Reinhard Mucha studied at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf between 1975 and 1982, along with many other German artists of his generation. When he first exhibited his work in the late seventies, one could already sense his principal interests and concerns: the debate about the autonomy of the artwork, the degree to which the exhibition context influences the work’s meaning, and what the passage of time means, both for the art and people. During this early period, his work displayed a particularly strong connection between art and life and clearly showed the influence of Joseph Beuys. Mucha put together several exhibitions using nothing but the objects he found inside the exhibition space or photographs in which he himself appeared, meaning he had to continue completing the pieces over the years. As much as Mucha owes to Minimalist tendencies—with their emphasis on an impersonal, visual language—he is equally meticulous about excellent craftsmanship, displaying extraordinary care in his treatment of materials, their properties and finish. Although he is usually referred to as a sculptor, he frequently incorporates photography into his work, which often provides important clues to interpreting his pieces correctly. He lives in Düsseldorf.