André Butzer

SOS-Edition 2009
Edition: 10 different cats - 10 colours
(100 cats)
Numbered and signed lino print on paper
50 × 65 cm
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André Butzer was born in 1973 in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied at the University for Fine Arts in Hamburg. In 1994 he founded the non-governmental art academy Isotrop with friends and like-minded people. He became well known through his art, describing himself as a “science fiction expressionist”.

In his early figurative pictures, the cat made regular appearances being mostly painted in black or grey. Often the cat was at the bottom of the picture, as a shadow of the other characters. Whilst the cat was originally painted in oil, it also emerged as a print graphic or drawing and is still developing further. In the case of the SOS Edition, it has gone from being the shadow of the other characters to being the protagonist.

Butzer’s works are being shown at important international collections and museums, among others the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany, the Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria, and among the works of the Goetz collection at the ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Some of his most important solo shows have been “Probably the best abstract painter in the world” (2011) at the Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, Germany, “Many dead in the homeland: Fanta, Sprite, UHT Milk, Mickey and Donald! Paintings 1999-2008” (2010) at Metro Pictures in New York and at the Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany (2009). In 2004, the Kunstverein Heilbronn, Germany, displayed his exhibition “Das Ende vom Friedens-Siemens-Menschentraum”.

In Berlin, André Butzer is represented by the Galerie Guido W. Baudach and the Galerie Max Hetzler. André Butzer lives and works in Rangsdorf near Berlin.

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In 1953, the first SOS children could spend their holidays in the SOS Holiday Village Caldonazzo, at the Caldonazzo lake near Trent in Northern Italy. The children of the SOS Children’s Villages can enjoy carefree and diverse holidays by the lake. Every year over one thousand children from all over Europe have an unforgettable experience and the SOS mothers are able to have a rest during the well-deserved summer holidays.

The children in school age spend three to four weeks in tents and simple bungalows. A large kitchen provides them with food and drinks. During the high season there can be as many as one thousand children, and one hundred meals are provided in one sitting.

Doctors supervise a medical ward around the clock. Experienced lifeguards ensure untroubled fun in the water. In the extensive grounds, there is plenty of space to play football, romp around, run, play chess and much more. A broad spectrum of activities including sports, hiking, swimming, handicrafts, painting, theatre, dance, a newspaper workshop, etc., allows the children to creatively shape and experience their holiday in groups.

With so many different nationalities spending time together, an essential contribution to peace education is also achieved. Lovingly referred to as ‘Caldo’, the holiday village is a shining example of multicultural coexistence.