Museum Folkwang
When love is wrong I don't want to be right
  • Michael Buthe
  • When love is wrong I don't want to be right, 1980

  • U-matic on DVD, Colour, Tone, 18'12
  • Videostudio Folkwang, Essen
  • CommentaryMichael Buthe first travelled to Morocco in 1970, a somewhat incidental choice of country that was to have a far-reaching impact on the development of his artistic work. Deeply impressed by the country’s culture, he repeatedly went back, bought a house in Marrakech and delved into the mysticism of Sufism and the myths of the various ethnic groups. Unlike Orientalist painters, Michael Buthe sought to participate in the life of the residents and to understand their culture. He took part in moussem, holy festivals, learned how to dye fabrics in Marrakech and read the intoxicating poetry of the Persian poet Rumi.
    The fairy-tale and magical elements of Buthe’s work came to bear the most in his installations and stagings. In his installation ›Hommage an die Sonne‹ (Homage to the Sun) at the Documenta in 1972 he designed a fantastic world of »individual mythologies« in a tent. The fact that he included the cliché-laden reception of the Orient in his cosmos with irony was evident in the environment ›Eine Reise in den Orient‹ (A Journey to the Orient, 1973) (Galerie Oppenheim).
    Udo Kier, a close friend of the artist, appeared in the latter’s stagings in the late 1970s as a performer in imaginative costumes. Following Buthe’s exhibition in Essen in 1980 he and Manfred Werle worked in the Museum Folkwang video studio on the film that had previously been shot in the artist’s atelier.
    Udo Kier leafs in front of the camera through a large book containing collages by Buthe, while ritual Moroccan songs send him into a state of trance.
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    Photo: Museum Folkwang
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Artists

Michael Buthe first travelled to Morocco in 1970, a somewhat incidental choice of country that was to have a far-reaching impact on the development of his artistic work. Deeply impressed by the country’s culture, he repeatedly went back, bought a house in Marrakech and delved into the mysticism of Sufism and the myths of the various ethnic groups. Unlike Orientalist painters, Michael Buthe sought to participate in the life of the residents and to understand their culture. He took part in moussem, holy festivals, learned how to dye fabrics in Marrakech and read the intoxicating poetry of the Persian poet Rumi.
The fairy-tale and magical elements of Buthe’s work came to bear the most in his installations and stagings. In his installation ›Hommage an die Sonne‹ (Homage to the Sun) at the Documenta in 1972 he designed a fantastic world of »individual mythologies« in a tent. The fact that he included the cliché-laden reception of the Orient in his cosmos with irony was evident in the environment ›Eine Reise in den Orient‹ (A Journey to the Orient, 1973) (Galerie Oppenheim).
Udo Kier, a close friend of the artist, appeared in the latter’s stagings in the late 1970s as a performer in imaginative costumes. Following Buthe’s exhibition in Essen in 1980 he and Manfred Werle worked in the Museum Folkwang video studio on the film that had previously been shot in the artist’s atelier.
Udo Kier leafs in front of the camera through a large book containing collages by Buthe, while ritual Moroccan songs send him into a state of trance.