Museum Folkwang
Versuchung II
  • Michael Buthe
  • Versuchung II, 1982

  • Temptation II
  • Oil, plastic, string, and wood on canvas
  • 268 x 186 cm
  • Donated in 2007 by Werner Demmler
  • Inv. G 584
  • CommentaryIn the nineteen-seventies, many artists sought an alternative to Western consumer culture. Michael Buthe traveled to Morocco for the first time in 1970, a rather incidental decision that ended up strongly impacting on the development of the Minimalist work he was doing at the time. Deeply impressed by the country’s culture, he spent some time living in Marrakech. In contrast to Orientalist painters, Buthe tried to engage in the daily life of locals and to understand their culture. He participated in the holy moussem festivals, learned to dye cloth in Marrakech, and read the ecstatic poems of the Sufis. Buthe revealed fanciful and enchanted qualities most extensively in his spatial installations and stagings, in which pictures made of various materials assume a central role, including branches, sheets of gold, and bright fabrics.
  • ProvenanceKünstler
    2007, Wolfgang Demmler
    2007, Kauf bei Demmler, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 14,373
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Versuchung II
  • Obj_Title2_S: Temptation II
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Versuchung II Temptation II Versuchung II
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1982
  • Jahr von: 1,982
  • Jahr bis: 1,982
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 584
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0584
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 268 x 186 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil, plastic, string, and wood on canvas
  • Obj_Technique_S:
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil, plastic, string, and wood on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Donated in 2007 by Werner Demmler
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
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In the nineteen-seventies, many artists sought an alternative to Western consumer culture. Michael Buthe traveled to Morocco for the first time in 1970, a rather incidental decision that ended up strongly impacting on the development of the Minimalist work he was doing at the time. Deeply impressed by the country’s culture, he spent some time living in Marrakech. In contrast to Orientalist painters, Buthe tried to engage in the daily life of locals and to understand their culture. He participated in the holy moussem festivals, learned to dye cloth in Marrakech, and read the ecstatic poems of the Sufis. Buthe revealed fanciful and enchanted qualities most extensively in his spatial installations and stagings, in which pictures made of various materials assume a central role, including branches, sheets of gold, and bright fabrics.