Florentine Muhry

PhD Project "Whose canon? Autodidactic and postcolonial critique as aesthetic practice using the example of Rasheed Araeen 1968-95" (WT)

Florentine Rungrama Muhry's research project is dedicated to the aesthetic practice of the artist, curator, activist and writer Rasheed Araeen (*1935, Karachi, lives in London) between 1968-95. Taking into account his speaking position, which results from his non-European origins and self-taught education, a typology of counter-hegemonic practices of critique that Araeen developed in the context of the socio-political and social discourses in Western Europe at the time will be worked out in the juxtaposition of works, performances, texts and his work as a curator. Located in Third World discourse and formulated from the position of a diasporic subject, they question the notion of a totality of the artwork, Western art history and its mechanisms of selective canonisation as well as epistemology. The aim of the dissertation is to cast postcolonial perspectives on art history and to link the analysis of aesthetic practices with discourses on racism, colonialism, imperialism and migration.



Florentine Rungrama Muhry studied history and art history at the University of Vienna, Sorbonne-Paris IV and University of Graz. After her studies, she worked as a curatorial assistant at the Halle für Kunst Lüneburg in 2017 and at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg in the photography and new media department in 2019. From 2020 to 2022, she was assistant curator at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf. Since April 2022, she has been a research assistant in the DFG Research Training Group 2477 "Aesthetic Practice" at the Institute for Fine Arts and Art Studies at the University of Hildesheim. Her PhD project focuses on the political works of Rasheed Araeen's works between 1968–95 and his postcolonial aesthetic practice. Since 2018 she also runs the art space www.muhry.com, writes commissioned texts and works as a freelance curator.


Short CV


2017: MA in Art History, University of Vienna

2013: BA in History, University of Vienna

2012:  Bachelor of Arts in History, Ersamus, University of Sorbonne IV, Paris

2009: Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Graz


Personal Experience (Selection)

Since 2022: Research assistant in the DFG Research Training Group 2477 "Aesthetic Practice", Institute of Fine Arts and Art Studies, University of Hildesheim

2020–2022: K20K21 Art Collection of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf: Scientific trainee

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

2017–18: Halle für Kunst Lüneburg: curatorial assistance                    

2015–16: Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna: gallery assistance, exhibition support

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


Freelance Curatorial Projects


- When it moves, strengthening is skin, performance programme, Kunstverein Bielefeld and Kunstverein Dortmund, with Paolo Baggi as part of NRW+ Residence.

- Organisation 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, Düsseldorf.


- Anniversary exhibition. 30 years Künstlerhaus Wendenstrasse", Hamburg

- "Sketch I & II", music performance series, Hall of Art Lüneburg


- ongoing: "muhry", exhibition space, Hamburg


- "How far to open up?", with Cathrin Mayer, Forum Stadtpark, Graz


- "At the Cliffs of River Rhine", with Cathrin Mayer, Oslo10, Basel


Prizes, Scolarships


- Goethe Institut, scholarship, research trip for curators, Bangkok

- NRW+ Residence Programme, Award for Curators, Münster


- FemQueer, scholarship ÖH-University Vienna, master thesis


- European Forum Alpbach, IG Vienna, scholarship


Honorary Activities In The Field Of Art

2017: European Forum Alpbach, IG Vienna, Standing Committee

2017-18: Burschenschaft Hysteria, Vienna, Librarian


Contributions and Publications

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: 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. Acess: http://www.muhry.com/img/Text_Florentine%20Muhry%20on%20Elisa%20Barrera.pdf

2017: „Im Überfluss die Orientierung finden, Laura Hinrichsmeyer: Kennen Sie diese Frau, 4.–21.5.2017, Gärtnergasse, Wien“, all-over, Nr. 13 (Herbst 2017): 55–60. (peer-review)

Ongoing: Accompanying and press texts for exhibitions, including: Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund: When it moves, strengthening its skin (2022); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf: Dialogues in Change (2022); Galerie Thomann, Vienna: Axel Jonsson (2022); Galerie Wonnerth-Dejaco, Vienna: Katharina Höglinger (2022); Kunstverein Rheinlande-Pfalz, Düsseldorf: Maximiliane Baumgartner (2021); Galerie Lucas Hirsch, Düsseldorf: Elisa Barrera (2021); Clages Galerie, Cologne: Claus Richter (2021).


Publications As Editor:

Magdalena Los, Kalte Hütte, muhry, Münster 2022.

Julija Zaharijević, Million Dinar Baby, muhry, Hamburg 2018.

How far to open up? (Hg.). Ausst.-Kat. Graz, Forum Stadtpark, 2017.