Born in 1961 in Bielefeld
Lives and works in Bielefeld and Cologne

Matthias Müller works in film, video, installation and photography. As a curator, he has organized numerous avant-garde film events, such as the "Found Footage Film Festival" (1996 and '99), the first German festival of autobiographical films, "Ich etc." (1998), and various touring programs. He is considered among the premier German experimental filmmakers. Since 1999 he has been collaborating with Christoph Girardet. Müller’s work has been shown at several international festivals and has been awarded a vast array of prizes. He has participated in group exhibitions in significant institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Migros Museum, Zurich, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the International Center of Photography, New York. He has had individual exhibitions at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and at Tate Modern, London, amongst others. His works can be found in various public and private collections. Müller has been teaching since 2003 as a professor of experimental film at the Kunsthochschule für Medien (Academy of Media Arts) in Cologne.


Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona
Nederlands Film Museum, Amsterdam
Australian Centre For The Moving Image, Melbourne
Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
Goetz Collection, Munich
The Collection of Isabelle and Jean-Conrad Lemaître, Paris
Tate Modern, London
Private Collections

Jens Hinrichsen, in: Monopol (online), 11.02.2016

Amelia Wischnewski & Ute Thon: Krisen, Keramik und Philosophie – personne. In: Art #2, 2016, S. 42-43
Johannes Binotto, Phantombilder, Glance-Lichter, in Filmbulletin, 1.2014, pp. 38-43.
Jens Hinrichsen, in: Monopol (online), 2.05.2014.
Frieze d/e (print), No.14, 05 2014.
Kunstforum International, Obsession I, Bd. 225, 2014.
Art Kunstmagazin (online), Gib mir fünf!, 9.01.2014
Volker App, Was siehst Du denn?, Deutschlandradio Kultur, 13.01.2014 (5min).
Der Tagesspiegel (print), 7.01.2014.
Monopol Magazin (print), 01, 2014.
Jens Hinrichsen, in: Filmdienst 01, 2014.
Der Spiegel, Highlight (print), 01, 2014.
Focus Online, 9.01.2014.
Anette Schneider, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Kulturtipp, 11.01.14.
3 SAT Kulturzeit, Da, Da & Da, 13.01.2014.


West Den Haag @Huis Huguetan, Den Haag, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller: Somebody, Nobody, Anyone.
GUM, Bielefeld, Chat Rooms
Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller: CUT
Campagne Première, Berlin, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller: CUT
Kunstverein Hannover,Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller: Tell Me What You See
Bê Cubico, Recife, Brazil, Beacon (with Christoph Girardet)
Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Vacancy
Distrito 4 Contemporary Art Gallery, Madrid,Contre-jour (with Christoph Girardet)
Uppsala Konstmuseum,Alpsee/Vacancy/Contre-jour
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, Phoenix Tapes (with Christoph Girardet)
Bozar - Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Kristall (with Christoph Girardet)
Sigmund-Freud-Museum, Vienna, Pheonix Tapes (with Christoph Girardet)
Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, USA, Manual (with Christoph Girardet)
Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, Germany, Kristall (with Christoph Girardet)
Sprengel Museum Hannover, Everything in its Place (with Christoph Girardet)
Miami Art Museum, Phantom
Solar Galeria de Arte Cinematica, Vila do Conde, Portugal, Revisitations (with Christoph Girardet)
Capella Hospitalis, Bielefeld, Germany, The Life of Man
Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, As If My Bones Had Turned To Water – Sleepy Haven
Stellan Holm Gallery, New York, Album
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Album: Film-Video-Fotografie
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, Mirror (with Christoph Girardet); travelled to Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Distrito 4 Contemporary Art gallery, Madrid, As Far As I Can See
Tate Modern, London, The Projected Image
Blue Coat Gallery, Liverpool, Manual (with Christoph Girardet); travelled to Milch Gallery, London
Artists Unlimited, Bielefeld, Germany, Private View
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, Phantoms
Stellan Holm Gallery, New York, Vacancy
Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Matthias Müller – Film und Fotografie
Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany, Nebel
Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Home Stories


Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano, Buenos Aires.BIENALSUR
West Den Haag, Den Haag, You Are Here.

West Den Haag, Den Haag, Without Firm Ground – Vilém Flusser and the Arts
West Den Haag, Den Haag , Face to Face, (with Christoph Girardet a.o.)

Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Without Firm Ground – Vilém Flusser and the Arts
ZKM, Karlsruhe, Without Firm Ground – Vilém Flusser and the Arts
Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, Re(set), (with Christoph Girardet a.o.)
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Situations: Formate, (with Christoph Girardet)
Centre d’art Contemporain Yverdon-les-bains, L’heure qu’il est
Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin, Dear Darkness, curated by Stephan Köhler for the Michael Fuchs Galerie (with Christoph Girardet a.o.)
Gingko Space, Beijing, Void: There’s Nothing More Left But A Little Trace From Human Beings, curated by Marc Gloede (with Christoph Girardet a.o.)
Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Depth of Perception (with Christoph Girardet)
New Media Gallery, Vancouver, Amour Fou (with Christoph Girardet)

Solar, Cinematic Art Gallery, Vila do Conde, Portugal, Aventura Antonioni (with Christoph Girardet)
National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Found Footage, curated by Karina Karaeva (with Christoph Girardet)
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein im Nordstern Videozentrum, Time Pieces
Young Projects Gallery, L.A., Fear and Desire, (with Christoph Girardet)
Goethe-InstitutRussia, Neuer Morgen / New Tomorrow (with Christoph Girardet)

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Un escalier d‘eau (with Christoph Girardet)
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Cleopatra - Die ewige Diva (with Christoph Girardet)
Esbjerg Art Museum, Denmark, Art in Context #4: Art and Existence
MARCO – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico, El mañana ya estuvo aquí – Tomorrow was already here

National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Cinema: New Device
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, El mañana ya estuvo aquí - Tomorrow was already here
EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Amsterdam, Found Footage: Cinema Exposed (with Christoph Girardet)
K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Big Picture III (Szenen/Figuren)

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn / Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Die unbekannte Sammlung aus Bielefeld
Generali Foundation, Vienna, Animismus
Goethe Institut Ankara,Thieves Like Us
Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, 15 years Thomas Erben Gallery

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Públicos y contrapúblicos (with Christoph Girardet)
MARTa Herford,Germany, Hide (with Christoph Girardet)
Lukas Feichtner Gallery, Vienna, curated by_vienna (art & film) (with Christoph Girardet)
TV Tower, Berlin, SPLACE – 12 Episoden im Fernsehturm
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Highlights der KunstFilmBiennale Köln in Berlin
Wien Museum, Vienna, Die Ernst Jandl Show

Freiraum quartier21, Vienna, Sharp Chic – Über die Anziehungskraft des Kristallinen (with Christoph Girardet)
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Veto – Zeitgenössische Positionen in der deutschen Fotografie (with Christoph Girardet)
Itaú cultural, São Paulo, Filmes e vidéos da coleção Goetz
Travancore Palace, New Delhi, Moment as Monument
Weserburg – Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, The Morning After. Videoarbeiten der Sammlung Goetz
Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland, Mind the Gap (with Christoph Girardet)
Centro de Memória, Vila do Conde, Portugal, No cinema
Palazzo Publico - Magazzini del Sale, Siena, Wandering in Contemporary Video Art

Casino Luxembourg – Forum d'art comtemporain, Luxemburg, L'oeil écran ou la nouvelle image (with Christoph Girardet)
Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Collateral – When Art Looks at Cinema
STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven, Belgium, Artefact (with Christoph Girardet)
Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück, Germany,Final Cut – Medienkunst und Kino
Center for Curatorial Studies and Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA, We Love Cinema
Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Paul Klee – Überall Theater (with Christoph Girardet)
MARTa Herford, Germany,Über die Tausend Quellen neben dem Durstenden in der Wüste
Centro Párraga, Murcia, Spain, That's not Entertainment!, El cinema respon al cinema
Solar, Galeria de Arte Cinemática, Vila do Conde, Portugal, Under Hitchcock (with Christoph Girardet)
Cinema Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona,That‘s not Entertainment! - El cinema respon al cinema
Centre Pompidou, Paris, Le Mouvement des Images - Art
Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany, 100 Tage - 100 Videos
European Art Projects, Potsdam, Germany, Ideal City - Invisible Cities

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Universal Experience: Art, Life and the Tourist‘s Eye
Foro Artístico, Eisfabrik, Hanover, Neue Deutsche Medienkunst
Galería Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid, Some Video Stories
Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany, In The Middle Of The Night
Museo Man of Nuoro, Italy, Modern Times

Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Stich and Split, Selves and Territories in Science Fiction
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, The Future Has A Silver Lining. Genealogies of Glamour, Videoprogramm
Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid, cine y casa cine

1st ICP Triennal: Strangers - International Centre of Photography, New York
Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea dell‘Università La Sapienza, Rome, 2 x Deutsch: Alexander Kluge & Matthias Müller
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Drinnen ist‘s anders (with Christoph Girardet)
Tent, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, -stat.ic (with Christoph Girardet)
Sammlung Goetz, ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Fast Forward (cat.)

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Videodrome II (with Christoph Girardet)
York City Art Gallery, UK, Blow Up Your TV (with Christoph Girardet)
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Deep Space: Sensation and Immersion
Stadthaus Ulm, Germany, Hausordnungen (cat.)
Bienal de Valencia, Video-ROM, (cat.)

Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany, Die unheimliche Frau – Weiblichkeit im Surrealismus (with Christoph Girardet)
Art Gallery at California State University, Fullerton, USA, Recasting the Past: Beneath the Hollywood Tinsel (with Christoph Girardet)
Royal College of Art Galleries, London, playing amongst the ruins (cat.)
Centro per l’arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy, City Symphony (cat.)
Kunstverein München, Dokumentation und Fiktion
Euromast, Rotterdam, ll Is Fair In Love And War – The Homeport Video Library (cat.)
Centrum for Hedendaagse Kunst, Maastricht, The Stained Handkerchief

Manifesta 3 - European Biennial of Contemporary Art: Borderline Syndrome, Ljubljana
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen - ifa-Galerie, Berlin/Bonn, Brasília - Modernist Architecture
Kunstadapter, Wiesbaden, Germany, Sehnsucht nach Utopie
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Monter/Sampler (cat.)

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The American Century: Art and Culture - Part II: 1950-2000
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Notorious - Alfred Hitchcock and Contemporary Art (with Christoph Girardet); travelled to
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Art Hall Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark
Opera City Art Museum, Tokyo
Contemporary Art Museum, Hiroshima
La Caixa de Lleida.

documenta X, Kassel
Bersschouwburg, Brussels, Prends garde! A jouer au fantôme, on le devient
Soros Centre for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Media in Media, (cat.)

Musée National d‘Art Moderne/Centre Pompidou, Paris, Le je filmé?

Musée National d‘Art Moderne/Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Point de vue - images d‘Europe
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Beauties

Instituto Valenciano d‘arte moderno, Valencia, Desmontaje: Film, vìdeo/Apropiación, reciclaje

Videonale Scope, Cologne
Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Winterthur
Cinematek, Brussels
Avant Festival, Karlstad
New Horizons Festival, Wroclaw
Cork Film Festival
Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Festival International de Cine de Gijón
Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad
Insa Art Space, Seoul
Bozar, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
Goethe Institut Montréal
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Filmfest Braunschweig
WRO Center for Media Art, Wroclaw
Kino Arsenal, Berlin
Cinéma Scratch, Paris
Boston University
Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto
Cinemateca Portuguesa, Lisbon
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris
Pacific Film Archive, San Francisco
Tate Modern, London
Experimenta, Mumbai/Kolkata/New Delhi
Image Forum Tokyo
Filmfest München
Goethe Institut New York
Lux Cinema, London
Werkstattkino, Munich
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
Black Box – Kino im Filmmuseum,Düsseldorf
Goethe Institut Paris
Images Festival, Toronto
San Francisco Art Institute
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
LACE, Filmforum, Los Angeles
La cinémathèque québécoise, Montréal
Arsenal, Berlin
The Lux Centre, London
Lumière, Maastricht
De Keizer, Deventer
Filmhuis Arnhem, Arnheim
Cinemarienburg, Nijmegen
De Balie, Amsterdam
Haags Filmhuis, Den Haag
Goethe Institut Porto Alegre
Landesgalerie Oberösterreich, Linz
Kommunales Kino Kiel
Goethe Institut Curitiba
Usina do Gasômetro, Porto Alegre
Teatro Nacional, Brasília
Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens, São Paulo
Festival du film court, Pantin
La Vielle Charité, Marseille
Goethe Institut Boston
Millenium Film Workshop, New York
Filmhaus Stuttgart
Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen
Black Box – Kino im Filmmuseum, Düsseldorf
Kommunales Kino Freiburg
Filmkunsthaus Babylon, Berlin
Stadtkino Wien
Kunsthalle Bielefeld
Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Rocky Mountains Film Center, Boulder
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Desmet, Amsterdam
Het Paard, Den Haag
t'Hoogt, Utrecht
Rotterdamse Kunst Stichting
Filmhuis Arnheim
Nederlands Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
Stuc, Leuven
BP expo, London
Xenix, Zürich
Das Kino, Karlsruhe
Pleasure Dome, Toronto
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
San Francisco Cinematheque
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
Chelsea College of Art, London
Collective for Living Cinema, New York
Goethe House, New York
Westdeutsche Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
School of the Art Institute, Chicago
Festival du jeune cinéma, Montréal
Goethe-Institut London
London Film-Makers' Co-op

Arte-Kurzfilmpreis, Internationales Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg:
(with Christoph Girardet): Cut
Best European Short Film / Nomination for the European Film Awards 2013, Curtas Vila do Conde, Portugal (with Christoph Girardet): Cut
Arte-Kurzfilmpreis, Internationales Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg (with Christoph Girardet): Meteor
Best Short Film / Premio Principado de Asturias al Mejor Cortometraje, Festival International de Cine de Gijón, Spain (with Christoph Girardet): Meteor
Critics Award, 25fps Festival Zagreb (with Christoph Girardet): Contre-jour
Special Mention, 59th Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin Shorts (with Christoph Girardet): Contre-jour

Prix Canal + du meilleur court métrage, Semaine de la Critique / Festival de Cannes(with Christoph Girardet): Kristall Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis / Federal Film Award (with Christoph Girardet): Kristall
Award for Best Lighting Design, Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA (with Christoph Girardet): Mirror

Marler Video-Kunst-Preis, Germany (with Christoph Girardet), Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, Germany

Ken Burns Best of the Festival Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival
Preis des Deutschen Wettbewerbs, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany (with Christoph Girardet): Manual
Prémio RTP – Onda Curta, Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens, Vila do Conde, Portugal (with Christoph Girardet): Manual

Preis des Deutschen Wettbewerbs, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany (with Christoph Girardet): Scratch

Preis der deutschen Filmkritik für den besten experimentellen Film (with Christoph Girardet): Phoenix TapesThe Award for the Best International Film and Video,Images Festival Toronto (with Christoph Girardet): Phoenix Tapes
Jahrespreis des Verbandes der deutschen Kritiker Kunstfonds e.V. Arbeitsstipendium

Main Award, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany
Nomination for the European Film Award
1st Prize, Viper Festival, Lucerne

First Prize, Semana de cine experimental, Madrid, Spain
Preis der deutschen Filmkritik

Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival

Great Prize, Festival Internacional Curtas Metragens, Vila do Conde, Portugal

Förderpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen für junge Künstler, Germany

Niedersächsisches Nachwuchsstipendium des Ministeriums für Wissenschaft und Kultur, Germany
Preis der deutschen Filmkritik
1988 American Federation of Arts Experimental Film Award