Mueller Stahl_From the series Human Circus II



Armin Mueller-Stahl was born in Tilsit (East Prussia) in 1930. He lives and works in Germany and the United States. His paintings, drawings and lithographs emerge from a dreamy inner space that seeks the truth and a creative desire to throw off the shackles of life. In most works, he opts to represent as authentically as possible, a figure imparting a mood or state of existence. In 1980 Mueller-Stahl immigrated to West Germany, where he established himself as a top-flight actor, soon making his way to Hollywood to play with international screen stars such as George Clooney, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich and Tom Hanks. He won an Oscar for his role in the 1974 film Jakob der Luegner and was nominated in 1984 for parts in Bittere Emte and Oberst Redi and in 1997 for Shine. He studied music at the Stern’sche Konservatoriumin Berlin. He has been the recipient of dozens of honors throughout his career for acting, writing and painting in both Europe and the United States where he has exhibited widely in solo shows and group exhibitions in galleries and museums as well. In 1997 he published his memoirs titled Unterwegs nach Hause (On the Way Home). Mueller-Stahl is a true Renaissance man, exceedingly proficient in painting, acting, writing as well as any new vehicle of expression he decides to explore.


“Painting, writing, making music and acting simply belong together, as I see it,” Mueller-Stahl says. “Creative desire is an attempt to throw off the shackles of life” he adds. Painting and drawing seem to be particularly helpful to him in this respect because they represent “the more honest proceedings” he feels. “Painting seeks the truth. Here what matters, unlike in writing where good punch-lines count, is representing as authentically as possible in its entirety a figure telling someone something,” the artist explains.

- Armin Mueller-Stahl


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Selected Exhibitions



First exhibition of paintings and drawings in the Film Museum in Potsdam


Buddenbrookhaus und Kulturforum Museum Burgkloster, Luebeck, Kunsthaus Luebeck


Buechergilde Gutenberg, Bremen


One-man show: Paintings and Drawings, Galerie Rolf Kallenbach, Munich


Kunsthistorisches Museum, Stralsund


Galerie Boerges, Bremerhaven


Stadt und Industriezentrum and Galerie am Dom, Wetzlar Wallenhorst Town Hall


Festival Mitte Europa, Staedtische Galerie e.o. plauen, Plauen


Kunstraum Akademie, Stuttgart


Wenzel Hablik Museum, Itzehoe


Landesmuseum fuer Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig


Kulturbund Altenburger Land, Altenburg


Galerie brahams, Hamburg


Heidelberger Kunstverein


Manus Presse Stuttgart


Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdell Art Park, Los Angeles


Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbuettel


Ostholstein Museum, Eutin


Museum der bildenden Kuenste, Leipzig


Kunstverein “Talstrasse” e.V., Halle


Museen der Stadt Meiningen


Graphic Cycles, Kunsthaus Luebeck


Museum Schloss Guestrow


Kunsthalle Mannheim


Galerie umeni Karlovy Vary, Karlsbad (Czech Republic)


Kunststation Kleinsassen, Hofbieber-Kleinsassen (Rhoen)


Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf (Internationaler Museumtag Kunstverein Wasgau, Dahn)


Art Karlsruhe, Kunsthaus Luebeck


Museum Schloss Burgk


Weidener Kulturtage


Kunstverein Geldern


Landesmuseum fuer Kunst-und Kulturgeschichte Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig


Staedtisches Museum, Goettingen


NRW-Forum Duesseldorf


Horst Janssen Museum, Oldenburg


Sparkassenstiftung Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel


Baden-Wuertembergische Bank Stuttgart


Art Karlsruhe, Kunsthaus Luebeck


Ostholstein-Museum, Eutin


Staedtische Galerie “Leerer Beutel”, Regensburg


Frank Loebsches Haus, Landau in der Pfalz


Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul


Historical Museum of the City of Sovetsk (Tilsit)


Kunsthalle Ammersee, Seefeld


Spinart, one-man show of paintings (Kunsthaus Luebeck in the Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig)


Stadt Neumarkt i.d. OPf. und Galerie Herrman


Ostholstein-Museum, Eutin


Exhibition in the Schleswig-Holstein State Parliament Building


Galerie Hohmann, Walsrode


Christian Hohmann Fine Art Gallery, Palm Desert


Christian Hohmann Fine Art Gallery, Palm Desert