Georg Nothelfer

Michael Buthe


Born 1944 in Sonthofen
1965-1968 Studied at the Staatliche Hochschule der Künste in Kassel with Arnold Bode
1969 Participation in Harald Szeemann's exhibition "When Attitudes Become Form" 
1972 Participates in documenta 5 
1976 Villa Romana Prize, Florence
From 1983 Professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy
2015 Solo exhibition Michael Buthe. Retrospective, Kunstmuseum Luzern, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Haus der Kunst, Munich
Died 1994 in Bad Godesberg

Buthe's pictorial roots lie in European Informel and American Minimal Art.  From 1970 he immersed himself intensively in the everyday life and mythologies of North Africa. His aim was to absorb the foreign, wondrous myths and customs as an antidote to the rationalistic practical constraints of contemporary Western societies, which were increasingly perceived as repulsive.  His works are characterised by the diversity of their materials and multiformity of their formal means, reflecting the obsessions of an extraordinary artistic personality. His visual language contains elements from different cultures. Not their juxtaposition, but rather their bridging is the central feature of his artistic intention. In 1999 he was exhibited for the first time at the Galerie Georg Nothelfer.



  • Retrospektive, 2015, Exhibition catalogue, published by Kunstmuseum Luzern, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Haus der Kunst, Munich on the occasion of the exhibition "Michael Buthe. Retrospective". Includes a foreword by Fanni Fetzer, Philippe Van Cauteren and Okwui Enwezor. With texts by Martin Germann, Dominik Müller, Heinz Stahlhut and Ulrich Wilmes. All texts are in German and English. 224 pages, 147 illustrations, ISBN 978-3-7757-4038-8, EUR 25