Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Review of Michael Buthe at Haus der Kunst, Munich

Michael Buthe
Haus der Kunst, Munich
8 July – 20 November 2016

The name Michael Buthe (1944-94) is not that well known outside Germany – or even within – for the expressive artist, who developed his own style from the early influences of European art informel and American minimalism, collecting and collating ideas and artefacts from Christian, Arabic and oriental cultures, creating canvases, sculptures, installations and diaries, died at the age of 50 from a liver disease that had begun with jaundice in his youth. Similarly gay and Roman Catholic, Buthe has been compared to the American painter Paul Thek (1933-88). This five-gallery retrospective at the Haus der Kunst, Munich, presents a chronological overview of his oeuvre, centring on two large-scale installations, recreated from the little documentation that exists. It is enchanting and immersive, meditative and energetic – and certainly succeeds in earning Buthe his place in the canon.

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