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.
Forthcoming in 2019, Müller will have a solo survey exhibition at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, curated by Mia Locks. In 2018, Müller had a major solo exhibition at the Kunstverein Düsseldorf, titled Container. Additional solo exhibitions have taken place 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).
Müller’s work is currently on view in May You Live in Interesting Times, the International Art Exhibition at the 58th Venice Biennale, curated by Ralph Rugoff. She has participated in major group exhibitions including 57th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, in 2018; the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon at the New Museum, New York, in 2017; Invisible Adversaries at the Hessel Museum of Art, New York, in 2016; and Painting 2.0 at Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2015), and mumok, Vienna (2016).
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.