Thomas Schütte

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Thomas Schütte
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Thomas Schütte & Bart Cassiman (left) in 2017
Born (1954-11-16) November 16, 1954 (age 64)
Education Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
Known for Sculpture

Thomas Schütte (born November 16, 1954) is a German contemporary artist. He sculpts, creates architectural designs, and draws. He lives and works in Düsseldorf.



From 1973 to 1981 Schütte studied art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf alongside Katharina Fritsch under Gerhard Richter, Fritz Schwegler, Daniel Buren and Benjamin Buchloh. [1]

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf art school in Düsseldorf, Germany

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Katharina Fritsch German sculptor

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Gerhard Richter German visual artist

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Kirschensaule (Cherry Column) at Skulptur Projekte Munster KirscheSkulptur2.jpg
Kirschensäule (Cherry Column) at Skulptur Projekte Münster
Die Fremden (The Strangers) for documenta IX Documenta IX Thomas Schutte links.jpg
Die Fremden (The Strangers) for documenta IX

Schütte had his first US solo show in New York at Marian Goodman Gallery in 1989. [2]

In 2007 he made Model for a Hotel, an architectural model of a 21-storey building made from horizontal panes of yellow, blue and red glass and weighing more than eight tonnes, for the Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square. [3]

The Fourth plinth is the northwest plinth in Trafalgar Square in central London. It was originally intended to hold an equestrian statue of William IV, but remained bare due to insufficient funds. For over 150 years the fate of the plinth was debated; in 1998, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) commissioned three contemporary sculptures to be displayed temporarily on the plinth. Shortly afterwards, Chris Smith, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, commissioned Sir John Mortimer to seek opinions from public art commissioners, critics and members of the public as to the future of the plinth.

Trafalgar Square Public space and tourist attraction in central London

Trafalgar Square is a public square in the City of Westminster, Central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars over France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar.

Schütte had one-man shows at venues including the Serpentine Galleries, London (2012); [4] Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (2003) (later travelled to the Museum of Grenoble and K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf [5] ); Folkwang Museum, Essen (2002); Sammlung Goetz, Munich (2001); a survey in three parts at Dia Art Foundation, New York (1998-2000); Serralves Foundation, Portugal (1998); De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, (1998); Kunsthalle, Hamburg (1994); ARC Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1990); as well as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Eindhoven, (1990). [6] His monumental sculpture "Vater Staat" was displayed at Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany in 2013. [7]

Serpentine Galleries Art gallery in Hyde Park, London

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Kunstmuseum Winterthur Art museum in Winterthur, Switzerland

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Schütte participated in documenta in Kassel three times; in 2005, he was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the Venice Biennial.

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Schütte's work is held in the collections of the Tate, [8] the Clark Art Institute, [9] MoMA, [10] and the Art Institute of Chicago. [11] [12]

Tate art institution in the United Kingdom

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Clark Art Institute Art Museum and Research Institute in Williamstown, MA

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Museum of Modern Art Art museum in New York, N.Y.

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Schütte has received numerous awards, including the Kurt Schwitters Preis für Bildende Kunst der Niedersächsischen Sparkassenstiftung, 1998, and the Kunstpreis der Stadt Wolfsburg, Germany, 1996. [13] In 2005, he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for his work in María de Corral's exhibition "The Experience of Art". [14] He was awarded the Düsseldorf Prize in 2010, previously given to Bruce Nauman, Marlene Dumas, and Rosemarie Trockel.

Art market

A cast aluminum sculpture by Schütte, Großer Geist No. 16 (2002), an eight-foot-tall sculpture of a ghostly figure, sold for $4.1 million at Phillips de Pury & Company in 2010. [15] Großer Geist Nr. 6 (1996), a bronze figure with green patina, fetched $5.3 million at Christie's New York in 2014. [16]

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  1. Quinn Latimer (October 2009), Thomas Schütte, Haus der Kunst Frieze Magazine, Issue 26.
  2. Michael Brenson (March 17, 1989), A Show's Instructive Provocation New York Times .
  3. Searle, Adrian (November 8, 2007). "Thomas Schütte's on creating a new sculpture for Trafalgar Square" . Retrieved September 22, 2019 via
  4. "Thomas Schütte: Faces & Figures". Serpentine Galleries. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  5. Adrian Searle (27 July 2004), Is that allowed? The Guardian .
  6. Thomas Schütte: One Man Houses, May 12 - July 2, 2005 Marian Goodman, New York.
  7. Reich ohne Mitte, Thomas Schuette und Danh Vo, August 5 - October 6, 2013 Kunsthalle Mainz.
  8. "Thomas Schütte born 1954". Tate. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  10. "The Collection | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  11. "Discover Art & Artists". The Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  12. Rahn, Katie, Recent installation "Vater Staat" by Thomas Schütte, May 4, 2011. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  13. Thomas Schütte, May 15 - June 28, 2003 Marian Goodman, New York.
  14. Roderick Conway Morris (June 14, 2005), Pushing boundaries at Venice Biennale New York Times .
  15. Carol Vogel (November 8, 2010), Records Fall at Auction of Contemporary Masters New York Times .
  16. Thomas Schütte, Großer Geist Nr. 6 (1996) Christie's New York, 12 May 2014.

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