Since the early 2000s, Andreas Büttner (*1972 in Stuttgart) “images” on such subjects as labour, poverty, shame, forms of coexistence and on the belief systems that have had a far-reaching impact on society, whether religious or secular in nature.
The artist draws on a wide range of media when rendering her themes visible: Originally known for her large-format woodcuts and etchings, she has since broadened her scope to encompass a variety of media, such as books, glass objects, video installations and textiles. Exhibitions of her work may well be characterised as expansive “narratives” that invite viewers to explore more by degrees.
The exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel shows a confluence of distinct narrative lines, such as the benevolence of monastic communal life and that of coercive labour in biodynamic agriculture under National Socialism. In the same vein, Büttner links the representational traditions in public opprobrium with traces of the everyday usage of smartphones, such as the fingerprints left on the devices.
Nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2017, Andrea Büttner read fine art, philosophy and art history at Tübingen and Berlin universities before gaining her doctorate on the subject of shame at the Royal College of Art in London in 2010. She has held a professorship for Art in Contemporary Context at the Kunsthochschule Kassel since 2017. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
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Image: Andrea Büttner, Erntende, 2021,
Beschreibung: Ausstellungsansicht "Andrea Büttner - Der Kern der Verhältnisse", Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart
Credits: © bei der Künstlerin / the artist & ProLitteris, Zürich
Photo Credit: Max Ehrengruber