Vanessa Joan Müller, born in 1968 in Hamburg, is freelance curator.
Müller graduated from the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum with a degree in art history and film studies. From 2000 to 2005 she worked as a curator at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main, and in late 2005 became academic director of the project “European Kunsthalle” in Cologne, which explores different models for a potential art institution. In September 2006 she was also appointed director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf.
Vanessa Joan Müller has curated exhibitions such as “non-places” (Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2002), “New Heimat” (Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2001) and “Adorno. The possibility of the impossible” (co-curated with Nicolaus Schafhausen, Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2004) and devised a programme of lectures and events entitled “Under Construction” for the European Kunsthalle, also with Nicolaus Schafhausen. Numerous publications on contemporary art and art theory confirm her position as a curator with a strong interest in contemporary art and its social and philosophical contexts.