Andrea Büttner

No Fear, No Shame, No Confusion

Oct 28, 2023— Feb 18, 2024


  • Andrea Büttner, Beggar, 2016, Holzschnitt auf Papier, 126,5 x 90 cm © Andrea Büttner / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023; courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, Jan Mot, Brüssel, and Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz and Zürich, Foto: Flying
  • Andrea Büttner in front of the design of a ceiling painting, 2020 Foto: Julia Zimmermann. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022

For more than twenty years, Andrea Büttner (b. 1972 in Stuttgart) has been dealing with complex themes: shame, poverty, work, and the practices of religious communities, as well as the historical continuities of right-wing ideologies in the ecology movement and the fetishization of craftsmanship, which she explores in a field of tension between aesthetic and ethical questions. She uses a wide range of media, including large-format woodcuts, paintings, photographs, video installations, silkscreen prints, textiles, and glass objects.

With their resistant aesthetics, the works of Andrea Büttner combine small, seemingly insignificant things with existential themes and dig into our consciousness. Her site-specific presentation on the Bel Etage, which features both new works and works from the recent past, is divided into three thematic rooms.

The works in the first room are dedicated to the echoes of traumatic events, such as the Nazi era in Germany. Büttner takes issue with the currently popular fantasy of “healing through art” and dares to touch on the historically paradoxical continuities of such promises of salvation. Poverty is the central theme of the second exhibition room. Here, among other things, large-format monochrome woodcuts from her Beggar series (2016) are juxtaposed with art historical research on the representation of poverty in art. At the center of the third exhibition space is the newly developed installation Schamstrafen (Shame Punishments, 2022/23), which features historical images of the public humiliation of people in different centuries and contexts — a phenomenon that we are still familiar with today, not least through social media.

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Published by Josef Helfenstein, Maja Wismer, Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer, Isabelle Malz

Contributions by Andrea Büttner, Anne Carson, Aden Kumler, Mason Leaver-Yap, Isabelle Malz, André Rottmann, Maja Wismer

368 Pages
200 Images
23 x 31 cm

48,00 €

Text: german/english

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