Born in 1958 to German parents in Melbourne, Australia, Ron Mueck first came to public attention when his sculpture Dead Dad starred in the 1997 exhibition Sensation at the Royal Academy in London. Mueck has since shown himself to be a major sculptor whose work elicits an immediate emotional response, by using all the traditional elements of his medium: pose, gesture, facial expression, scale and realism. Mueck’s subject matter – for all its universality – is deeply private, concerning the unspoken thoughts and feelings of all human beings.
Ron Mueck’s first one-man show was at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery in 1998. The monumental sculpture Boy was shown at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. Mueck was artist-in-residence between 2000 and 2002 at the National Gallery in London, culminating in an exhibition of major works there in 2003.
Mueck’s most recent major touring exhibition began at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, in 2013, and travelled to Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and São Paolo. Mueck’s work is held in a number of significant public collections, including Tate; National Gallery of Canada; National Gallery of Australia; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, amongst many others.
Mueck's works had never previously been exhibited in the Nordic countries. The exhibition at Sara Hilden presented ten sculptures, a series of photographs depicting the artist at work and Gautier Deblonde’s film 'Still Life: Ron Mueck at Work'.