ANDRÉ BUTZER x CELINE Collaboration
For the collaboration with Celine, André Butzer’s character “Wanderer”, (2001) has been taken from the artist’s sketchbooks, lithographs and linoleum prints. Although the figure is in black and white, it is about colour and the potential for colour. This character from Butzer’s universe has been adapted onto various products across the range including embroidered black cotton thread onto raffia baskets, printed in black and white onto grained leather and featured as an artwork patch onto t-shirts and high-top sneakers.
Light, Colour and Hope (solo show)
YUZ Museum, West Bund, Shanghai
26 September 2020 – 10 January 2021
Yuz Museum Shanghai is pleased to present “Light, Colour and Hope,” the first institutional solo exhibition in mainland China of German painter André Butzer, from September 26th, 2020 to January 10th, 2021 in the YUZ Project Space of Art. Comprised of new paintings with his well-known cartoon characters and a storm of colour, the exhibition will introduce the artist’s 25-year practice to Chinese audiences.
Born in Stuttgart in 1973, André Butzer established his own style mingling the two disparate contexts of his German heritage and the increasing presence of American culture. Conscious of the interplay between the painterly reality and the readymade, Butzer strives to revive the importance of painting and the meaning of human existence. With an emphasis on rhythm and the study of colour and light, he revisits the history of painting. Moreover, he builds a spiritual home on the canvas which lingers between dream and reality. His work’s recollection of German history, resonances of Friedrich Hölderlin’s poems as well as references to Walt Disney enable him to envision an enduring life under the auspices of human nature and community.
As a recurring manifestation of his practice, NASAHEIM is a utopia reincarnated in painting. “NASA” is taken from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, referring to the unknown and untouchable cosmos, while “HEIM” in German refers to home, representing the familiarity within reach. This invented universe not only points to his protected inner world, but also suggests that painting itself inhabits a space in-between far and near. Butzer is able to break away from earthbound measurements, surpass the concept of time, wander between heaven and earth, and be free of all ties.
Even though lighthearted figures appear repeatedly throughout Butzer’s œuvre, the aura of life and the crisis wrought by modernity echo in his paintings. As Butzer states: “Don’t believe the hype. Find truth in presence, attendance, community. Stay uncalculable and remain a being of risk, embrace the risk. Science is not real. Rhythm will always return and annihilate what is untrue, virtual, statistic and godless.”