1974 · Belgium
Sofie Muller is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Belgium, like other prominent artists such as Racso J, Yannick Valgesto, André Franquin, Jonathan Michels, and Hermien Cassiers. Sofie Muller was born in 1974.
Sofie Muller most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Michaela Stock in Vienna (09 November 2017 until 13 January 2018) with the exhibition rethink duality. Sofie Muller's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; La Musée (11 March 2020 - 24 April 2020) at Galerie Italienne in Paris and Pentimento (05 September 2019 - 31 October 2019) at Proyectos Monclova in Mexico City.
Historical Context of Belgium
Surrounded by France and the Netherlands, the modest country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and affirmed itself as a vibrant and innovative artistic hub in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were essential in the developing of Surrealism in the 1930s, mainly through the works of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Among others, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans are key figures of the Belgian art scene of the twentieth century. Greatly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a prominent artistic trend, early predecessor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the era of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the end of the nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a focal point for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders.
Further Biographical Context for Sofie Muller
Born in 1974, Sofie Muller grew up during the 1990s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied collective of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was defiant yet entrepreneurial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as represented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.