Werner Büttner, Selbst bei Ich könnt’ im Bett verfaulen, 1986
Werner Büttner / 1981–1988
Sep 10 – Oct 22, 2022
Galerie Max Hetzler
Berlin, Germany

Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by Werner Büttner from the 1980s, at Goethestraße 2/3 in Berlin. Beginning in the late 1970s, Werner Büttner became known for his distinctive painterly approach, cultivated at the time under the heading of ‘Bad Painting’. In Büttner’s work, irony and satire abound. Originally conceived as the antithesis of conventional notions of ‘high’ art, Büttner’s paintings reject attributes of transcendence, elegance, refinement and taste to make subversive and humorous commentaries on society and the condition humane.

Funny, self-reflexive, and absurd, Büttner’s work is characterized by an equally poignant integration of language. ‘Büttner’s art oscillates between image and word,’ writes Dr. Alexander Klar, producing ‘painting which is just as committed to language as it is to the iconic image. Both language and picture are dominated by the ambivalent but also by the unspeakable, essentially even by the unpaintable.’ To Klar, one of the key elements of Büttner’s paintings lies in his depictions of the tragedy and futility found in everyday life.

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