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Werner Büttner in conversation, 28 Jan 2016

Werner Büttner was born in Jena, Germany, in 1954. He moved to Berlin in 1968, where he studied law at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Together with Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, Büttner has exerted a sustained and provocative impact on the European art scene since the late 1970s when, as the ‘Junge Wilde’, they sought to renounce the dominant modes of conceptual and minimal art through a return to painting.
In 1979 he exhibited at Kippenberger’s Büro project as part of the renowned exhibition ‘Elend’, and in 1982 was part of the Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition ‘Zeitgeist’, which was considered a definitive survey of painting at that time.

In 2013 the artist was the subject of a major retrospective, ‘Werner Büttner: Gemeine Wahrheiten’ [Common Truths], at ZKM, Karlsruhe, which travelled to the Weserburg Museum of Contemporary Art, Bremen, in 2014. Hatje Cantz published a major monograph in conjunction with the exhibition.

Büttner has also been Professor of Painting at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg since 1989.

 

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Werner Büttner in conversation, 28 Jan 2016

Werner Büttner was born in Jena, Germany, in 1954. He moved to Berlin in 1968, where he studied law at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Together with Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, Büttner has exerted a sustained and provocative impact on the European art scene since the late 1970s when, as the ‘Junge Wilde’, they sought to renounce the dominant modes of conceptual and minimal art through a return to painting.
In 1979 he exhibited at Kippenberger’s Büro project as part of the renowned exhibition ‘Elend’, and in 1982 was part of the Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition ‘Zeitgeist’, which was considered a definitive survey of painting at that time.

In 2013 the artist was the subject of a major retrospective, ‘Werner Büttner: Gemeine Wahrheiten’ [Common Truths], at ZKM, Karlsruhe, which travelled to the Weserburg Museum of Contemporary Art, Bremen, in 2014. Hatje Cantz published a major monograph in conjunction with the exhibition.

Büttner has also been Professor of Painting at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg since 1989.

 

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