Matt Mullican

Matt Mullican was born in 1951 in Santa Monica; he lives and works in Berlin and New York.

Matt Mullican has always worked by adopting different kind of media, from performance to environment installation, from sculpture to computer graphics. His work oscillates between various antagonisms, reality and fiction, subject and object, the conscious and the unconscious, to work on our perception, defined less by the objective reality of the visible than by the projection of subjective experiences.

From the mid-Seventies he acts in performance, which achieves under hypnosis to experience states of regression or personality change, allowing to treat his own psyche.

His works have been exhibited at the Vienna Biennale (2017), at the 53th Venice Biennale curated by Massimiliano Gioni (2013), at the Gwangju Biennale (2010), at the 28th San Paolo Biennale (2008) and a three Documenta editions (1997, 1993, 1982).

Matt Mullican Portrait Yo TU5a


Solo exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
I, Centered, MASSIMODECARLO, Milano
B, Representing the work, MAC’s, Hornu
D, Matt Mullican: Banners, Skulpturenhalle, Neuss-Holzheim
CO, Matt Mullican, NC-Arte, Bogotà
USA, Between sign and subject, De Young Museum, San Francisco
I, The Feeling of Things, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milano
USA, That Person and That World, The Kitchen, New York
USA, Pantagraph, Peter Freeman Inc., New York
UK, The Sequence of Things, Camden Arts Centre, London
Nothing Should Exist, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, CH; Kunsthalle Vogelmann, Heilbronn, D
B, Matt Mullican, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Bruxelles
D, Matt Mullican. Books Representing Books, Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz
The Meaning of Things, Fondazione Ratti, Como
F, Collecting for the studio - Collecting 1959-2013, Galerie Nelson Freeman, Paris
P, A Single Line, Cristina Guerra, Lisboa
I, Stone Video Rubbing Wire, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
A, 5 Worlds 12 Benches, K, KÖR, Wien
MEX, That World / Ese Mundo, Museo Tamayo, Ciudad de México
CH, Who feels the most pain in the five worlds, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich
D, Two into One becomes Three, Klosterfelde, Berlin
D, Editions 1986-2012, Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition, Berlin
B, Recents Works, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerpen
E, CIty, Project SD, Barcelona
USA, Matt Mullican - Behind that Person, Tracy Williams, New York
NL, Work in Residence #3, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
NL, Work in Residence #2, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
D, Organizing the World, Haus der Kunst, München
F, 12 by 2, Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhone-Alpes
NL, Work in residence #1, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
USA, Works from 1980s and '90s, Kunsthalle LA, Los Angeles
F, 88 MAPS, Three Star Books, Paris
CH, Matt Mullican, Cosmology, Mai 36 Galerie , Zürich
Group exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
I, Temporary Atlas, Gallerie delle Prigioni, Treviso
UK, Temporary Atlas: mapping the self in the art of today, Mostyn, Llandudno
USA, Brand New. Art and Commodity in the 1980s, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC
IT, Walk-In And Expansive Works From The Museion Collection, Fondazione Museion, Bolzano
A, ARTIFICIAL TEARS. Singularität & Menschsein - Eine Spekulation, MAK Exhibition Hall - Vienna Biennale. Roboter. Arbeit. Unsere Zukunft, Wien
I, La Grande Madre, Palazzo Reale, Milano
A, Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, Museum Brandhorst, München, D; MUMOK, Wien
N, The Noing UV It Curated by Steven Claydon e Martin Clark, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen
E, The Umbrella Corner Series, Projecte SD, Barcelona
CH, Nenn mich nicht Stadt, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, St.Gallen
I, 53° Biennale di Venezia - Il Palazzo Enciclopedico Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, La Biennale di Venezia, Giardini - Arsenale, Venezia
CH, Holes in the Walls. Early Works 1948-2013, Centre D'Art de Fribourg, Fribourg
B, Super Bodies, 3rd Hasselt Triennial, Hasselt
F, L'Institut des archives sauvages, Villa Arson, Nice
A, Curated by_Thomas Locher. On Signs and Bodies, Georg Kargl, Wien
D, Ein Wunsch bleibt immer übrig, Museum Ludwig, Köln
USA, This Will Have Been Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
USA, Print/Out, Museum of Modern Art, New York
D, The Poster Show, Galerie Carlier-Gebauer, Berlin
E, Total City, IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia
A, Die Sammlung, 21er Haus, Wien
USA, Under the Big Black Sun: California Arts 1974-81, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
F, Wander, Labyrinthine Variations, Centre George Pompidou, Metz
P, Mappamundi, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisboa
F, PLAYTIME. Works from Klosterfelde collection, LAC - Lieu d'Art Contemporain Narbonne, Sigean
A, Realität und Abstraktion. Figurative und expressive Kunst ab 1980, Museum LIAUNIG, Neuhaus
USA, FAX, Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge
D, Wild Sky, Edith Russ Haus, Oldenburg
USA, The View from a Volcano: The Kitchen's Soho Years, 1971-85, The Kitchen, New York
RO, Architectures/Dessins/Utopies: Works from the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, MNAC, Bucharest
B, When the Circus Leaves Town, Berlinaire Festival, Vooruit
E, The Persistence of Geometry, CaixaForum, Madrid


Author, Publication Title, Date
That's Contemporary, May
My Arts Guides, September
Boggio, Sara, Arte, September
R. Bigman, Alexander, Art In America, November 28
Butler, Connie, Artforum, January
Spagnesi, Licia, Arte, May
Faravelli, Angela, Segno
Affronti, Giusi, Artribune, June
Menegoi, Simone, L'Officiel Art, October
Peep Hole Sheet, Peep Hole Sheet, 'n' 27, winter
Frieze, April
Mousse, Dec/Jan
Art Review, April
Gygax, Raphael, Flash Art International, July-August-September
Gygax, Raphael, Flash Art, July, August, September
Gioni, Massimiliano, Domus, Settembre
Matt Mullican - 12 by 2, Exhibition Catalogue. Villeurbanne/Rhöne-Alpes;, IAC - Institut d'art contemporain
Griffin, Tim, Artforum, May
Tumlir, Jan, Artforum, May
Basciano, Oliver, Art Review, Summer
10000 Lives - 8th Gwangju Biennale, Exhibition Catalogue.
van Drahten, Doris, Textforum
Steinkamp, Jennifer, Artforum, December
La Residenza Sabauda, la Collezione., Exhibition Catalogue. Rivoli (TO), Castello di Rivoli Museo d’ Arte Contemporanea
Saunders, Matt, Texte zur Kunst, December
Huck, Brigitte, Artforum International, March
Whitney Biennial Exhibition 2008, Exhibition Catalogue.
Busta, Caroline, Artforum, September
Blasted Allegories-Works from the Ringier Collection, Exhibition Catalogue.
Bardi, Ludovico, ArtKey Magazine, October-November
Mullican, Matt, Vincente de Moura e Ulrich Wilmes, MATT MULLICAN: That Person’s Workbook
Wilson, Bernard, Punki, Exhibition Catalogue. Francoforte, MMK - Museum Fur Moderne Kunst

Public collections

Centre National d'Art et de la Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris
The Ludwig Museum, Köln
Castello di Rivoli, Torino
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona
Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid
Kunstmusem Luzern, Lucerne
United States of America
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando
Portland Museum of Art, Portland
San Francisco MOMA, San Francisco
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
The Brooklyn Museum, New York
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago
University of Houston Public Art Collection, Houston
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


Matt Mullican