If an idea doesn’t sound absurd at the beginning, then there is no hope for it.

Albert Einstein


Despite Hans-Jürgen and Helga Müller’s many successful exhibition projects, the booming art market, and above all the increasing commercialisation of art, awakened their need for a sustainable, ethically oriented future perspective, one in which art and aesthetics regain their true meaning.

For them, the central question is how the real decision-makers of our society (politicians, experts from advisory bodies and board members of companies) might be reached and made to recognize the central importance of artistic creativity for any kind of shaping of the future. Through this, decision-makers might themselves participate in social change and ultimately profit from it themselves.

For this purpose, the Müllers envisioned a place based on the unity of nature, culture, art, philosophy and political reflection. Here, people inspired by the experience of this space, created in an artistic spirit, might work together to come up with new ideas for sustainable developments for the future, to participate in decision-making and then to return to their individual work environments.

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Hans-Jürgen Müller was one of the most successful and progressive gallery owners of the early Federal Republic of Germany. The trained typesetter (*1936 in Ilmenau, † 2009 in Stuttgart) founded his first gallery in Stuttgart in 1958 at the age of 22, where he gained a foothold after fleeing from East to West Germany.

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Hans-Jürgen Müller: Art does not arise out of ability: On the difficulties of dealing with art – a foray through the sixties, Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, 1976

Hans-Jürgen Müller / Helga Müller: Atlantis/Mariposa – An Interim Balance, foreword by Richard v. Weizsäcker, Weitbrecht Verlag, Stuttgart/Weimar 1991.

Mensch Müller, lass’ die Welt doch untergehen, television film by Rudij Bergmann, SWR, 1992.

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