PAVEL BÜCHLER
BACK TO WORK
18 October - 15 November 2014
PREVIEW 17 October, 6 - 9 pm
Curated by Philippe Pirotte

PRESS RELEASE:
 
Tanya Leighton is proud to present 'Back to Work', an exhibition of early collages by Pavel Büchler, which have never been shown before. This exhibition is curated by Philippe Pirotte, Rector, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, Frankfurt.

In the 1970s and 80s Pavel Büchler ventured to collage. The principles of the medium remained a working strategy, the traces of which can be seen in his subsequent artistic itinerary. Though initially working in the vein of fellow Czech artist Jiří Kolář, Büchler seemed to be aware that he was developing a body of work that did not really add "new" material to the visual production of the world, but that this form of conceptualism would instead engage with a variety of his predilections like photography, writing, misunderstanding, the Kafkaesque, and technology.

When surveying the stock of his early collages, at first one suspects that Büchler is constructing a typical artistic dualism: a nice but nasty tactic in which a scene is contaminated with something discordant. Rather than creating surprising and visually striking new combinations, Büchler furthers the self-evident rhetoric and compositions of the images he pairs. His approach to collage exposes the visual structure of his source material, flirting with their subliminal meaning, and perversely refiguring them towards a certain normalcy. Forgoing self-reflexive art historical ironies, Büchler makes his images reverberate, lending the resulting works a distinct humor.

Büchler works with his images as if they were texts - in his subsequent development he would work with texts as if they were images. Collage becomes a form of writing, wherein the text, in Barthesian spirit, begins to live its own life, taking lead over the author. As experimental sketches, Büchler's early collages represent his first forays in developing a discipline that continues something preexisting - re-stating, albeit in a different way, what is already there. As abstractly disquieting artistic objects, the rediscovery and exhibition of Büchler's collages reveals the slightly taboo fascination for the anachronistic tradition in which they take part.
 
- Philippe Pirotte
 
 
Awarded the Northern Art Prize 2009 and The Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists 2012, Büchler has recently exhibited at Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2014); Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2014); Power Plant, Toronto (2013); The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2012); Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen (2012); Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis (2011); Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneve (2011); Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel (2011); Museion, Bolzano (2011); DOX, Prague (2010), Tinguely Museum, Basel (2010); and MuHKA, Antwerp (2010), among others.

Pavel Büchler, 'Back to Work'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Pavel Büchler, 'Back to Work'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Pavel Büchler, 'Back to Work'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Pavel Büchler, 'Back to Work'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Pavel Büchler, 'Back to Work'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Pavel Büchler, 'Back to Work'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Pavel Büchler, 'Back to Work'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1985-86
Collage on museum board
35.5 x 55.5 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0186)



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1985-86
Collage on museum board
35.5 x 55.5 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0187)



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1985-86
Collage on museum board
35.5 x 55.5 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0185)



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1987
Collage on museum board
41 x 31 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0191)



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1987-88
Five collages on museum board
34.5 x 58 cm each (frames)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0192)



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1987
Collage on museum board
59 x 39 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0189)



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1987
Collage on museum board
59 x 42 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0190)



Pavel Büchler
'Two Horses (22. Moиceeeкo E.E. - 23. Дягилев Α. И.)'; 'Tvo Antoníns (105. Antonín Slavíček – 106. Antonín Hudeček)'; 'AA - AB (116. A. A. OCMERКИH – 117. A. Б. ШИМAHOBСКИЙ)', 1980-81
Three collages on museum board
51 x 39 cm each (frames)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0182)



Pavel Büchler
'Socialist Cubism', 1980
Collage on card
35 x 31 cm
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0176)



Pavel Büchler
'Clowns, Acrobats and Others', 1986
Four collages on museum board
52.5 x 42 cm each (2 frames); 42 x 52.5 cm each (2 frames)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0188)



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1973
Collage on paper
21 x 47.5 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0174)



Pavel Büchler
'Rembrandt van Gervex', 1980
Collage on museum board
35 x 31 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0178)



Pavel Büchler
'Eugen Ingres', 1980
Collage on museum board
35 x 31 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0179)



Pavel Büchler
'Avec Hilarie-Germain Edgar Degas', 1980
Collage on museum board
35 x 31 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0180)



Pavel Büchler
'Untitled (Clouds)', 1980
Three collages on museum board
28.5 x 71 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0183)



Pavel Büchler
'Untitled (Clouds)', 1980
Two collages on museum board
29 x 56 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0184)



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1972
Collage
36 x 29 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0168)



Pavel Büchler
'Untitled (Zatiší s japonským dřevorytem)', 1972
Collage
28.5 x 24 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0171)



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1973
Collage
31.5 x 27 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0173)



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1972
Two collages
31 x 28 cm each (frames)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0166)



Pavel Büchler
'Untitled (Jean d'Arc)', 1972
Collage
29.5 x 27.5 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0169)



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1973
Collage
34.5 x 25 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0172)



Pavel Büchler
Untitled, 1972-73
Collage
32 x 21 cm (frame)
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0170)



Pavel Büchler
'Engagements (Julia Margaret Cameron Diary 1990)', 1990
Spiral bound engagements diary with 43 collages/drawings
20 x 14 cm
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0200)



Pavel Büchler
'Engagements (Classical Art and Design calendar 1992)', 1992
Spiral bound engagements diary with 53 collages/drawings
21.5 x 16 cm
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0201)



Pavel Büchler
'Engagements (Concept and Construction: Frank Lloyd Wright calendar 1993)', 1993
Spiral bound engagements diary with 54 collages/drawings
21.5 x 16 cm
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0202)



Pavel Büchler
'Engagements (Film diary 1991)', 1991
Spiral bound engagements diary with 43 collages/drawings
20 x 22 cm
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0203)



Pavel Büchler
'Great Germans', 1995
Spiral bound engagements diary with 53 collages
19.5 x 20.5 cm
Unique
(BÜCHLER-2014-0204)