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Philip Mueller: TIBE NOW – Free Drinks, Boots, and Tickets to the Apocalypse
The final Dubai exhibition of Salsali Private Museum presents new and site-specific works by Austrian painter Philip Mueller alongside a selection of paintings from the Salsali collection (founder Ramin Salsali has been acquiring Mueller’s work for 10 years). TIBE NOW: Free Drinks, Boots and Tickets to the Apocalypse traces the evolution of series including Black Flamingo Sad Boys (BFSB), Der Berg and Mütters through to the new commissions.
Celebrating an apocalyptic downfall, Mueller’s characters embrace glorious, gratuitous decadence in a hideaway where those eager for selfish evasion and social extraction can stop, stay and relax. The silver lining of free drinks, boots and indulgence is marred by a willingness to be trapped through ad absurdum and remain in limbo with front row seats to the apocalypse, where on one side there is life and the other, death. But as with all of Mueller’s interventions, something is amiss – Beach Resort Tibero is his existential, dystopian answer to the fantasy of puritan beach club holidays, and little does more to reinforce the inevitable outcome than the monumental Capitoline Wolf painted on the wall. A subverted symbol of the abject sustenance of this self-created society where Dionysian values take a deep present-day dive into sex, drugs and rock-and-roll, it’s now time for weaning.
To 30 April.
Above: Philip Mueller, Miura at tibe beach santo stefano, 2019