André Butzer - Light, Colour and Hope

André Butzer - Light, Colour and Hope
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Light, Color and Hope is the first personal exhibition of the German painter André Butzer in continental China. The space dedicated to the special projects of the Yuz Museum hosts a sizeable group of works that allow the spectator to explore the various phases of the artist’s 25-year-long career. Born in Stuttgart in 1973, André Butzer has always opted for a hybrid language in his work - his German cultural heritage coexists with his interest for American culture; his love for painting blends with his use of ready made. The works of Butzer put an emphasis on rhythm, colour and light. The canvas lights up with scenes somewhere between dreams and reality. The solemnity of German history, the power evoked by the poetry of Friedrich Hölderlin and the references to Walt Disney are a constant in the work of the artist, as well as the acronym NASAHEIM. "NASA" refers to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a reference to the unknown, ungraspable cosmos; “HEIM”, instead, means “home” in German, represents familiarity, intimacy, closeness. The fictitious universe of NASAHEIM doesn’t only mirror the interior world of the artist, but also suggests that the act of painting occurs in some in-between space, between near and far, tangible and intangible. And while carefree figures constantly appear in the works of Butzer, his painting is also permeated by the sense of crisis provoked by modernity and the subsequent doubt cast upon his values.

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