Florentine Muhry

Whose canon? Autodidactic and decolonial critique as aesthetic practice using the example of Rasheed Araeen (AT)

Florentine Muhry's research project is dedicated to the aesthetic practice of the artist, curator, activist, and author Rasheed Araeen between the years 1968-89. By juxtaposing works, performances, texts, and his work as a curator, the project aims to elaborate a typology of "counter-hegemonic practices" of critique that developed in the context of socio-political and social discourses of the time.

The focus of the project is to interrogate the relationship between Araeen's self-taught practice and Western conceptual art, which heralded the "de-materialized" understanding of the object as well as a hybridized model of the artist*s subject and the art world. The aim of this project is to inquire a post- and decolonial potential of conceptual art that becomes visible through Araeen's critical engagement with the universality of modernity.



Florentine R. Muhry studied history and art history at the University of Graz, University of Vienna and Sorbonne-Paris. From 2020 to 2022, she was assistant curator at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf. As a curatorial assistant she worked at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg in the department of photography and new media in 2019 and at the Halle für Kunst Lüneburg in 2017. Since 2018 she runs the art space www.muhry.com and works as a freelance curator. Since April 2022 she has been a researcher at the DFG Research Training Group 2477 "Aesthetic Practice" at the Institute of Fine Arts and Art Studies at the University of Hildesheim.


Short CV


2014–2017: MA in Art History, University of Vienna

2010–2013: BA in History, University of Vienna

2012-2013:  BA in History Erasmus, University of Sorbonne IV, Paris

2009–2010: BA in History, University of Graz


Personal Experience (Selection)

Since 4/2022: Researcher at the DFG Research Training Group 2477 "Aesthetic Practice", Institute of Fine Arts and Art Science, University of Hildesheim

2/2020–1/2022: K20K21 Kunstsammlung North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf: Assistant curator

03-2012/2019: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Dept. of Photography and New Media: curatorial assistant

9/2017–11/2018: Halle für Kunst Lüneburg: curatorial assistant

1/2015–7/2016: Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna: gallery assistant, Fair assistant

1/2013: Les Archives Nationales - Pierrefitte sur Seine, Paris, Internship


Freelance Projects

8/2022: In planning, Kunstverein Bielefeld and Kunstverein Dortmund, with Paolo Baggi, within the framework of the NRW+ Residence Program

4/2022: Organization of an artist talk between Jutta Koether and Sabeth Buchmann, as part of the co-conceived talk series "K21 Encounters", at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf

2/2022: Goethe research trip for curators to Bangkok

Since 3/2018: "muhry", exhibition space, Hamburg

8/2019: "Anniversary exhibition. 30 years Künstlerhaus Wendenstrasse", Hamburg

3/2019, 4/2019: "Sketch I & II", music performance series, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg

3/2017: How far to open up?", with Cathrin Mayer, Forum Stadtpark, Graz

11/2016: "At the Cliffs of River Rhine", with Cathrin Mayer, Oslo10, Basel


Prizes and Scolarships

3–8/2022: Award for NRW+ Residence Program for Curators*, Münster

2016: FemQueer-scholarship of the ÖH-University Vienna for the master thesis

2016: European Forum Alpbach - full scholarship, IG Vienna

8/2012–2/2013: Erasmus-scholarship, Sorbonne IV, Paris


Honorary Activities In The Field Of Art

8/2017: Standing Committee, IG Vienna, European Forum Alpbach, Tyrol

2017–2018: Burschenschaft Hysteria, librarian



2022: Accompanying texts for the exhibition "Shifting Dialogues. Photography from The Walther Collection." Düsseldorf, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

2021: Press text Elisa Barrera. Düsseldorf, Lucas Hirsch Gallery.

2021: Press text Claus Richter. Cologne, Clages Galerie.

2021: Text Maximiliane Baumgartner. Düsseldorf, Jahresgaben, KV Rheinlande-Pfalz.

2021: "Annotated Biography on Georges Braque." In: exhibition cat. Düsseldorf, Georges Braque. Inventor of Cubism. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2021, Munich 2021, pp. 215-231. 

2021: "Vom Bellen und Kriechen als Praktiken der Enthüllung. Joseph Beuys und Pope.L“. In: exhib.cat. Düsseldorf, Every Man is an Artist. Cosmopolitan Exercises with Joseph Beuys. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen 2021, Berlin 2021, pp. 88-102.

2020: Huber, Cécile / Muhry, Florentine: "Die eigene Stimme finden." In: Ausst.-Kat. Düsseldorf, Coming to Voice. Graduates of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf 2020. art collection of North Rhine-Westphalia, 2021, pp. 7-13.

2020: "Babenhausen." In: exhib.cat. Düsseldorf, Kunstsammlung Nord-rhein-Westfalen, 2020; Paris, Centre Pompidou 2021. Hito Steyerl. I Will Survive. Leipzig 2020, pp. 9-17.

2020: "The Empty Center." In: ibid, pp. 18-27.

2020: "Normality 1-X." In: ibid, pp. 28-40.

2019: Catalog co-edited by: Esther Ruelfs, Tulga Beyerle (eds.): exhib.cat. Hamburg 2019, Amateur Photography. From Bauhaus to Instagram. Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. Heidelberg.      

2019: Muhry, Florentine: "Gesellschaft verändern." In: Esther Ruelfs, Tulga Beyerle (eds.): exhib.cat. Hamburg 2019, Amateur Photography. From Bauhaus to Instagram. Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. Heidelberg, pp. 130-133.

2019: "Hope is a Dangerous Thing. Elisa Barrera." In Almanac. London / Turin.

2017: "Im Überfluss die Orientierung finden. Review of Laura Hinrichsmeyer." In: allovermagazine.com, 2 Nov. 2021.

2017: (Ed.): How far to open up?. Exhibition publication with contributions by the artists*. Graz, Forum Stadtpark.