Ingrid Mueller is a Munich Artist Exploring “Home”

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Ingrid Mueller with a two sided screen -Original artwork mixed media acrylic and paper collage on canvas – For Sale: 1500 Euro inc. VAT

Yesterday I visited Ingrid Mueller at the Kunsttreff Quiddezentrum to see the exhibition space that Munich Artists will be using from April 20 until May 5, 2016 for a TBA group exhibition/party.

The space is located in Neuperlach in a deserted shopping center.  My first thought was “How cool! I want a studio here.” That was a gut reaction without my brain joining in on the discussion because I live in Sendling and work near Viktualienmarkt so a studio in Neuperlach would make no sense whatsoever but, I do have a car and a love of oldish buildings where I can make artsy messes and where I can see street art everyday.

This building reminds me of my deluxe lego set which I played with for hours building square buildings with little windows for my matchstick cars.  The building also feels hipster and cool and a great place to kick back with a coffee and a camera and a few Munich Artists. (Bring your own thermos because the place is empty except for art studios and the gallery spaces. There are no hipster coffee shops here BUT maybe we can do a popup Foodie event on the evening of our gathering?)

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Heading to Kunstreff-Quiddezentrum
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Quiddezentrum – balconies perfect for coffee drinking or Graffiti art.

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an artists studio at Quiddezentrum
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Inside Kunsttreff

Getting out of my car, I glimpsed this art piece on the side of the building:

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street art Neuperlach

and then this one:

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and then this one!

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After snapping the three art pieces, I wondered where the other street artists were hiding? Why was this building naked? In other cities this building would have been coated with art because the walls can be reached without a cherry picker and everybody knows the building is eventually going to be torn down.  Hello? Street artists? Anybody wanting to go pimp this building before the exhibition in April?  The building is going to be torn down this year. Time is running out!

Ingrid Mueller

Ingrid Mueller is a Bavarian artist. Here is all the bio stuff that might interest you. Her website is called “Moments of Human experience.”  Don’t Google for an Ingrid Mueller website because that does not belong to this Ingrid Mueller and I don’t want you to be confused between the two Ingrids.  The bavarian Ingrid Mueller has a website entitled “momente-des-menschseins.de”

I met Ingrid Mueller at the Kunsttreff to see the exhibition space and then we walked over to her studio and she showed me her current work which is very different from her prior work. (I took not a single photo of her older work.)

The photos below are of my favourite piece. It is two sided and Ingrid used acrylic on canvas with these cutouts she made from books.  The cutouts on this piece are cut from the text of an art encyclopedia.  I like that German artists are treading into old book manipulation & using them as raw art material. Books are much more valuable to Germans than to Americans so this seems to mean more for some reason. German artists are now willing to destroy a book to make something new from it.  I wonder what dark and dingy trail art historians will go down from this observation.

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I really like these monkeys

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I love these monkeys.  They are my favourite part of this panel.

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Here are a few more pieces in this mixed media style:

Looking at Ingrid’s older works, I could not believe it was the same artist.  I asked her if she had some kind of epiphany but she just shrugged.  That is an ok answer for me. Who really cares why an artist goes from straight figurative to exploring “Heimat” in a mixed media format in a flat two dimensional way that has nothing to do with “real life” figures as long as it is the same artist and it is a pivot in her art production/style development and she continues to explore her theme without falling back into her safety zone classic figurative artwork.

Ingrid has a few pieces where the artwork is based on the text of the book she destroyed. one art piece has Kafka’s cockroach story which I figured out (kind of) because I saw a transformation from human to something else but I didn’t get the cockroach until she mentioned Kafka.

There were lots of A3 collages with animals and flowers done on paper. I thought these would make good collaboration pieces for other people to work on using Ingrid’s piece as a starting point. I also thought Ingrid could work with her husband on these type of collaged art pieces using his nature photography and her new style.

I enjoyed visiting with Ingrid and practicing my German. If you like to see Ingrid’s work or want to meet her at her studio, you can connect with her at the following :

Atelier Müller

Quiddestraße 45, 81735 München

ingrid0mueller@online.de

Artothek & Bildersaal- Rosental 16 – Munich 

This morning, on my way to Frauenstrasse 18, I walked by this exhibition by Sarah Pelikan and a big green sign promoting the art space.

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What is Artothek & Bildersaal?  I went in there a few years ago to see if we could get more Munich Artists into the art rental section of this project but the person working at the desk informed me that the art is chosen every year through a competition.

The artwork I saw in stock was not my taste but it might be yours. If you are interested in renting some art from this project, you can find the rental prices here and more information about the type of artwork they collect. According to their page on Muenchen.de, they have about 1500 pieces of art in their rental collection.

The gallery exhibition space is not for rent.  The group choses the artists they will show and sometimes they will show Munich based artists but don’t pester them, they have plenty of artists to pick from.

The opening hours for the space are:

  • Wednesday from 14:00 – 18:00 clock,
  • Thursday from 14:00 – 19:30 clock
  •  Friday from 14:00 – 18:00 clock
  • Saturday from 9:00 – 13:00 clock

Unfortunately, I never walk by when the space is open. I pass by the space on my way from Marienplatz or Sendling Tor to Frauenstrasse 18 and I’m always in a hurry to get home when I’m done at the studio.

Luckily, the windows at Rosental 16 are large so I could take a few shots of Sarah Pelikan’s work exhibited inside.

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Sarah Pelikan – Munich Academy trained artist. She was not standing in the space when I was walking by, this photo is just to show you who she is…she lives outside of Bavaria and is just exhibiting in Munich.

Main window for Rosental 16

  

For this current exhibition, the room is filled with images of soccer balls.  According to Sarah Pelikan’s Wiki Page, Sarah paints with acrylics and works with Formica focusing on intense colours. You can find more information about the soccer ball exhibition entitled “You Paint What You Love,” on the Muenchen.de website.

Sarah Pelikan has a passion for football which I don’t share.  I’m passionate about art and keeping my sanity. If you share Sarah’s passion for soccer (football), go visit this exhibition before it ends on December 30th.

A passing thought was that maybe we could recruit Sarah to champion the idea of adding an art competition to the World Cup or resurrecting the Olympic art competition (like Bernhard ressurected Applaudissement). I’m not kidding there used to be an art competition associated with the olympics but you had to be an amateur* to compete. Art historians are trying to find the artwork, but because the artists were considered amateur* many of the works were lost because not everyone likes to hang on to family memorabilia or be the family historian.

*Amateur v. Professional is such a touchy subject with artists especially in Munich where the cost of living means many artists need a regular job to support themselves.