Hans-Walter Müller (DE)
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Hans-Walter Müller (DE) – Architect of the air
Hans-Walter Müller’s work is to be qualified as prolific. Aged of 82, this engineer and architect dedicated his life to inflatable architecture.
After graduating from the Darmstadt Polytechnic School (Germany), he enrolls to Paris Fine Arts School and works along renowned personalities such as Jean Prouvé, Ernst May or Raymond Lopez. In 1969, he made his first inflatable following the demand of Montigny-lès-Cormeilles’ cleric who wanted to jazz up the parish festivities. That is how he constructed an inflatable church which capacity was 200 persons and weighed 39 kgs.
At the beginning, the inflatable represented a changing surface of projection for Hans-Walter Müller being able to appear or disappear regarding the creator’s wishes. It quickly drifted to inhabited spaces, evolving from art to architecture. Under the pressure of air, architecture becomes movement and the extension of kinetic art. From his very first inflatable piece until now, the German artist has never stopped reinventing himself nor innovating. Among his works, we can cite: a piece for La Fête de l’Humanité festival, a soft room for a Dalí exhibition at Centre Pompidou, a mobile theater for the Barcelona Olympic Games, collaborations with choreographers Maurice Béjart or Merce Cunningham, etc. More recently, Hans-Walter Muller set up a front desk bubble for the migrant camps at Porte de la Chapelle in Paris.
Cover picture: Hans-Walter Müller © Clément Guillaume
Hans-Walter Müller is presented in partnership with EESAB-site de Rennes.
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Demain 4 – Air, innovation & inflatable architectures
Dynamorphe (FR), Hans-Walter Müller (DE), Octave Courtin (FR), La Bulle (FR), Serge Architecture (FR), Gabriela Deleu (FR), Aérosculpture (FR), Phil Ayres (DK), Victor Guerithault (FR) & Miquel Peiro (ES/FR)
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