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Thomas Schütte

Born in 1954, in Oldenbourg (Germany)

Lives and works in Dusseldorf (Germany)

Thomas Schütte creates many different types of work in his personal and uncategorisable “repertoire”, in the theatrical sense.

Influenced by the teaching of Gerhard Richter, he moved away from the dominant minimal and conceptual forms to find an original way of translating his thoughts on representing the power and social responsibility of art in architectural models designed to be “models for thinking”. The idea of the monument is central. In the 1980s, to indicate the scale of his models and installations, he began incorporating figures, which are indissociable from this political investment in space. The use of traditional techniques and materials such as clay, wax, ceramic, steel and bronze is accompanied by a re-examination of classical figurative themes: female nudes, standing figures. Schütte’s work takes on a more peaceful expression in his engravings, watercolours of flowers and portraits, some very personal. The questioning of scale, which stems from the monument, remains in his representation of people, who are larger than life, distant and self-absorbed.

Selected Bibliography

O'Brien, Sophie. Thomas Schütte : faces & figures : [exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, London, 25 September - 18 November 2012 ; Fondation Beyeler, October 2013]. London : Serpentine Gallery : Koenig Books, 2013. 

Schütte, Thomas ; Cooke, Lynne ; Mehring, Christine... [et al.]. Thomas Schütte : hindsight : [Published to accompany the exhibition held at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 17 Feb.-17 May 2010]. Madrid : Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 2010. 

Schütte, Thomas ; Schwarz, Dieter. Thomas Schütte, 2003 Kreuzzug 2004 : [Austellung Kunstmuseum Winterthur 7. Juni - 24. August 2003 ; Musée de Grenoble 24. Oktober 2003 - 25. Januar 2004 ; K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf 3. April - 7. August 2004]. Winterthur : Kunstmuseum, 2003. 

Heynen, Julian ; Lingwood, James ; Vettese, Angela. Thomas Schütte. London : Phaidon, 1998. 

Loock, Ulrich. Thomas Schütte : [exposition], Kunsthalle Bern, [27 janvier - 11 mars 1990] ; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, [4 mai - 24 juin 1990] ; Stedelijk van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, [October 20 - December 2, 1990]. Berne : Kunsthalle, 1990. 

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