Werner Büttner

The Marking of the Abyss

Mar 4 — Apr 18, 2015
London

Marlborough is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by German artist Werner Büttner. This will be Büttner’s first solo show at the gallery and his first major presentation in London since his seminal exhibition with Georg Herold and Albert Oehlen at the ICA in 1986. 

Büttner creates surreal assemblages that question our systems of value and contradict our understanding of what elements or images may be brought together. His work confronts social norms with both irony and satire. While retaining a firm understanding of the history of painting, Büttner is constantly testing convention.

In Die Markierung des Abgrunds, 2012, which translates as The Marking of the Abyss and lends the show its title, Büttner depicts a sublime German Romantic landscape. However in place of a rapturous onlooker, a dog engages with the scene by cocking its leg into the valley in a gesture of disregard.

In addition to nine large-scale paintings, the exhibition will feature a number of collages and Pictor prints. Büttner has worked with collage for the past fourteen years, using the medium to create what he describes as something ‘crazy, unseen and unbelievable.’ While he uses collage as the starting point for his paintings, they are not only preparatory studies but a strategy that enables juxtaposing realities and unexpected associations, which are characteristic of his extensive oeuvre. 

Works

Werner büttner, the marking of the abyss, marlborough contemporary london installation view 5
Installation View.
Buttner magersuchtige; enten futternd..., anorexic, feeding ducks.. 2014 150 x 120
Anorexic, feeding ducks (Magersuchtige, Enten Futternd), 2014, oil on canvas, 59 × 471/2 in., 149.9 × 120.7 cm
4 buttner the marking of the abyss 2012 600x744
The Marking of the Abyss (Die Markierung des Abgrunds), 2012, oil on canvas, 59 × 471/4 in., 150 × 120 cm
Coincidence in splendor koinzidenz in pracht by werner buttner marlborough
Coincidence in Splendor (Koinzidenz in Pracht), 2015, oil on canvas, 59 × 471/4 in., 150 × 120 cm
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Installation View.
5 buttner the days are running away... 2011 600x480
The Days are Running Away (Die Tage rennen davon...), 2011, oil on canvas, 743/4 × 941/2 in., 190 × 240 cm
Buttner tod im blutenmeer, death in sea of blossoms 2012 150 x 120
Death in Sea of Blossoms (Tod im Blutenmeer), 2012, oil on canvas, 150 × 120 in., 381 × 304.8 cm
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Installation View.
6 buttner dilemma kid 2014 600x757
Dilemma Kid, 2014, oil on canvas, 743/4 × 59 in., 190 × 150 cm
Buttner love 2015
Love (Love), 2015, oil on canvas, 743/4 × 743/4 in., 189.9 × 189.9 cm
Werner büttner, the marking of the abyss, marlborough contemporary london installation view 2
Installation View.