Michael Buthe: Rediscovered

Michael Buthe: "Four Seasons" 1980, Mixed media on cavnas, 170 x 130 x 50 cm, Be

Michael Buthe: "Four Seasons" 1980, Mixed media on cavnas, 170 x 130 x 50 cm, Bernier/Eliades

The Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK) in Amsterdam lit the touch-paper to the rebirth of the Cologne artist Michael Buthe with a retrospective in March 2015. The Sammlung Goetz and the Haus der Kunst in Munich will round off, for the time being at least, the artist's solo shows in Autumn 2016. The curators at the Sammlung Goetz aptly described the importance of the artist to the Cologne art scene of the 1970s and '80s in the following words: 'Michael Buthe (1944-1994) was already a legend in his own lifetime. The artist portrays himself like a prince in his own fairytale world."

Profile:  Michael Buthe (1944-1994, Sonthofen-Cologne, Germany) was particularly enthralled by non-European cultures. Starting from a basis in German informal painting, he introduced opulence and sensuality as a counterpart to cool American Minimalism. He became engrossed in both spiritual and social issues. Buthe’s work is characterised above all by an unprecedented artistic freedom. This makes him uniquely relevant, not only to the generations of artists that came after him, but also more broadly. This exhibition includes assemblages, collages and paintings. In 1984 there was a major exhibition of Buthe’s work at the MHK, the forerunner of the S.M.A.K. For that show he created the installation ‘Taufkapelle mit Papa und Mama’, one of the highlights of the S.M.A.K. collection and also of this exhibition. In cooperation with Kunstmuseum Luzern and Haus der Kunst, Munich.(Source: smak)

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