Pavel Büchler (born 1952 in Prague; lives and works in Manchester) belongs to the generation that entered the art scene in the 1970s and was active in Czechoslovakia outside the official sphere. In 1981 Büchler emigrated to England. Since the beginning of his artistic practice, he has been concerned with the dematerialization of art and the conceptual work with text, e.g., by intervening in books and exploring the limits of language, which has resulted in an increasingly sophisticated form of his literary practice. In the late 1980s, he taught at the Slade School of Fine Art in London; in 1997 he became the head of the fine art department at the Glasgow School of Art. In 1997 he was appointed Professor of Fine Art at the Manchester Metropolitan University, where he actively taught until 2016 and now is Emeritus Professor.
Büchler’s work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions, e.g., at the Moravian Gallery in Brno (2021), Galerie PCP in Paris (2018), the Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis in Bregenz (2014), as well as group exhibitions, e.g., at the National Gallery Prague (2019–2020), the Fondazione Prada in Milan (2018), the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice (2016), Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (2015) and the Tinguely Museum in Basel (2010).