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Art Diary

André Butzer

5 May 2023

André Butzer has developed a style he calls ‘Science Fiction Expressionism’ – a fusion of American pop culture with expressionist painting, with figures that veer from cartoon-like creations to semi-abstract forms, rendered against chaotic, psychedelic backgrounds of block colour. This exhibition at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid (9 May–10 September) is the first survey of the German painter to be held outside his native country. The show includes 22 works, ranging from the early series Science Fiction Expressionism (1999) to more recent works, including two that have just been acquired by the Thyssen-Bornemisza: Aladdin and the Magic Oil Lamp (2010) and Untitled (2022). Find out more on the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza’s website.

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Aladdin and the Magic Oil Lamp (2010), André Butzer. Blanca and Borja Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid

Untitled (2021), André Butzer. Private collection

Untitled (Fränzi) (2022), André Butzer. Courtesy Carbon 12

Eis, bitte! (1999), André Butzer. Courtsey Galerie Max Hetzler