„Interrelation of Forms...“
…was the title of an exclusive exhibition of the painter Batuz which took place in 1978 in the Philips Collection in Washington, D.C., the first Museum for Modern Art that was founded in the U.S.A.
What is involved is purely a visual problem with which the artist has concerned himself for many years systematically and consistently: the relationship between two forms. The title of the most representative work of this exhibition was “Correspondence”.
During the past decades Batuz has shown us with great tenacity how on a plane the two forms retain their independence, attack each other or switch to a defensive position, arriving in the end at a satisfying truce. That is to say: When the proportion of forces is balanced, the composition has suceeded.
This abstract artistic idea, inaugurated in the early 1960s, was expanded by Batuz with the “Société Imaginaire” which he founded 20 years later.
The “Société Imaginaire” transfers the “Interrelation of Forms” to the interrelation between regions and illustrates the idea with people of distant cultures, different age groups, of all professions and social strata coming together in a vast variety of personal encounters. The project “Correspondence” makes it possible for them to stay in touch over a long period of time.
How those two ways are so apparently different from each other, are united in the later work of the artist, we can see in the Frontier Project where the abstract idea finds its concrete application and explains itself.
Prof. Dr. Dieter Ronte