Press Releases, Letters, Conversations, Texts, Poems 199 –2020, Volume 2 (publication)
The second volume of André Butzer's collected writings has recently been published by Alexander Linn / Edition Linn. As an extension of the first volume, which focuses on the artist's writings from 1999 until 2017, this publication gathers an abundant selection of press releases, letters, conversations, texts and poems from 1994 until 2020, offering an intimate and personal insight into Butzer's painterly formation and practice.
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«… und der Tod ist auch ein Leben.» (solo show)
Museo Stefano Bardini, Florence
21 March – 9 June 2024
Museo Stefano Bardini will host a substantial exhibition dedicated to André Butzer. Organised alongside a further solo exhibition at Museo Novecento, Liebe, Glaube und Hoffnung, these two presentations constitute the artist’s first institutional solo exhibitions in Italy and allow visitors to explore Butzer’s whole artistic career.
In »… und der Tod ist auch ein Leben.«, a series of 22 paintings will establish a dialogue between the artist and the Museo Stefano Bardini, starting with a re-imagining of the museum’s ‘Hall of Madonnas’. Here, Butzer’s portraits – defined by their bright faces, large eyes, and golden hair – will confront masterworks in portraiture from the museum’s collection and thereby invite viewers to consider the shared colorist origins of these works. Alongside paintings, the exhibition will also include a selection of Butzer’s drawings and watercolours, all presented alongside masterworks of the Italian Renaissance.
André Butzer (solo show)
GfG Gesellschaft für Gegenwartskunst, Augsburg
15 March – 14 July 2024
With this extensive exhibition of André Butzer's work, the GfG Gesellschaft für Gegenwartskunst builds upon its major monographic exhibitions of the 1990s. Since its foundation, important bodies of work by Georg Baselitz, Günther Förg, Albert Oehlen and A. R. Penck were presented for the first time at the institution in Augsburg. Even the design of the exhibition catalogue is deliberately based on one of the first GfG catalogues, namely the one by Förg from 1994.
For this exhibition, Butzer has created a cycle of 27 works on paper, which is complemented by a retrospective group of 22 further sheets, the oldest of which dates from the year 2000. In addition to the drawings and watercolours, there will also be seven paintings of very different sizes on view. This grouping opens up Butzer's oeuvre in an exemplary way, allowing insight into the development of his characteristic figures and wider thematic world.
GfG Gesellschaft für Gegenwartskunst
Liebe, Glaube und Hoffnung (solo show)
Museo Novecento, Florence
1 March – 9 June 2024
Museo Novecento will host a substantial exhibition dedicated to André Butzer. Organised alongside a further solo exhibition at Museo Stefano Bardini, »… und der Tod ist auch ein Leben.«, these two presentations constitute the artist’s first institutional solo exhibitions in Italy and allow visitors to explore Butzer’s whole artistic career.
Liebe, Glaube und Hoffnung will be hosted in the Museo Novecento’s former Leopoldine complex and will bring together 30 works covering the artist’s career. The selection emphasises several recurring and interconnected themes in Butzer’s oeuvre – life and death, perishing and rebirth, hope and despair, truth and falseness – and will be completed by new works created specifically for the exhibition. Among these is a monumental canvas, Untitled (Sternenmadonna), 2023, which will be placed in the space designed for the altarpiece inside the Renaissance building’s former chapel.
ANDRÉ BUTZER, GÜNTHER FÖRG, ALBERT OEHLEN et al.
Magic + Cool: Malerei der Jahrtausendwende (group show)
Museum Penzberg | Sammlung Campendonk
18 November 2023 – 25 February 2024
Works by André Butzer, Günther Förg and Albert Oehlen will be presented in a group exhibition of paintings, watercolours, drawings and sculptures by internationally renowned artists working at the turn of the millennium.
ANDRÉ BUTZER et al.
Museu Inimá de Paula, Belo Horizonte (group show)
15 August 2023 – 11 February 2024
Work by André Butzer is included in a group exhibition at Museu Inimá de Paula, which presents the work of seminal artists who illustrate both the conceptual continuities and ruptures of art in the 21st century. Presenting a plurality of techniques, materials and artistic languages, the exhibition offers different ways of understanding contemporary art.
The Arts Club, London (solo show)
13 September 2023 – 14 January 2024
Across The Arts Club’s Drawing Room and Ante Room, André Butzer will show a selection of new and existing works. Alongside the artist's distinctive female figure, the exhibition also sees a series of new brushstroke paintings on canvas. The exhibition lays bare the building blocks, as well as the colouristic and historical heritage of Butzer's paintings, which are neither figurative nor abstract but complete beings of the unison and presence of colour.
Maikäfer flieg! (publication)
Published by Kunstverein Friedrichshafen
Edited by Kunstverein Friedrichshafen
Text by Hannah Eckstein
The catalogue accompanying André Butzer’s solo exhibition Maikäfer, flieg!, on view at Kunstverein Friedrichshafen from 28 January to 19 March 2023, will be available for purchase on 27 January 2023. Published by Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, the catalogue includes an essay by Hannah Eckstein.
vom Holz kommend, 2022 on the cover of La Lettura, #578
André Butzer has created the cover for the Italian magazine Corriere della Sera’s literary supplement, La Lettura, #578.
Including, among others, features by Julia Kristeva on Dostoevsky’s Demons, the defeat of Jean-Paul Sartre by Simone de Beauvoir or Albert Camus and a tongue-in-cheek compilation by Sofia Chiarini of 51 films based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, who was vocal about his disliking of the usual Christmas stories.
La Lettura #578
Exhibitions Galerie Max Hetzler 2003–2022 (publication)
Published by Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London / Holzwarth Publications, 2022
This new publication provides a compelling overview of exhibitions of André Butzer at Galerie Max Hetzler since his first with the gallery in 2003, charting his 17 solo and 10 group exhibitions in Berlin, Paris and London. Installation views and large-format illustrations of all exhibited works are accompanied by contemporary texts including reviews and catalogue essays. The book is now available for purchase on the Galerie Max Hetzler publications website.
ANDRÉ BUTZER, GÜNTHER FÖRG, ALBERT OEHLEN, ANDRÉ BUTZER, CARROLL DUNHAM et al.
Mix & Match. Die Sammlung neu entdecken (group show)
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
30 March 2022 – 14 January 2024
Work by André Butzer and Carroll Dunham is included in Mix & Match. Die Sammlung neu entdecken at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. Celebrating the institution’s 20th anniversary, the exhibition presents some 350 works and series in a new display which spans 120 years of art history. Characterised by a spirit of curiosity and experimentation, the new hang invites visitors to rediscover the collection in themed galleries and unconventional juxtapositions that transcend epochs, styles, and media.
The exhibition remains on view until January 2024.
Exhibition Catalogue (publication)
Published by Buchhandlung Walther and Franz König, Cologne, 2022
Edited by Günther Friedrichs
Text by Christian Malycha
The new exhibition catalogue, published on the occasion of André Butzer’s solo exhibition at the Friedrichs Foundation in Weidingen, which was on view from 7 May to 28 August 2022, can be ordered now. The catalogue is jointly published by Buchhandlung Walther König and Franz König Köln.
Incomplete catalogue raisonné of prints (publication)
Volume I: 2001–2021
Published by Edition Linn
A new publication of André Butzer’s prints from 2001 until 2021 has been published by Edition Linn. This comprehensive catalogue spans from the artist’s simplest linocuts, to his elaborate series composed in a variety of graphic techniques, comprising the vibrant colours of recent years.
André Butzer (publication)
Published by TASCHEN
Edited by Hans Werner Holzwarth
Made in close collaboration with the artist, this unprecedented huge-format survey presents the future and origins of his painting according to André Butzer. From his early works of “Science Fiction Expressionism” that centered around a cast of figures at home both in space and in culturally occupied Europe, to his exploration of abstraction’s far limits in the seemingly black N-Paintings, Butzer emerges as an ever-inventive colorist who finds a new beginning in each work.
This is the first book first to span the full range of André Butzer’s oeuvre from 1999 to 2021, the works’ progression gaining an almost musical drive of development, return, and new beginnings. The plates are interspersed with contemporary quotes from the artist that illuminate his idiosyncratic stance as a background to the work, as well as photos from his archives. The introductory essay, written by Hans Werner Holzwarth, investigates the different work phases, and places the artist’s ideas in a wider discourse of abstraction and figuration after the end of either genre. And, most importantly, the book’s pristine, huge-format illustrations fully evidence the finesse as a colorist that place this artist among the internationally most recognized painters of his generation.
“Expressionism was about going back to nature and nakedness, about inner more than outer space. Now we can give this field a new task—to be informed by seriality, post-industrialism, and modern mankind’s artificiality. So I include organic and non-organic parts, fake nature and fake human. Titian said painting is about flesh and water, and I say it is about flesh and lemonade.”
— André Butzer
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Press Releases, Letters, Conversations, Texts, Poems, Volume 3: 1999–2021 (publication)
All good things come in threes and so do André Butzer’s collected writings. The third volume is elegantly sharp and poignant. Editor Alexander Linn continues to explore the unique fictitious universe, Butzer calls »NASAHEIM«. Boldly touching on the latter’s own work and biography, art history as well as music in numerous letters, in-depth conversations and poems. Guided by the simple question: What is real?, Butzer searches for »the actual location of painting, the space in-between. It’s a very esoteric but easy to understand conception of truth.«
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Selected Press Releases, Letters, Interviews, Texts, Poems 1999–2017 (publication)
This divertingly profound or profoundly diverting volume gathers an abundant selection of press releases, letters, interviews and conversations, prose, and poetry by painter André Butzer. Brought together for the first time, Butzer’s writings form a concise account of his artistic thinking.
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