Alexander and Bonin will present a solo booth of works by Michael Buthe created between the late 1960s and early 1990s. Buthe’s work was widely exhibited throughout Germany from 1968 until his death in 1994.
Michael Buthe’s work was widely exhibited throughout Germany from 1968 until his death in 1994. His work was included in the legendary 1969 exhibition “When Attitudes Become Form: Live in Your Head” at Kunsthalle Bern as well as four “Documenta” exhibitions.
Beginning in 1971, Buthe divided his time between his native Germany and North Africa, with stopovers in Spain. These experiences, melded with his European upbringing and the zeitgeist embraced by his contemporaries Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter, led to the development of a distinct and constantly evolving vernacular. Buthe’s work explored his fascination with mysticism, cosmogony, literature and the everyday.
Michael Buthe’s work has come under re-examination in the past few years. In 2015-16, the Kunstmuseum Luzern, S.M.A.K., Gent, and Haus der Kunst, Munich presented a major retrospective of Buthe’s work including the only two extant major installations.
At the Art Show 2017, Alexander and Bonin will present a selection of works Buthe created between the late 1960s and early 1990s. Materiality, extensive mark making, saturated color and use of found objects appear throughout the work.