Haus Beutler
by Michael Beutler
Haus Beutler by Michael Beutler, exhibition view, La Loge, Brussels 2014 - image: Courtesy of La Loge and the artist

Saturday 18 October 2014
18:00 to 21:00 

Michael Beutler has become known internationally for his extensive bricolage installations.
From October 18, 2014 onwards, La Loge is devoting a comprehensive survey exhibition to the artist´s œuvre. In line with the exhibition’s title »Haus Beutler« (»The Beutler House«), Michael Beutler will array La Loge’s entire exhibition space, while playfully respond to its iconic architecture. Beutler’s exhibition at La Loge follows his exhibition at the Bielefelder Kunsteverein.

Both projects mark an important step for the artist, one that allows him to jointly experiment the retrospective format and further develop his work within the context of strong house-scale architectures. 

Beutler’s solo exhibition is offering an insight into the various contexts and development processes of his projects since 2002. He has developed the exhibition’s architecture especially for La Loge and complements it with some new installations. Additionally, the artist presents models, studies in materials, photo and video documentations as well as drawings of earlier projects.

In his works, Beutler reacts primarily to the social and architectural structures of the respective exhibition situation, which is used as a site for production and presentation at one and the same time. To produce the modules for his installations, he first builds his own tools or »proto-machines«. They are used to process industrially-fabricated materials like paper, metal, wood or plastics. As his work takes shape, the artist repeatedly involves third parties in the working process too. This state of temporary uncertainty and processual development are understood by him as productive components in his work.

With this exhibition at La Loge, Michael Beutler will be re-interrogating his way of working and the development of his installations. Through examples of current and completed projects, the exhibition will enable viewers to understand the particular situation, the specific development and the choice of materials. In this process, it is the exhibition of contemporary sculpture, the possibilities of artistic documentation and the communication of ephemeral projects that themselves become the topic of a unique presentation.

Curators: Anne-Claire Schmitz and Thomas Thiel
Haus Beutler was commissioned and first presented between May 10 and July 27, 2014 by Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany.

About the artist
Michael Beutler, born in Oldenburg in 1976, lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule (Frankfurt am Main) and at the Glasgow School of Art (UK). Numerous solo exhibitions have featured this artist, among others at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel (CH) (2014), the Centre d´Art Contemporain Saint-Nazaire (2013), the Karlsruhe ZKM | Centre for Art and Media (2012) and the Kunsthalle Lingen (2011). In recent times, Beutler has also participated in group exhibitions in the Museé d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (FR), the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (RC) (both 2013), the Lucerne Museum of Art (CH) (2012) and the Singapore Biennale (2011). In 2015, Michael Beutler will develop a new large-scale project at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin. 

Please note, La Loge will be closed for holidays on:
- 25-26-27 December 2014
- 1 January 2015