Michael Buthe

Galerie Schurr

The work of Michael Buthe is inseparably connected to Africa and the Middle East. In the course of his many trips to these parts of the world, their cultures—especially those of North Africa—have become very much a part of Buthe’s life. After Cologne, Marrakesh is his second home. From these various influences he creates a milieu of private signs and ciphers in his fetishlike objects and large-scale environments, which can serve simultaneously as art and as living space for the artist. The concept of “individual mythology,” formulated by Harald Szeemann on the occasion of Documenta 5, was already being applied to his work by 1972 and describes this close connection between his art and his life. Most of the large-scale pieces in this exhibition, which covers the period from 1974 to 1986, come from larger contexts, once having been components of environmental installations.

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