Ulrike Müller (born 1971, Austria; lives in New York) engages relationships between abstraction and bodies, and a concept of painting that is not restricted to brush and canvas. Employing a wide range of materials and techniques including performance, publishing, and textiles, her work moves between different contexts and publics, invites collaboration, and expands to other realms of production in processes of exploration and exchange.
Müller studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, and participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York.
Müller’s work is currently on view in the exhibition Yesterday, Today, Today, at Kunstraum Buchberg, Austria, and will be featured in the 57th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA. Most recently, she has participated in major group exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2017); Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (New Museum, New York, 2017); Invisible Adversaries (Hessel Museum of Art, New York, 2016); and Painting 2.0 (Museum Brandhorst Munich 2015 and mumok, Vienna 2016). Her solo exhibition at the Kunstverein Düsseldorf, titled Container, will open in November 2018. Müller has also had solo exhibitions at Callicoon Fine Arts in New York (2014, 2016); mumok - Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation (2015), and Kunstraum Lakeside (2014), both in Austria. At mumok, Müller co-curated the collection exhibition Always, Always, Others with Manuela Ammer. The book, Always, Always, Others was published on the occasion of Müller's exhibitions at mumok by the museum and Dancing Foxes Press (2017). In 2010, Müller represented Austria in the Cairo Biennial. She was a co-editor of the queer feminist journal, LTTR (2001–06), and organized Herstory Inventory. 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists, a collaborative project that was exhibited together with objects from the respective collections at the Brooklyn Museum and at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2012.