Are you talking to me?
Are you talking to me?
Are you talking to me?
Are you talking to me?
Are you talking to me?
Are you talking to me?
Are you talking to me?
Are you talking to me?
29.11.2018 - 26.01.2019
Opening November 29, 7 pm

We are pleased to announce the solo exhibition of the Swiss artist Daniele Buetti. Shown are works of the new series "Don´t talk to me".
In the middle of the portrait - nothing. No, an empty room. Daniele Buetti has cut out the face and inserted a mirror surface. If we stood in front of it, we would be reflected in it. "Do not talk to me", the faceless nature rules us. No, it's not about dialogue. Not a verbal exchange between two persons, whose faces reflect the statements of the other person. Instead, we look at ourselves.
Let's face it, with what eagerness and excess today smartphones are drawn and selfies are snapped, we realize: We live in a thoroughly narcissistic age. Or, to use a term of the sociologist Andreas Reckwitz, in a time of "singularization" of all possible life decisions. We are driven by the constant need to make one's life as something special. All around we meet with outrageous self-centeredness, self-realization and self-marketing - and are themselves trapped in it. Uncounted times a day, we deliberately or unwillingly take a look into the mirror - at home, in the elevator, in front of reflecting facades or in the glasses of our counterpart. In the past, the mirrors were used for the mirrors, today they are no longer attached to anything improper or uncanny.
Are we all self-optimizers and narcissists? What distinguishes these? Buetti's faceless portraits raise a number of questions: they also allow us to think about sociological aspects as well as aesthetic and art-historical themes: were paintings over millennia holy pictures or windows that opened the view into another spiritual space, then what are pictures today? Mirror? And what do we see, if not our own Reflection?

Text: Claudia Jolles, Kunst Bulletin

Daniele Buetti was born in 1955 in Friborg, Switzerland and lives and works in Zurich. Since 2004 he is a professor at the Kunstakademie Münster. His works are in prestigious international private, corporate and museum collections.

Exhibited works

You & Me
You & Me, 2018
aw, 2018
Black Mountain
Black Mountain, 2018
Black Mountain
Black Mountain, 2018
Black Pizza
Black Pizza, 2018
ck, 2018
db, 2018
db-2, 2018
dh, 2018
ep, 2018
Exercise in Futility
Exercise in Futility, 2018
Exercise in Futility
Exercise in Futility, 2018
gj, 2018
Help!, 2018
jmb, 2018
km 2
km 2, 2018
ma, 2018
Metallic Sea
Metallic Sea, 2018
mj, 2018
pd, 2018
rc, 2018
rd, 2018
sc, 2017
The Failure and the Fall
The Failure and the Fall, 2018
The girl and the Bird
The girl and the Bird, 2018

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