Pola V

From Friday 3 September until Saturday 9 October 2021

Jochen Mühlenbrink
Pola V
3 September – 9 October

Opening Gallery Season
Preview invitation only: 3 September 16:00 till 18:00 hrs
3 September 18.00 till 21.00 hrs
4 September 11.00 till 18.00 hrs
5 September 11.00 till 18.00 hrs

 

Gerhard Hofland is proud to present Pola V, an exhibition with new paintings by German artist Jochen Mühlenbrink (1980, DE). This is Mühlenbrink’s fifth solo-exhibition with the gallery.

Perhaps best known for his exquisite trompe l’oeil techniques, 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. 

These fogged windows are balancing between a celebration of painterly illusion and dystopian iconoclasm. The fog panes – their pristine surfaces disturbed by a seeming finger – at once becomes an image-in-image and also shows what can be seen through them. While the paintings are nothing but oil on canvas, Mühlenbrink appears to construct reality from paint, both as an illusion and as the object itself. The tension his paintings produce, especially in relation to the connection between perception and expectation (that what we see, what we think we see and what we see because we expect to see it), is an experience that is upsetting our idea of reality: we see an illusion, but we are simultaneously convinced by the power and autonomy of pure paint.

Jochen Mühlenbrink (*1980, Freiburg) began his studies in 2001 at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and graduated in 2007 as a master student of Markus Lüpertz. Since then, his work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad, including: Kunstmuseum Solingen, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, KIT, Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Morat-Institut, Freiburg, Osthaus Museum Hagen, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen and Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam. His works are in various private and public collections, amongst others: G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, Stadtmuseum Oldenburg, Deutsche Bundesbank, NATIONAL-BANK, SCHUNCK Museum, Heerlen or De Groen Fine Art Collection, Arnhem.
His seventh monograph, JM, is being published by Kettler Verlag in 2020. Mühlenbrink lives and works in Düsseldorf and Oldenburg.
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CV Jochen Mühlenbrink

Born 1980 in Freiburg, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf and Oldenburg, Germany

Selected Exhibitions

2021
Im Frage, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen (NL) group
About the shadow, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin (GER)

2020
DAWN, ASPN, Leipzig (DE)
David Czupryn and Jochen Mühlenbrink, Kunstmuseum Solingen (DE)

2019
YES WE’RE OPEN, group show Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam (NL)
FOG, Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam (NL)
Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL), rep. by Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam (NL)

2018
FALZ III, ASPN, Leipzig (DE)
FALZ. Painting, De Groen Fine Art Collection, Arnhem (NL)
FALZ. Malerei, Stadtmuseum Oldenburg, Oldenburg (DE)

2017
Het Mysterie van de Waarheid, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL)
Afterimage, ASPN Leipzig, Leipzig (DE)
TRUNK, Kunstverein Lüneburg e.V. im Heinrich-Heine-Haus, Lüneburg (DE)
Troy, Evelyn Drewes Gallery, Hamburg (DE)

2016
Vertuschen. Malerei., Gmünder Kunstverein, Schwäbisch Gmünd (DE)

2015
PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL), rep. by Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
Bittersüsse Zeiten – Barock und Gegenwart, Edwin Scharff Museum, Ulm (DE)
Wahrheiten – Zeitgenössische Kunst im Dialog mit alten Meistern, Museum Abtei Liesborn, Liesborn (DE)
Gute Kunst? Wollen!, AEG, Nürnberg (DE)
CLP Rapid, KunstHalle Cloppenburg, Cloppenburg (DE)
Bittersüsse Zeiten. Zeitgenösschische Werke und Niederländische Meister des 17. Jahrhunderts, Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche Aschaffenburg, Ascheffenburg (DE)

2014
Bittersüsse Zeiten, Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde, Apolda (DE)
Stroke Hold, ASPN Gallery, Leipzig (DE)
Bittersüsse Zeiten. Zeitgenösschische Werke und Niederländische Meister des 17. Jahrhunderts, Museumverein Stade, Stade (DE)
Asche, Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
Wahrheiten. Werke aus der SØR Rusche Sammlung Oelde/Berlin, Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkussen (DE)
#painting. about, around & within, Gallerie UPP, Venice (IT)
Boesner Art Award 2014, Märkisches Museum, Witten (DE)

2013
Fragil – Bilder einer Ausstellung, Morat-Institut, Freiburg (D) / Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Wilhelmshaven (DE)
Pola void, Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
Behind Images, Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
Schijn bedriegt, Noord-Brabants Museum, Den Bosch (NL)
Schöne Landschaft – Bedrohte Nature, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück (DE)

2012
66. Bergischer Internationaler Kunstpreis, Kunstmuseum Solingen, Solingen (DE) / NATIONAL-Bank, Wuppertal (DE)
Stillstehende Sachen, Museum Abtei, Lieshorn (DE)
Daniel-Henry-Kahnweilerpreis 2012, Museum Pachen, Rockhausen (DE)

2011
Rohstoff, Hofland & Aschenbach Galleries, Amsterdam (NL)
Verbrechen und Bild (cur. by Friedemann Hahn), Städtische Galerie Villingen Schwenningen, Villingen-Schwenningen (DE)

2010
Förderpreis für Malerie der OEVO, Stadtsmuseum Oldenburg, Oldenburg (DE)
Mal Heur, FRISCH, Halle am Wasser, Berlin (DE)
Van Bommel van Dam Prijs 2010, Museum Bommel van Dam, Venlo (NL)
A la c’arte, Kunstverein Offenburg-Mittelbaden, Offenburg-Mittelbaden (DE)

2009
Rücksicht, Kunstverein Heppenheim, Heppenheim (DE)
Stauraum, Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Ghent (BE)
The Unforgettable Fire – 25 years Torch Gallery, De Kunsthal, Rotterdam (NL)
Selection. Werke aus der Sammlung Biedermann, Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen (DE)
Inventur. Zeitgenössische Radierung in Deutschland, Graphikmuseum Pablo Picasso, Münster (DE)

2008
Perspektiven Heutiger Malerei, Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt am Main (DE)
Asphalt, Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf (DE)
Stilleben, Onetwenty / Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Ghent (BE)
Inventur. Zeitgenösschische Radierung in Deutschland, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen (DE)

2007
Neuschnee, Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf (DE)
Tollwut, Onetwenty Gallery, Ghent (BE)
J-pics vs. Mpegs, with Martin Denker, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
KunststudentInnen stellen aus, Kunst – und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn (DE)
Hotel Kerberos, KIT (Kunst im Tunnel), Projekt der Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (DE)
Triband, KunstKlub Berlin, Berlin (D), with Martin Schepers and Gereon Krebber
12 Artists from Germany, Dangerous Curve, Los Angeles (USA)

2006
Sachliche Romanze, OneTwenty Gallery, Ghent (BE)
IKE (Wer hat Angst vor Rot Blau  Gelb), Atelierstipendium Bahnhof Eller, Düsseldorf (DE)
Sommergewitter. Malerei und Zeichnung aus Düsseldorf und Berlin, Galerie Ferdinand-Ude, Gelsenkirchen (DE), with Carola Ernst, Fabian Ginsberg, Martin Schepers, Martin Weidemann

2005
Naked Cities, The Agency Contemporary, London (UK) / OneTwenty Gallery, Ghent (BE)
XIV. Deutsche Internationale Grafik-Triennale, Kunstverein Frechen, Frechen (DE)
Gleiche Augenhöhe. Malerei aus Deutschland, Galerie Frank Schläg, Essen (DE)
Ausblick – Einblick, Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie, Essen (DE)
Blicksang, Galerie Ferdinand-Ude, Gelsenkirchen (DE)

2004
Kunstförderpreis LOVELLS, Düsseldorf (DE)
Emprise Art Award, NRW-Forum für Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf (DE) / Museum Baden, Solingen (DE)

Education

2011 Study Tour through North-America: Los Angeles (USA), Vancouver (CAN) and New York City (USA)
2006 Meisterschüler with Prof. Dr. Markus Lüpertz
2001 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (DE) (MA finished in 2007)
1997 residence in San Fransisco (USA)

Collections

ING Collection
Collectie De Groen

Selected Bibliography

For a comprehensive bibliography, please consult:
https://www.jochen-muehlenbrink.com/bibliografie.html/ 

 

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