André Butzer

Rohe Milch

Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to announce Rohe Milch, a solo exhibition by André Butzer at the gallery’s new space at Potsdamer Straße 77–87.

After having explored the fundamental dimensions of colour, light, proportions and the potentiality of painterly expression in the seemingly utter black of his N-Paintings, Butzer relocated to California from 2018 to 2021. Painting outdoors year-round, his latest works brim with a vibrating freshness and display his painterly mastery.

This “American experience” confirmed Butzer’s belief that paintings are “localisations of the greatest despair and the greatest hope,” which is exactly why “they come closest to the very joy and aid we are in dire need of.” As each painting establishes a pictorial position of its own true dwelling, the titles name customs and things, places, landscapes and friendships, Butzer holds dear.

The inner location of the pictorial enables this. It creates a place within this world, yet it is not of it. “Its origins,” says Butzer, “being blue, red, yellow and the colour of flesh.” Everything springs from these four primary colours, carefully balancing and reverberating and brightly illuminating each other. Among the vivid chromatic interactions, the unconstraint incarnate embodies a consoling physical presence—like a bather or reclining figure. Solely by means of colour, one feels the paintings’ temperaments and how firmly each of them comes into its own stand.

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Loaded with real1, every painting modestly preserves a locale for one such encounter:

Song titles, food, beverages and a deserted chain of diners in “Six Gallon Pie” and “Steak and Ale.” An “Unfrozen Memory” of loneliness and dislocation, of happiness and soft caress. Recollections of folk music and a promised land of milk and honey in “Big Rock Candy Mountain”. In “Saturday Cartoons,” it’s kids’ delights on weekend television and one out of 21 choices of frozen yogurt. “Eric’s Garage” is the place of a friend and in “Bibémus (Seed Bakery)” a random store merges with art history and all of a sudden, a plain croissant or a rock face in the San Gabriel mountains resemble a golden Provençal quarry. “The Most Dangerous Game” recalls both Butzer’s riotous beginnings and Guy Debord’s retreat from the Situationist International into the serenity of a secluded countryside village.2 And in face of the unhindered bio-politicisation of the body3, “Raw Milk” poses a question almost too simple, namely, of what to drink and how to remain in possession of one’s own health, of how to reach a self-determined stance in life accordingly.

André Butzer (*1973, Stuttgart), lives in Berlin-Wannsee. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held in international institutions, including the YUZ Museum, Shanghai, and Museum of the Light, Hokuto (2020); IKOB Museum of Contemporary Art, Eupen (2018); Växjö Konsthall, Växjö (2017); Bayerisches Armeemuseum, Ingolstadt, and Neue Galerie Gladbeck (2016); Kunstverein Reutlingen (2015); Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst und Medien, Graz (2014); Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, and Kunsthistorisches Museum / Theseustempel, Vienna (2011); Kunsthalle Nuremberg (2009); Kunstverein Ulm (2005); Kunstverein Heilbronn (2004).

Works by André Butzer are held in the collections of prominent museums including Art Institute of Chicago; Carré d’Art, Nîmes; Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn; Deichtorhallen Hamburg; Friedrichs Foundation, Weidingen / Bonn; Hall Art Foundation, Reading / Derneburg; Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin State Museums, Berlin; LACMA, Los Angeles; Marciano Collection, Los Angeles; MOCA, Los Angeles; Nationalgalerie / Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen; Rubell Museum, Miami; YUZ Museum, Shanghai.

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WORKS

Eric's Garage, 2020
oil on canvas
270 x 170 cm.; 106 1/4 x 66 7/8 in.

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Saturday Cartoons, 2020
oil on canvas
270.5 x 170 cm.; 106 1/2 x 66 7/8 in.

Saturday Cartoons (detail), 2020
oil on canvas
270.5 x 170 cm.; 106 1/2 x 66 7/8 in.
Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2020
oil on canvas
190.5 x 284.5 cm.; 75 x 112 in.

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2020
acrylic on canvas
224 x 190.5 cm.; 88 1/4 x 75 in.

Untitled (detail), 2020
acrylic on canvas
224 x 190.5 cm.; 88 1/4 x 75 in.
Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2020
oil, acrylic on canvas
223.7 x 218.5 cm.; 88 1/8 x 86 in.

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2021
oil on canvas
190 × 280 cm.; 74 3/4 × 110 1/4 in.

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2020
oil, acrylic and lacquer on canvas
94.2 × 287.2 cm.; 37 1/8 × 113 1/8 in.

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2021
oil and lacquer on canvas
85 × 95 cm.; 33 1/2 × 37 3/8 in.

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2021
acrylic and lacquer on canvas
25.5 x 49.5 cm.; 10 x 19 1/2 in.

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2020
acrylic on canvas
23.2 x 48.7 cm.; 9 1/8 x 19 1/8 in.

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2020
acrylic on canvas
23.2 x 48.7 cm.; 9 1/8 x 19 1/8 in.

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2021
acrylic and lacquer on canvas
25.5 x 26.7 cm.; 10 x 10 1/2 in.

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2019
acrylic and pencil on paper
35.5 x 31 cm.; 14 x 12 1/4 in.
48.5 x 41 cm.; 19 1/8 x 16 1/8 in. (framed)

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2021
pencil on paper
22 x 13.6 cm.; 8 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.
30.2 x 21.7 x 3 cm.; 11 7/8 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (framed)

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2019
watercolour, pencil and wax crayon on paper
38 x 31 cm.; 15 x 12 1/4 in.
48.5 x 41 cm.; 19 1/2 x 16 1/8 in. (framed)

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled (Drei hielten Gräser), 2021
pencil on paper
15.8 x 22 cm.; 6 1/4 x 8 5/8 in.
23.8 x 30.3 x 3 cm.; 9 3/8 x 11 7/8 x 1 1/8 in. (framed)

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2020
oil on canvas
287 x 165 cm.; 113 x 65 in.

Untitled (detail), 2020
oil on canvas
287 x 165 cm.; 113 x 65 in.
Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Raw Milk, 2021
oil on canvas
280 × 190 cm.; 110 1/4 × 74 3/4 in.

Raw Milk (detail), 2021
oil on canvas
280 × 190 cm.; 110 1/4 × 74 3/4 in.
Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Riff Raff, 2021
acrylic and lacquer on canvas
280 × 190 cm.; 110 1/4 × 74 3/4 in.

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Steak and Ale, 2020
oil on canvas
275 x 180 cm.; 108 1/4 x 70 7/8 in.

Steak and Ale (detail), 2020
oil on canvas
275 x 180 cm.; 108 1/4 x 70 7/8 in.
Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

The Most Dangerous Game, 2020
oil on canvas
275 x 180 cm.; 108 1/4 x 70 7/8 in.

The Most Dangerous Game (detail), 2020
oil on canvas
275 x 180 cm.; 108 1/4 x 70 7/8 in.
Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Six Gallon Pie, 2020
oil on canvas
255.5 x 175 cm.; 100 5/8 x 68 7/8 in.

Six Gallon Pie (detail), 2020
oil on canvas
255.5 x 175 cm.; 100 5/8 x 68 7/8 in.
Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2020
acrylic on canvas
212.5 x 199.5 cm.; 83 5/8 x 78 1/2 in.

Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Big Rock Candy Mountain, 2020
oil on canvas
180 x 275 cm.; 70 7/8 x 108 1/4 in.

Big Rock Candy Mountain (detail), 2020
oil on canvas
180 x 275 cm.; 70 7/8 x 108 1/4 in.
Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Bibémus (Seed Bakery), 2020
oil on canvas
170 x 270.5 cm.; 66 7/8 x 106 1/2 in.

Bibémus (Seed Bakery) (detail), 2020
oil on canvas
170 x 270.5 cm.; 66 7/8 x 106 1/2 in.
Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Unfrozen Memory, 2020
oil on canvas
170.5 x 270.5 cm.; 67 1/8 x 106 1/2 in.

Unfrozen Memory (detail), 2020
oil on canvas
170.5 x 270.5 cm.; 67 1/8 x 106 1/2 in.
Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021

Untitled, 2020
oil, acrylic and lacquer on canvas
112 x 105 cm.; 44 1/8 x 41 3/8 in.

Untitled (detail), 2020
oil, acrylic and lacquer on canvas
112 x 105 cm.; 44 1/8 x 41 3/8 in.
Installation view: André Butzer, Rohe Milch, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021