Michael Buthe (1944-1994) was already a legend in his lifetime. The Orient, its people and spirituality had a formative influence on Buthe's work and life. Cologne and Marrakesh were the two poles between which the artist moved. Ingvild Goetz got to know Buthe in Cologne in the nineteen-seventies, became friends with him, and followed his work until his early death. After Minimalist-Conceptual beginnings in the late nineteen-sixties, he radically changed his way of working in the nineteen-seventies and created large-format works of intensive and entrancing colorfulness. Not only does this publication now trace the development of his work for the first time, numerous photographs from private albums, as well as vivid stories by his collector-friend Ingvild Goetz, and other companions, reveal hitherto unknown sides of this exceptional artist.