Thomas Reichstein

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Thomas Reichstein
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Thomas Reichstein in Bangkok
Born24 November 1960 (1960-11-24) (age 58)
Halle/Saale, Germany
OccupationA German sculptor and artist

Thomas Reichstein (born 24 November 1960) is a German sculptor.



Thomas Reichstein was born in Halle/Saale. Starting as a gardener, he studied landscape architecture at the university in Dresden TU in Dresden from 1982 till 1984. After this he studied fine arts in the sculptor section of the art school in Dresden Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden. [1] His teacher was professor Klaus Schwabe. He got his diploma in 1990.

Landscape architecture design of outdoor public areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioral, or aesthetic outcomes

Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioural, or aesthetic outcomes. It involves the systematic investigation of existing social, ecological, and soil conditions and processes in the landscape, and the design of interventions that will produce the desired outcome. The scope of the profession includes landscape design; site planning; stormwater management; erosion control; environmental restoration; parks and recreation planning; visual resource management; green infrastructure planning and provision; and private estate and residence landscape master planning and design; all at varying scales of design, planning and management. A practitioner in the profession of landscape architecture is called a landscape architect.

Dresden Place in Saxony, Germany

Dresden is the capital city of the German state of Saxony, and with around 550,000 inhabitants, it is the state's second most populous city after Leipzig. It is the 12th most populous city of Germany, the fourth largest by area after Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne, as well as the third most populous city in the area of former East Germany, after (East) Berlin and Leipzig. Dresden is contiguous with Freital, Pirna, Radebeul, Meissen and Coswig, and its urban area has around 780,000 inhabitants, making it the largest in Saxony.

He became a freelance sculptor in Dresden. From 1992 until 1997 he went to Ghana for three months every year to a brass casting village near Kumasi. Applying the lost wax technique, he produced small abstract and ornamental figures. These objects made him well known in Saxony.

Kumasi City in Ashanti, Ghana

Kumasi is a city in Ashanti Region, and is among the largest metropolitan areas in Ghana. Kumasi is near Lake Bosomtwe, in a rain forest region, and is the commercial, industrial and cultural capital of Asanteman. Kumasi is approximately 500 kilometres (300 mi) north of the Equator and 200 kilometres (100 mi) north of the Gulf of Guinea. Kumasi is alternatively known as "The Garden City" because of its many beautiful species of flowers and plants. It is also called Oseikrom. The second largest city in Ghana after the capital Accra, Kumasi known as Ghana's second city.

In 1995 he started a workshop with the woodcarvers in Neuireland, an island of Papua. He learned to carve mangrove wood in the Malanggan style. One year later he went to Oro province in Papua. He made tapa cloth from the bark of a tropical mulberry tree. With this material and rattan sticks from Vietnam he created his Rattan-Tapa sculptures. He showed them for the first time in the ethnographic museum in Dresden.

Papua New Guinea Constitutional monarchy in Oceania

Papua New Guinea, officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea is a country in Oceania that occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore islands in Melanesia, a region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean north of Australia. Its capital, located along its southeastern coast, is Port Moresby. The western half of New Guinea forms the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. It is the world's 3rd largest island country with 462,840 km2 (178,700 sq mi).

Mangrove A shrub or small tree that grows in coastal saline or brackish water

A mangrove is a shrub or small tree that grows in coastal saline or brackish water. The term is also used for tropical coastal vegetation consisting of such species. Mangroves occur worldwide in the tropics and subtropics, mainly between latitudes 25° N and 25° S. The total mangrove forest area of the world in 2000 was 137,800 square kilometres (53,200 sq mi), spanning 118 countries and territories.

As a result Thomas Reichstein developed a special type of rattan bark cloth – sculptures. In 1997 he won a competition for the Semperoper Dresden for a yearly given award-sculpture. His idea impressed the jury with the balance of abstraction and reality. Thus he found the successful relation to music, singing and dancing the basic elements of the opera in an equal manner. Since then Reichstein received further orders for price-sculptures from politics and economy (e.g. Dresdner marketing price, MTM Award). From 1 January 1998 to 31 December 1998 taught Thomas Reichstein in the Saxon stonemason school in Demitz – Thumitz. He developed the stonework there specific technical basics of design and taught inter alia freehand drawing, sketching and modeling to nature. Since 1999, Thomas Reichstein operates several months a year in a Buddhafoundry in Ban Pong in Thailand. From 1999 to 2005 he created here a rich series of abstract sculptures. Since 2006 he worked there with the German artist Doreen Wolff and since 2010 even with Catrin Große.

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Red Pacific with red lacquer on alloy

Since 2006 he started to develop a big quantity of human figures.

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Mother and child after L.Cranach the elder

Since 2006, Thomas Reichstein used again reinforces the human figure to. So he created, for example, in 2009 a group of Nereids – the nymphs from the Mediterranean sea, inspired by classical Greek models from the British Museum in London. Figure table image

Thomas Reichstein was 2000–2012 Chairman of the Saxon artists association and 1997–2012 board member of the Federal Dresden artists. 2005 he was Member of the Board of the Association of Visual Artists (BBK) of Germany. Since 2012, Thomas Reichstein is the CEO of the New Saxon Art Association. Thomas Reichstein is father of four children.

In 2006, Thomas Reichstein wins with a digression into the world of geometry. He designed from Platonic, Archimedean and Catalan bodies a Polyeder-Circlesculpture and thus achieves a competition of Saxony for a study academy first place.

The first prize of a competition of Jena gets Reichstein in 2007 for his sculpture "Big Fish" and " Saalewave". These are very directly involved in the redesign of the promenade along the river Saale in Jena. They are especially designed with a safety ground on touching. The overall project receives in 2009 the Thuringian landscape architecture award.

Since 2010, Thomas Reichstein begins a new convolute from life-sized bronze figures, which has grown by 2013 to 25 works. These develop from creations in statuesque appeal to Lucas Cranach the Elder, to freely moving, dance and expressive representations.

Lucas Cranach the Elder 16th-century German Renaissance painter and printmaker

Lucas Cranach the Elder was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving. He was court painter to the Electors of Saxony for most of his career, and is known for his portraits, both of German princes and those of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, whose cause he embraced with enthusiasm. He was a close friend of Martin Luther. Cranach also painted religious subjects, first in the Catholic tradition, and later trying to find new ways of conveying Lutheran religious concerns in art. He continued throughout his career to paint nude subjects drawn from mythology and religion.

Since first May operates Thomas Reichstein with the painter and sculptor Doreen Wolff, a co-operative gallery in the city center of Dresden, 20 Schlossstrasse, Castle Street in which they show only their own works of art.

Working stays in foreign countries




  1., webside of the artschool in Dresden
  2. Thomas Reichstein: Als Bildhauer bei Malanggan-Schnitzern auf Neuirland. In: Kleine Beiträge aus dem Staatlichen Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden. 15/1996, Abgerufen am 23. September 2013.
  3. Christin Grothaus. "Die etwas anderen Botschaftsgäste in Thailand". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  4. Ausstellung: Skulpturen von Thomas Reichstein at the Wayback Machine (archive index), sü
  5. ALBERTINUM Retrospektive „Der Bildhauer Thomas Reichstein“ at the Wayback Machine (archived 29 April 2016), Picasa-Galerie
  6. Unendlich (Andaman – Pantha Rei), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
  7. Ausstellungsrückblick der Galerie Sybille Nütt
  8. Thomas Reichstein / Hans Staudacher: 11.01.2006 – 18.02.2006,
  9. Ausstellungen,
  10. "19.6. – 13.8.2011 Karl Oppermann und Thomas Reichstein". Kunstverein Worpswede. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  11. Ausstellung Skulpturen von Thomas Reichstein aus Dresden, Gemeinde Laas
  12. Thomas Reichstein zeigt seine Skulpturen in der Alten Wache, 8. September 2011 at the Wayback Machine (archive index)
  13. "Doreen Wolff und Thomas Reichstein: Paar-a-dox". Galerie in der Landesdirektion. 12 October 2012. Archived from the original on 4 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  14. "Neue Ausstellung von Doreen Wolff und Thomas Reichstein im Stadtarchiv". (in German). Landeshauptstadt Dresden. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  15. "Faszinierende Plastiken fremder Kulturen von Thomas Reichstein". Deutschland today . 30 October 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  16. "Kunstprojekt auf Sylt: Skulpturen, inspiriert von Gret Palucca". Sylter Rundschau . 21 November 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2016.

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