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This artist’s works are reflections on the human existence. Where once large-scale paintings or elaborate sculptures gave lessons on characters and destinies, on vices and virtues, today the works by Regine Müller-Waldeck continue this narrative. It is the never-ending story of the fragility of a human being, of the eternal fight between confidence and despair, peacefulness and brutality, between basic trust and hope on the one hand and hardship and misery on the other.

As a socially and politically-alert personality, Regine Müller-Waldeck is not only concerned with the existentialist topic of ‘being-thrown-into-the-world’; she also questions the structures of relations and power we are bound into. That ranges from the individual relation with ourselves to gender-specific and interpersonal relations to the state executive and civil society. Her objects radiate a feeling of latent risk, they reflect the impossibility of controling interpersonal situations.

The extraordinary aspect of these works is this: while they deal with human experiences, man himself is absent. The objects are his representatives, they are symbols. Only in exceptional cases, for instance the wrung-out pieces of textile, is human activity recognizable.

On the whole as well as in detail, these objects are clearly identifiable, yet they remain enigmatic. There are – in Fence (2007) – familiar objects such as a door panel, a tilted chair frame and a branch, yet the head-like bundles immersed in wax remain mysterious, and our association with a raft must remain just an attempt at an interpretation. Similarly the wrung textiles: they are familiar to anyone who has ever tried to dry a piece of laundry; yet the interpretation of a „wrung existence“, as ever the same human fate, different as the human clay may be – that is the beholder’s point of view.

The objects and stagings are abstract and representational-narrative at the same time; the artist speaks of „frozen gestures and stills from a still running movie“. The clear readability might at anytime turn into a state of the absurd, scary or almost unrecognizable. This ambiguity is not the least based on the materiality of the objects. „My concern,“ the artist explains, „is to give the works their own lives, so that they exist just in their own materiality, their concrete medium and thus withdraw from the intellect and its verbal abstract structure.“

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Biography

REGINE MÜLLER-WALDECK

1975 born in Greifswald

lives and works in Berlin and Gristow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

 

Since 2012 Member of the artists group Camelot/Cumuli

2005 – 2008 Master-class student of Timm Rautert, HGB Academy of visual Arts, Leipzig

2002 lecturing digital photography, Sächsische LehmbauGruppe, Leipziger Gesellschaft für Bildung und Arbeit mbh, Leipzig

2001 – 2005 studied fine arts with Astrid Klein, Diploma, HGB Academy of visual Arts Leipzig

2000 – 2002 Interdisciplinary d/o/c/k-project HGB Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, with Beatrice von Bismarck and Alexander Koch

1999 – 2000 studied with Mischa Kuball

“Salon” monthly talk (with Alexej Meschtschanow)

1996 – 2001 studied Media arts, HGB Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig

1994 – 1996 educated as graphic designer, Grafik+Design-Schule, Anklam

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2015 Residency by Mecklenburgisches Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow for Virginia Creative Center of Arts (USA)

Virginia Creative Center of Arts (USA)

2015 stipend of the Käthe-Dorsch-und-Agnes-Straub-Stiftung

2012 stipend of the Karin Abt-Straubinger Stiftung

2010 stipend for NewYork by the culture foundation of the Free State of Saxony

2009 grant from the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

2008 Ars Lipsiensis Art Prize of Dresdner Bank

2007 grant from the culture foundation of the Free State of Saxony

2006 scholarship for female master-class students of the Free State of Saxony

2005 Sachsen LB grant for diploma graduate students of the HGB Academy of visual Arts Leipzig

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 The folded, Galerie Marion Scharmann, Cologne (with Jana Müller)

2012 Neverending Story – Psychofamily, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn (with Jana Müller)

2010 TOMATENCASINO / PAYHALL, Galerie Klemm’s Berlin

2009 Regine Müller-Waldeck, Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin – Project room

2006 /07 Emotional Security, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig 2006 Galerie AMERIKA, Berlin (with Adrian Sauer)

2005 Hanging – Oxford Street, Galerie AMERIKA, Berlin (with Frank Berger)

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 Trading Places – Zum Handeln der Dinge, Mewo Kunsthalle Memmingen

2015 GLUE – „ … and I’ m not happy and I’ m not sad“, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Bethanien, Berlin

2015 3 D – Positionen zur Skulptur, Schloss Plüschow

2015 Trading Places – Zum Handeln der Dinge, L40, Berlin

2015 Disgni scelti dall’archivio – Storage Drawings 2012 – 2015, Goethe-Institut Bologna

2014 Schwarze Sauberei, tête, Berlin

2014 1st drawing Biennial Rimini with Drawings Storage

2014 Painting and Sculpture, 532, New York,

2013 13, Ballhaus Ost, Berlin

2013/14 Rostock art prize 2013, Kunsthalle Rostock

2013 No more heroes anymore, Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin

2013 Pieces, Galerie Kwadrat, Berlin

2013 Cumuli, L40, Berlin

2012 In several aspects, Halka Art Project, Istanbul

2012 Berlin.Status [1], Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

2011 Dorothea, Gallery Ancient and Modern, London

2011 Berliner Zimmer Genossen, Funkhaus Nalepastrasse, Berlin

2011 Pop Hits, Tanzschuleprojects München, Autocenter Berlin

2010 The Disasters of Peace, Umspannwerk Berlin Tiergarten

 

2010 KMA, Galerie Krome Berlin

2010 Die Dinge des Lebens, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse Leipzig

2010 Glassworks. Fred Rapid. Autocenter Berlin

2009 Hector-Kunstpreis 2009, Kunsthalle Mannheim

2009 Carte Blanche IX: Vor heimischer Kulisse, GfZK, Leipzig

 

2009 Close the Gap – Photography Studies with Timm Rautert, Kunstvereine Speyer and Pfaffenhofen, Galerie Kleindienst, Werkschauhalle Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig

2009 Amnesie I, Kunstverein Leipzig

2009 Unwille / Reluctance, Künstlerhaus Dortmund

2008 Vertrautes Terrain – Resonanzraum / Familiar Terrain – Resonating Cavity, ZKM Karlsruhe (Katalog / catalogue)

2008 Meisterklasse Fotografie 2006 – 2008 / Master-class Photographie 2006 – 2008, Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig

2008 Close the Gap – Studium der Fotografie bei Timm Rautert / Close the Gap – Photographie Studies at Timm Rauterts, Sädtische Galerie Kiel (Katalog / catalogue)

2007 Without Shadow – Masterclass of Timm Rautert, Galerie Eigen und Art, Leipzig

2007 A4, Galerie AMERIKA, Berlin

2007 Große Gefühle, Kunstverein Langenhagen

2007 Floodlight, Galerie Maurer, Frankfurt

2006 / 07 Cropped – Artists from European Academies, Figge von Rosen Galerie, Cologne

2006 Before Everyone’s Eyes, Master class Timm Rautert – Académie des arts visuels Leipzig, bac (bâtiment d’art contemporain), Geneva

2006 Berlin goes Zurich, Galerie Arndt & Partner,

2006 BS 1, temporary project space, AMERIKA, Diskus and Martin Mertens galleries, Berlin  

2006 A Question [of/for] the Gesture, Opera Leipzig

2005 Amerika in Leipzig, Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig

2005 Precipitations, HGB Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig

2005 To be in the Picture, HGB Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (with d/o/c/k-Project)

2004 The Crack in the Teacup – Proceedings in Space, Kunstraum B/2 Leipzig

2001 Zugzwang, HGB Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig

2001 d/o/c/k-Projektbereich / d/o/c/k-Project, in Kooperation / in cooperation mit / with Christian Jankowski

1998 All Speek like Telly, You speekin’ lyka Book, HGB Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig