Vater I, 2016-2019, from the series: Mischpoche | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019 | courtesy of the artist and König Galerie

About the exhibition

Andreas Mühe (b. 1979 in Chemnitz) became internationally known through his examination of the German past and identity. His photographs, produced entirely with analogue technology, are often marked by ambivalence; an almost gloomy overtone, which points to the no longer visible but still perceptible consequences of German historiography. The carefully composed images suggest a certain kinship to theatre and staging. The proximity to acting, theatre and film can be inferred in part from his personal biography: His father was the well-known actor Ulrich Mühe; his mother is the renowned theatre director Annegret Hahn. These two personalities, along with other relatives, represent the protagonists in his new series of works conceived for an exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. In two large-scale photographic family portraits Mühe brings together living and no longer living members of his family. Working from photographs, he used a complex and laborious production process to have deceased family members replicated as strikingly lifelike sculptures.

Isolde IX, 2016-2019, from the series: Mischpoche | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019 | courtesy of the artist and König Galerie

This reveals a very personal analysis of the interrelationships within the Mühe family, the members of which – because of their work – also lead partially public lives. Behind the psychological, socially-charged aspects of the family portrait, an art-theoretical investigation is also taking place. Indeed, Mühe’s artistic process, which proceeds from photographic raw material, through three-dimensional reproduction as sculpture, and leads finally to a choreographed grouping with a photographic family portrait as its end result, makes the ambivalent nature of photography – which lies somewhere between truth and construct – blatantly clear. Personal histories, social and societal circumstances, and artistic tradition come together to create the portrait of a family in which both contemporary history and art history are deeply inscribed.

Plan your Visit


12. April – 11. August 2019


Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Invalidenstraße 50-51
10557 Berlin


regular: 8 Euro
reduced: 4 Euro
house ticket incl. temporary exhibitions:
regular: 14 Euro
reduced: 7 Euro
Free admission on every first Thursday of the month from 4 to 8 pm.
Free admission for children and young people up to the age of 18.

Tickets online buchen


U-Bahn U55 Hauptbahnhof, U6 Naturkundemuseum
S-Bahn S3, S5, S7, S75 Hauptbahnhof
Tram M5, M8, M10 Hauptbahnhof
Bus 120, 123, 142, 147, 245, M41, M85, TXL Hauptbahnhof


Café/book store/free cloak room


10 am – 6 pm
10 am – 6 pm
10 am – 8 pm
10 am – 6 pm
11 am – 6 pm
11 am – 6 pm


Ascension Day (Thursday, 30.05.2019): 11 am – 6 pm
Pentecost (Saturday, 08.06. to Monday, 10.06.2019): 11 am – 6 pm


On the occasion of the exhibition, a large-format illustrated publication with contributions by Udo Kittelmann, Annegret Hahn and Kristina Schrei will be published by the Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne. The publication is bilingual (German and English) and signed by the artist.

Andreas Mühe. Mischpoche
folded brochure
format 50 x 70 cm
56 pages with 47 coloured images

Edited by Udo Kittelmann and Kristina Schrei.

Price at the museum: 35 Euro

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin presides over a comprehensive collection of contemporary art, which it presents in a variety of exhibitions. It is the largest among the buildings housing the Nationalgalerie’s extensive holdings, the remainder of which are divided into the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Museum Berggruen, and the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg.

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The exhibition is made possible by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie and supported by Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft.