegen Neubau, 2014
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Untitled (MILCH) – 1:1 model of the rejected proposal for “Kunst am Bau – Eingeladener Wettbewerb” for the Volkswagen University Library of the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU) and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) 2004, [2014] 1979
2 racing bikes, 2 French delivery bicycles (found objects), 2 cable reels, 16 wedge mounts, aluminum construction, alkyd enamel painted on reverse of float glass, (multilayer plywood), 90 fluorescent lamps, light control with remote, control device, control unit, electrical equipment
273.0 x 800.5 x 174.0 cm
107 1/2 x 315 1/8 x 68 1/2 inches
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Reinhard Mucha
Untitled (MILCH) – 1:1 model of the rejected proposal for “Kunst am Bau – Eingeladener Wettbewerb” for the Volkswagen University Library of the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU) and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) 2004, [2014] 1979
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Versuchsanordnung II 
zu Ohne Titel (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982), Für Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Test Arrangement II for Untitled (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982)For Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Sound- and video-sculpture (endless loops: sound in the saloon coach of the TGV 9836 at 300 km/h between Bruxelles-Midi and Lyon Part Dieu, June 30, 2007 and video-animated photographs of Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein in the exhibition Kunst wird Material, Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982)
3 endless-loops of video animated photographs and 1 endless-loop with soundtrack on 4 DVDs, 4 DVD players, 2 video monitors 20“, 1 video monitor 14“, 2 audio monitors (active), video and electronic cables, cable reel, power strip, 2 dollies, 6 float glass panels, 6 step stools, 2 tape measures, felt cloth, wood
101.0 x 388.0 x 140.0 cm
39 3/4 x 152 3/4 x 55 1/8 inches
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Reinhard Mucha
Versuchsanordnung II zu Ohne Titel (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982), Für Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Test Arrangement II for Untitled (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982)For Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Edition Seite 63, [1986] 1983
Edition Page 63

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Edition Seite 63, [1986] 1983
Edition Page 63
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
, [2014] 2012 (partial view)
13 parts
Edition Page 63, [1986] 1983
Easton & Amos, 2014
Gallery 4.1 – demountable museum space, [2016] 2014
The Clever Servant (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981), 2002
Ebnath, 2014
Untitled (Head in Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Created for the exhibition: „Ars Viva – Sculpture and Installations by prizewinners selected by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries BDI e.V. “ – 1981), [2012], 1982
[Capriccio] – How a Dead Hare Operates with Pictures, 2012
Head in Sand, [2012] 1981
&
The Steel Baron – Excerpts from the Big Calendar, 1989
Kyritz, 2014
Knowing whereby, not knowing wherewith. Knowing whereto, not knowing whereat, [2007] 1983
Diptych
Rahn should shoot from the back,“ 2014
Diptych
Seelze, [2014] 2012
Installation view Reinhard Mucha, Frankfurter BlockArbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981–2014, Sprüth Magers Berlin, May 2–August 30, 2014
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Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block, [2014] 2012 (partial view)
13 parts
Edition Page 63, [1986] 1983
Easton & Amos, 2014
Gallery 4.1 - demountable museum space, [2016] 2014
The Clever Servant (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981), 2002
Ebnath, 2014
Untitled (Head in Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Created for the exhibition: „Ars Viva – Sculpture and Installations by prizewinners selected by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries BDI e.V. “ – 1981), [2012], 1982
[Capriccio] – How a Dead Hare Operates with Pictures, 2012
Head in Sand, [2012] 1981
&
The Steel Baron – Excerpts from the Big Calendar, 1989
Kyritz, 2014
Knowing whereby, not knowing wherewith. Knowing whereto, not knowing whereat, [2007] 1983
DiptychRahn should shoot from the back,“ 2014
Diptych
Seelze, [2014] 2012

Installation view Reinhard Mucha Frankfurter BlockArbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981–2014
Sprüth Magers Berlin, May 2–August 30 2014
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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Easton & Amos, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Easton & Amos, 2014
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Galerie 4.0 – zerlegbarer Museumsraum, 2014
Gallery 4.0 – demountable museum space

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Galerie 4.0 – zerlegbarer Museumsraum, 2014
Gallery 4.0 – demountable museum space
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Der kluge Knecht (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981), 2002
The Clever Servant (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981)

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Der kluge Knecht (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981), 2002
The Clever Servant (Ohne Titel – Staatliche Kunstakademie – Düsseldorf – 1981)
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Ohne Titel (Kopf im Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Entstanden anläßlich der Ausstellung: „Ars Viva – Skulpturen und Installationen von Preisträgern des Kulturkreises im Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V.“ – 1981), [2012] 1982 (detail)
Untitled (Head in Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Created for the exhibition: “Ars Viva – Sculpture and Installations by prizewinners selected by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries BDI e.V.” – 1981)

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Ohne Titel (Kopf im Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Entstanden anläßlich der Ausstellung: „Ars Viva – Skulpturen und Installationen von Preisträgern des Kulturkreises im Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V.“ – 1981), [2012] 1982 (detail)
Untitled (Head in Sand – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Created for the exhibition: “Ars Viva – Sculpture and Installations by prizewinners selected by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries BDI e.V.” – 1981)
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Ebnath, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Ebnath, 2014
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
[Capriccio] – Wie der tote Hase mit den Bildern verkehrt, 2012
[Capriccio] – How a Dead Hare Operates with Pictures

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
[Capriccio] – Wie der tote Hase mit den Bildern verkehrt, 2012
[Capriccio] – How a Dead Hare Operates with Pictures
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Kopf im Sand, [2012] 1981 (details)
Head in Sand

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Kopf im Sand, [2012] 1981 (details)
Head in Sand
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Kopf im Sand, [2012] 1981 (detail)
Head in Sand
&
Der Stahlbaron – Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, 1989 (detail)
The Steel Baron – Excerpts from the Big Calendar

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Kopf im Sand, [2012] 1981 (detail)
Head in Sand
&
Der Stahlbaron – Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, 1989 (detail)
The Steel Baron – Excerpts from the Big Calendar
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Kyritz, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Kyritz, 2014
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
aus dem Hintergrund müßte Rahn schießen,“ 2014
Rahn should shoot from the back, 2014
Diptych

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
aus dem Hintergrund müßte Rahn schießen,“ 2014
Rahn should shoot from the back, 2014
Diptych
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Gewußt wodurch, nicht wissen womit. Gewußt wohin, nicht wissen wobei, [2007] 1983
Knowing whereby, not knowing wherewith. Knowing whereto, not knowing whereat
Diptych

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Gewußt wodurch, nicht wissen womit. Gewußt wohin, nicht wissen wobei, [2007] 1983
Knowing whereby, not knowing wherewith. Knowing whereto, not knowing whereat
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Seelze, [2014] 2012

Reinhard Mucha
Frankfurter Block
Seelze, [2014] 2012
Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Der Bau – Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, [2000] 1999 (partial view)
The Burrow” – Excerpts from the Big Calendar, [2000] 1999
Three parts
Metal, plastic, float glass, color laser prints of drawings, watercolors and collages, staples, paper, acid free museum board, Multiplex plywood, aluminum
296.7 x 82.0 x 9.5 cm
116 7/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
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Reinhard Mucha
Der Bau - Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, [2000] 1999 (partial view)
The Burrow” - Excerpts from the Big Calendar, [2000] 1999
Three parts
Metal, plastic, float glass, color laser prints of drawings, watercolors and collages, staples, paper, acid free museum board, Multiplex plywood, aluminum
296.7 x 82.0 x 9.5 cm
116 7/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Der Bau – Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, [2000] 1999 (partial view)
The Burrow” – Excerpts from the Big Calendar, [2000] 1999
Three parts
Metal, plastic, float glass, color laser prints of drawings, watercolors and collages, staples, paper, acid free museum board, Multiplex plywood, aluminum
420.0 x 82.0 x 9.5 cm
165 3/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
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Reinhard Mucha
Der Bau - Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, [2000] 1999 (partial view)
The Burrow” - Excerpts from the Big Calendar, [2000] 1999
Three parts
Metal, plastic, float glass, color laser prints of drawings, watercolors and collages, staples, paper, acid free museum board, Multiplex plywood, aluminum
420.0 x 82.0 x 9.5 cm
165 3/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
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Reinhard Mucha – Frankfurter Block – Arbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Der Bau – Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, [2000] 1999 (partial view)
The Burrow” – Excerpts from the Big Calendar, [2000] 1999
Three parts
Metal, plastic, float glass, color laser prints of drawings, watercolors and collages, staples, paper, acid free museum board, Multiplex plywood, aluminum
420.0 x 82.0 x 9.5 cm
165 3/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
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Reinhard Mucha
Der Bau - Auszüge aus dem großen Kalender, [2000] 1999 (partial view)
The Burrow” - Excerpts from the Big Calendar, [2000] 1999
Three parts
Metal, plastic, float glass, color laser prints of drawings, watercolors and collages, staples, paper, acid free museum board, Multiplex plywood, aluminum
420.0 x 82.0 x 9.5 cm
165 3/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
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Selected Press

Reinhard Mucha
Frieze, review by Kirsty Bell, September, 2014

Der Mann, der nicht fertig wird
Welt am Sonntag, review by Hans-Joachim Müller, May 18, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Artblog Cologne, review by Noemi Smolik, May 23, 2014

Reinhard Mucha
Artforum, review by Andrea Gyorody, July 1, 2014

Recap: Reinhard Mucha und Philip-Lorca diCorcia bei Sprüth Magers
Art School Vets, May 7, 2014

Sprüth Magers 1, 2, 3
Der Tagesspiegel, review by Angela Hohmann, May 3, 2014