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painter, draftsman | Sweden

Christoph Mügge

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Christoph Mügge - painter, draftsman
"I realized early on that I had to become an artist to find happiness."

German-Swedish artist Christoph Mügge, born in Bonn in 1983, now lives in Malmö in Sweden, where he works as an artist. He studied Fine Art at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, where he received his doctorate in 2013 under Prof. Richard Deacon. Christoph Mügge's paintings, sculptures and installations have been displayed and discussed in international galleries and art museums as early as 2007, while he was still completing his studies.

The canvas as a battlefield

Christoph Mügge realized that his calling is to be an artist at a young age, so he chose to pursue this path. During his studies, he began by painting abstract, large-format paintings, in which he lets his explosive creative energy flow freely with powerful brushstrokes, piles of paint or footprints. In these works, he incorporates details such as towers, bridges, machines or scaffolding and makes the canvas appear like a desolate landscape, abandoned by any life, which triggers both fascination and oppression among its viewers. 

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The spectrum garbage

Later on, Christoph Mügge switches to sculpturing and installation in order to realize his feelings and ideas in three dimensions. In his roomy, noisy, partly mechanical installations, he likes to use ambiguous motifs, such as trash or trash cans, thus raising more questions than he is able to answer. Forms lose and change themselves, new compositions come together.

A full-on internationally recognized artist

Christoph Mügge has exhibited his works in numerous international solo and group exhibitions, including the Art Museum Gelsenkirchen, the Art Residence Rhenania in Cologne, the Art Association Bochumer Kulturrat, the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf and the 6th Höhler Biennale in Gera. He has received numerous residencies such as the Aabenraa Artweek in Denmark, the Franco-German artist exchange "PASSAGE" at isdaT beaux-arts in France, Antonie-Leins-Künstlerhaus in Germany, ARE Enschede in the Netherlands, Serlachius Residency in Finland, UK Art and Design Bildschule in the USA, Heinrich Böll Cottage in Iceland, AiR Jakobstad Finland, arTwins in open spaces in Cyprus and Est-Nord-Est in Canada. His work was discussed by the German art magazine "Kunnst" and his work was featured on the front page of the magazine "Atelier". 

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Group exhibitions

  • 2017
    ”WEINOSTEN! die Mondseite der Sonne” / HilbertRaum – Berlin, Germany
  • 2014
    ”8. Künstlerhoffest" / Alte Spitalscheune e.V. – Rottenburg a. N., Germany
  • 2014
    RAUM + OBJEKT XI - ”Raumstrategien” / Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen – Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • 2013
    ”5 – Alles auf einen Blick.” / Fördergesellschaft zeitgenössischer Kunst mbH – Essen, Germany
  • 2013
    ”Die Dosis macht das Gift: Genuss und Sucht - Heilung und Verfall” / Wilhelm-Fabry-Museum – Hilden, Germany
  • 2013
    ”Marie-Johanna Cornut, Christoph Mügge, Soo Hong” / isdaT beaux-arts – Toulouse, France
  • 2013
    ”Aabenraa Artweek 2013” / Sydhavn – Apenrade, Denmark
  • 2013
    ”6. Höhler Biennale” / Geraer Höhler – Gera, Germany
  • 2013
    ”Grauomenta – Positionen Zeitgenössischer Kunst aus der Sammlung Grau” / Künstlerhaus Dortmund – Dortmund, Germany
  • 2012
    ”BEAST 2012” / auf AEG – Nürnberg, Germany
  • 2012
    ”2. Kunstfestival Strom” / Kunsthaus Rhenania – Köln, Germany
  • 2012
    ”Restkunst” / Neues Kunstforum – Köln, Germany
  • 2012
    ”Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW” / Museum Kunstpalast – Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2011
    ”Klasse Deacon” / Philara – Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2009
    ”Gehen eben fort” / Fördergesellschaft zeitgenössischer Kunst mbH – Essen, Germany
  • 2007
    ”Street / Art” / kunsthistorisches Institut – Bonn, Germany

Solo exhibitions

  • 2017
    ”Det stora soprumsnöjet” (mit Sebastian Mügge) / Kristianstads konsthall – Kristianstad, Sweden
  • 2017
    ”Genomgångsledsblockeringsöppning” / Galleri GRO – Piatarsaari, Finland
  • 2017
    "arTwins in Open Spaces" / PAFOS2017 European Capital of Culture – Paphos, Cyprus
  • 2016
    ”See it again here!” / Bolivar Art Gallery – Lexington, KY, United States
  • 2015
    ”Behältnisse und Einfüllöffnungen” / Kunstverein Böblingen e.V. – Böblingen, Germany
  • 2015
    “HOW TO CLEAR YOUR TEXT MESSAGE HISTORY” / Aleksanterin linna – Mänttä, Finland
  • 2015
    "Christoph Mügge, Nikita Schmitz" / galerie gerken – Berlin, Germany
  • 2015
    ”Vaasa by Light” / Onkilahdenkatu – Vaasa, Finland
  • 2014
    ”Schatzoeken in vuilnisbakken” / Concordia – Enschede, Netherlands
  • 2014
    ”malaria-zeitnot-hauerei-insalivation” / Kunstverein Bochumer Kulturrat e.V. – Bochum, Germany
  • 2012
    ”Wo gehobelt wird, fallen Späne” / Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral – Bad Ems, Germany
  • 2010
    "Christoph Mügge, Sebastian Mügge" / galerie gerken – Berlin, Germany
  • 2010
    ”Riot Zone” / Galerie Diers – Wuppertal, Germany
  • 2009
    Christoph Mügge / galerie gerken – Berlin, Germany

Residencies

  • 2017
    Est-Nord-Est, Pépinières Européennes pour jeunes artistes - Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Canada
  • 2017
    arTwins in Open Spaces, PAFOS2017 European Capital of Culture - Paphos, Cyprus
  • 2016
    AiR Jakobstad - Pietarsaari, Finland
  • 2016
    Heinrich Böll Cottage - Dugort, Achill Island, Ireland
  • 2016
    UK School of Art and Visual Studies - Lexington, KY, United States
  • 2015
    Platform - Vaasa, Finland
  • 2015
    Schlossbergstipendium - Böblingen, Germany
  • 2015
    Serlachius Residency - Mänttä, Finland
  • 2014
    ARE - Enschede, Netherlands
  • 2013
    Antonie-Leins-Künstlerhaus - Horb am Neckar, Germany
  • 2013
    Deutsch-französischer Künstleraustausch "PASSAGE”, isdaT beaux-arts - Toulouse, France
  • 2013
    Aabenraa Artweek - Apenrade, Denmark
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