MÜLLER, Christian Philipp
Portrait of the Museum as a Chair
In 2001, the curator at the National Art Museum in Osaka, invited Christian Philipp Müller to develop a project for his exhibition, “The Museum as Subjects.“ The site of the museum and the odd distribution of various designer chairs throughout the exhibition apparatus inspired Müller to use the museum as the central theme of his project, based on its chairs. He made a portrait of the museum, in which he created a typology of the 54 kinds of chairs in the National Museum of Art.
In 2006, Müller published a book in the “Bawag Foundation Edition: Portrait of the Museum as a Chair.” Not only does the book describe the past exhibition, but it also provides a complete catalogue of the chair types. With photographs in the style of modern design catalogues, the book reproduces the color patterning of the exhibition design, and provides a more precise classification in which the designer, model, and exact location of the chair within the museum are indicated.[artist's website]