Apocalypse and beginning - what we might think of as contradictory is harmonised by the painter Willem Julius Muller (*1979). In Apocalypse as Beginning, he combines the states of decline and ascent, beginning and end, before and after. Even Muller's painting is suspended in the (post)apocalyptic tension: in his apocalyptic, deserted, or abandoned landscapes we find ourselves before and after the apocalypse or at the beginning - in places that could be ending as well as beginning. Just as the so often proclaimed death of painting fuelled its own resurrection, the failure of humanity in Muller's paintings may "refer to the continuation of humanity beyond the human" (Joerg Scheller). Text in English and German.