Michael Beutler was born in Oldenburg, Germany, in 1976 and studied at the Städelschule Frankfurt (1997-2003) and Glasgow School of Art (2000-2001).
He has exhibited his artworks in numerous locations, and some of his most recent solo shows include: Galerie Bärbel Grässlin of Frankfurt (2010), 7×14 at the Staatliche Kunsthalle di Baden-Baden and Fortino #1(2009), the Brodbeck Foundation for Contemporary Art, Catania, the Bonniers Konsthall of Stockholm (2008), and the Museumsstraße Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2005). He has also presented his work in Naples at PAN (2008), Portikus, Frankfurt, Museum Folkwang in Essen, and Witte de With in Rotterdam. He has participated in many art biennials such as Venice (2010), Berlin and Moscow (2005), and Gwanju (2006), and in 2011 he was at the Singapore Biennale Open House and in Material World, Mass MOCA, Massachusetts, USA.
For Beutler, the given exhibition space is always the point of departure for the elaboration of his artistic project. The artist analyses forms, functions and materials that make up the space to then create architectural details, which transform the viewer into player in a process of reconversion. In this very process of transforming a place, the artist at times also uses “machines” (which he makes himself) with the twofold function of artwork and tool for making art works.