Markus Müller is the Founder and Director of BUREAU MUELLER, a communication and consultancy firm in Berlin.
He studied History, Art History and American Studies at the Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, the Royal Holloway College in London and the American University in Washington DC.
Before founding BUREAU MUELLER in 2007 Müller was the Deputy Director and Head of Communication of KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Müller has been Director of Communications for Documenta11, Kassel, Germany and was responsible for organizing the first four platforms of Documenta11 in Vienna, New Delhi, Berlin, St. Lucia and Lagos (1999 – 2002). He was also responsible for the overall communicative strategy, the development of the corporate design, and the internet presence of Documenta11. He has worked as Director of Communications for the 3rd and 4th Berlin Biennial (2004 and 2006) as well as Sculpture Projects in Münster 1997, and the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 1993 (Hans Haacke and Nam Jun Paik). From 1995 till 2002 he was Head of Communication and Curator for Contemporary Art at the Westfälische Landesmuseum in Münster.
Markus Müller has curated a small number of exhibitions, among others ECM – A Cultural Archeology (together with Okwui Enwezor), Haus der Kunst, Munich 2012/2013, Throbbing Gristle, TG@KW Annual Industrial Report, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2005. Most recently, he co-curated I got Rhythm, Jazz and the Visual Arts at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and is working on Improvise NOW!!! a series of concerts, performances, lectures, symposia and an exhibition at Haus der Kunst that run from April 2016 to August 2017. His exhibition on Free Music Production (FMP): The Living Music will take place at Haus der Kunst and Akademie der Künste, Berlin, in 2017/2018.
He has published extensively on music and contemporary art, for example interviews with (among others) Mike Kelley, Dan Graham, Renée Green, Christian Marclay, Martin Creed, Greil Marcus, Alex Katz, Jutta Koether, Douglas Gordon, Tobias Rehberger in Make it Funky, Strategies between Avantgarde and Pop in Visual Arts and Music, Cologne, 1999, and interviews (among others) with Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Glenn Branca, Tony Oursler, Jeff Wall and Dan Graham in Dan Graham – Works 1965 – 2000, Düsseldorf, 2002. From 1999 – 2012 he was a regular contributor to Texte zur Kunst, Berlin.
From 2003 to 2013 he was a lecturer at the postgraduate Institute for Art in Context at the Universität der Künste, Berlin.