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Jochen Mühlenbrink

Jochen Mühlenbrink

Mühlenbrink's works are depictions of physical reality, fictitious images and physical objects at the same time. By executing seemingly natural optic effects in paint, he is investigating the ambiguity of reality.

MediumOil Painting
LocationGermany
Date of birth1980
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Jochen Mühlenbrink lives and works in Düsseldorf and Oldenburg, Germany. He studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 2001 to 2007 and graduated as a master student of Markus Lüpertz. Since then, his work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions, including Kunstmuseum Solingen, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Morat-Institut Freiburg, Osthaus Museum Hagen, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen and Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam. His works may be found in various private and public collections in Europe and abroad, among others in Museum X, Beijing, G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, Stadtmuseum Oldenburg, Deutsche Bundesbank, NATIONAL-BANK and Collectie DE.GROEN, Arnhem. In 2022, he debuts with solo and group exhibitions in Singapore and Shanghai, Los Angeles and NYC.

Perhaps best known for his exquisite trompe l'oeil techniques, Jochen Mühlenbrink's latest series of paintings can best be regarded as a philosophical approach to painting. By executing seemingly natural optic effects in paint, he is investigating the ambiguity of reality. Mühlenbrink's works are depictions of physical reality, fictitious images and physical objects at the same time. Fogged windowpanes, for example, are in reality nothing but oil on canvas and exist both through the illusion they produce and the material of which they consist.

Curriculum vitae

Solo shows
2022    J‘M LA WP, Another Gallery, Los Angeles, solo 
    WTP, ASPN, Leipzig, Germany, solo 
    Window Fainting, Cuturi Gallery, Singapore, Singapore 
2021    2gether. With Gioele Amaro at Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Pola V. Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
2020    Jochen Mühlenbrink. Kunstmuseum Solingen, Germany 
    Review. davidbehning galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany 
    Dawn. ASPN, Leipzig, Germany  
2019    FOG. Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, Netherlands  
2018    Falz. Malerei. Stadtmuseum Oldenburg, Germany
    Falz. Painting. De Groen Fine Art Collection, Arnhem, Netherlands  
    Falz III. ASPN, Leipzig, Germany 
2017    Afterimage. ASPN, Leipzig, Germany 
2016    Vertuschen. Gmünder Kunstverein, Swabian Gmuend, Germany
2015    CLP Rapid. KunstHalle Cloppenburg, Germany
2014    Stroke Hold. ASPN, Leipzig, Germany 
    Asche. Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
2013    FRAGIL. Morat-Institut, Freiburg, Germany
    FRAGIL. Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany 
    Pola Void. Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
2012    66. Internationaler Bergischer Kunstpreis. With Leunora Salihu, NATIONAL-    Bank, Wuppertal, Germany
2011    ROHSTOFF. Hofland & Aschenbach Galleries, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
2010    Awarded by Kulturstiftung der Öffentlichen Versicherungen Oldenburg, Germany 
    Mal Heur. FRISCH collection, Halle am Wasser, Berlin, Germany
2009    Rücksicht. Kunstverein Heppenheim, Germany 
    Stauraum. Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Gent, Belgium
2008    Perspectives of contemporary painting. German Federal Bank, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
    Stilleben. Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Gent, Belgium
    Asphalt. Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf, Germany
    Perspektiven Heutiger Malerei. Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt/Main, Germany 
2007    Tollwut. OneTwenty Gallery, Gent , Belgium
    J-pics vs. mpegs. With Martin Denker, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2006    Sachliche Romanze. OneTwentyGallery Gent, Belgium and the Agency, London, Great Britain
    IKE. Kulturbahnhof Eller, Düsseldorf, Germany

Group shows
2022    MANSCAPING, The Hole, NYC/Los Angeles, USA 
    Schmunzeln. Städtische Galerie Fruchthalle, Rastatt, Germany, curated by Sebastian Schmitt 
    DIE GROSSE, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
    Flowers, Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart, Germany
2021    Im Frage. Collectie Delissen. Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
    Aus jedem Dorf ein Hund. THALER Originalgrafik, Leipzig, Germany
2020    Untitled Reality. davidbehning galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany 
    Open until full. ASPN, Leipzig, Germany
    Im Frage. Collectie Delissen. Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
2019    Setup 04. De Groen Fine Art Collection, Arnhem, Netherlands 
    ASPN STS Wuppertal, hosted by Groelle Pass Projects, Wuppertal, Germany
    Yes we ´re open. Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2018    Palmenbingo. ASPN, Leipzig, Germany
    1001 Bild, Vol. II. Villa de Bank, Enschede, Netherlands
    Konvolution – Künstler Buch Projekte. Osthaus Museum Hagen, Germany
2017    Het Mysterie van de Waarheid. Arti et Amcitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
    TROY. Galerie Evelyn Drewes, Hamburg, Germany
    Trunk. Kunstverein Lüneburg, Germany
2016    Wahrheiten. Werke aus der Sammlung SØR/Rusche. Kunstverein Münsterland, Germany
2015    Gute Kunst? Wollen! Werke aus der Sammlung SØR/Rusche. Auf AEG, Nürnberg, Germany
2014    painting. about, around & within. Curated by Daniele Capra. Galleria UPP, Venice, Italy
    Behind images. Curated by Hans van der Ham, Garage Rotterdam, Netherlands 
2013    Schöne Landschaft – Bedrohte Natur. Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück, Germany
2012    Droste Effect. Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, Netherlands
    Jack Helgesen Collection. Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway
    66. Internationaler Bergischer Kunstpreis. Kunstmuseum Solingen, Germany
2011    Carte blanche. Kunstverein Mittelbaden and Städtische Galerie Offenburg, Germany
    Nordwestkunst 2011 – Die Nominierten. Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany
    Verbrechen und Bild. Städtische Galerie Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
2010    Van Bommel van Dam Prijs. Museum Van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, Netherlands
2009    The Unforgettable Fire – 25 jaars Torch Gallery. Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Selection. Werke aus der Sammlung Biedermann. Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen, Germany
2008    Inventur. Zeitgenössiche Radierung in Deutschland. Kunstverein Reutlingen and Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso, Münster, Germany
2007    Hotel Kerberos. KIT Düsseldorf, Germany 
    Triband. With Martin Schepers and Gereon Krebber, KunstKlub Berlin, Germany
12 Artists from Germany. Dangerous Curve, Los Angeles, USA
    XIV. Deutsche Internationale Grafik-Triennale. Kunstverein Frechen, Germany

Grants and Awards
2013    Catalog Promotional Award by Kunstraum Radius-Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany
2012    66. Bergischer Internationaler Kunstpreis, Kunstmuseum Solingen, Germany
2011    Artist in residence, Los Angeles, USA, Vancouver, Canada and NYC, USA
2010    Art Award for Painting, Kulturstiftung der Öffentlichen Versicherungen Oldenburg, Germany
2006    Working grant Bahnhof Eller, City of Düsseldorf, Germany
2004    Hogan Lovells Art Award, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

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