To Dream, to Collect


Daniele Buetti

1955 Fribourg, Switzerland

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Buetti’s concern for the "comedie humaine", the metaphor of proliferating growth as evil and light as savior, naturally leads to an interest in metaphysical powers and beliefs, and the attempt to visually transcend the rift between reality and appearances. Religious symbols and spiritual powers offer the illusion of healing with the innocence of a child. Buetti’s language is totally genuine and credible: he ingeniously delights in everything bright and beautiful, and suffers physically from the dark side of life, taking catchwords such as the sublime and the cruel, anxiety and loneliness, but also love and desire most literally.

In 2008, he creates a psychic and physical space under the ambivalent title Maybe You Can Be One of Us (Recklinghausen). The intervention takes up all three levels of the Kunsthalle, a former railway-station bunker. Both lower levels are threateningly empty; the atmosphere is loaded with an echo of the sound of some machine, together with the intermittent noise of what could be interpreted as gunshots.

Erratic black balls menacingly come bouncing down the stairs, creating a pattern of black marks on the walls, the thudding echo of which is more and more discernable, the higher we get in the building. On the third floor, we then discover the machinery that is at the source of our discomfort: five ball catapults, in a random set-up. Even though we identify the machines as harmless compared with our growing apprehensions, they are still physically dangerous due to the speed of the balls. The installation is charged with the violent aggression daily served up to us by the media; the person, who enters the space has no choice but to reflect on the emotional effect of the experience.


ArsFutura Galerie, Zurich / B&D Studio Contemporaneo, Milan
Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels* / Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart / Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg
Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg* / Helmhaus, Zürich, Zurich* / Galerie arsFutura, Zurich / Passanten Foundation, Tilburg
FRAC, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Marseille* / Museum Henie Onstad, Oslo* / Galerie arsFutura, Zurich / Espai Lucas, Valencia / Galerie Eugen Lendl, Graz
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg / Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart / Kunstraum, Innsbruck / Galeria Distrito 4, Madrid
Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels / Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney / Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna
Galerie Bernhard Knaus, Frankfurt/Main / Wolfsberg Art Forum, Wolfsberg / Galerie der Stadt Wels
Swiss Institute for Contemporary Art, New York* / Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen* / Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr* / Haunch of Venison Gallery, Zurich / The Columns Gallery, Seoul
Galerie Ernst Hilger, Wien
Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels
Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt/ Main
Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
HilgerContemporary, Wien
Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt
Daniele Buetti - Hey, What Does Idk Mean? - Hilger NEXT, Wien
Daniele Buetti - FELDBUSCHWIESNER, Berlin
Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt
Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich
Galerie Ernst Hilger, Wien


Daniele Buetti. Die Dinge. Das Denken, Galerie Wiensowski & Harbord, Berlin / Galerie Vincenz Sala, Berlin 1990 (text: Helen Adkins)
Daniele Buetti. Aura ist wie Echo, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 1992 (texts: Helen Adkins, Frank Barth)
A man is his job. Daniele Buetti, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Schöppingen 1994 (texts: Marius Babias, Christoph Doswald, Sabine M. Schmidt)
Daniele Buetti. Ultra, museumsakademie berlin, Berlin / espai Lucas, Valencia, Valencia 1997 (text: Christoph Doswald)
Daniele Buetti. Be my guide poppy star, Damasquine Art Gallery, Brussels 1998 (text: Denis Gielen)
Daniele Buetti. Never enough of you, Damasquine Art Gallery, Brussels / Kunstverein Ulm, Ulm 1998 (texts: Christoph Doswald, Denis Gielen, Friederike Kitschen)
Daniele Buetti. Dreams result in more dreams, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels / Galerie arsFutura, Zurich / Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg / Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart / B & D Studio Contemporanea, Milan, 2002 (text: Juri Steiner)
Daniele Buetti, Kunstverein Freiburg, Helmhaus Zürich, FRAC Marseille, (Hatje Cantz Verlag), Ostfildern 2003 (texts: Christoph Doswald, Simon Maurer, Dorothea Strauss)
Daniele Buetti. Will beauty save the world?, Museum Henie Onstadt, Oslo 2004 (text: Selene Wendt)
Daniele Buetti et al. Late Shift. Kunst als symbolisches Terrain, Puls 5, Zurich 2006
Daniele Buetti. Maybe You Can Be One of Us, Swiss Institute for Contemporary Art, New York, Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen (Hatje Cantz Verlag), Ostfildern 2008 (texts: Jacqueline Burkhardt, Beate Ermacora, Gianni Jetzer, Ferdinand Ullrich, David Velasco)

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