It is our pleasure to announce a presentation of selected works dating from 2006 to 2011 by André Butzer (*1973 Stuttgart, Germany).
The exhibition will be on view from February 25 until March 31, 2022.
"To me, drinking cola means dying endlessly," states André Butzer, but at the same time, "I think it's great." He uses such absolute contradictions in all aspects of his work. A collection of this vocabulary is evident in the drawings and paintings on view at Livie Fine Art. Butzer presumes a fundamental estrangement between humankind and the world that has destroyed everything human as a result of the industrialized world. He allows the beautiful and the terrible to merge, joy and sorrow, hope and despair. To reach any future from this point, he invents a fiction that includes everything that has existed, including the entertainment and destruction industries of the 20th century as well as motifs of late capitalism. ...
Drawing plays an important role in Butzer’s practice. His works on paper are neither part of the painting process nor made in advance as sketches, but are created afterwards, after the painting. Their function is memory, lightness, and note-taking. All drawings are independent. He revisits the same types of figures again and again and paints his pictures as often as possible to make the world "less terrible" with them.
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Since 1996, André Butzer's paintings have been the subject of numerous institutional exhibitions; solo exhibitions among others at IKOB Museum of Contemporary Art in Eupen, Belgium; Kestnergesellschaft in Hanover, Germany; Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Germany; Kunstverein Reutlingen, Germany; Museum of Light, Hokuto, Japan; Växjö Konsthall in Växjö, Sweden; and YUZ Museum, Shanghai, China. Among others, works of his are part of the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Carré d’Art, Nîmes; Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn; Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Falckenberg Collection; Hall Art Foundation, Reading; Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin State Museums, Berlin, Germany; Nationalgalerie / Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; LACMA, Los Angeles; MOCA, Los Angeles; Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen; Rubell Museum, Miami; YUZ Museum, Shanghai.