Thomas Schutte - portrait

Thomas Schutte /   Thomas Schütte

Germany 1954


Thomas Schutte
Thomas Schütte
March 23, 2017
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Thomas Schütte is a German sculptor and draughtsman born in 1954 in Oldenburg, Germany. He attended the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf (1973 – 1981), where he studied alongside Fritz Schwegler and Gerhard Richter. Although he is one of the leading sculptors of our time, he also works across media in watercolor, and drawings that are of the diaristic form, and are often presented in books. His early work consists of simple architectural models that suggest both ideal and quotidian living environments that draw attention to the social engineering involved in post-war reconstruction. Instead of taking on a role of an influential artist who is also a social leader, dictated by Joseph Beuys, Thomas takes a detached view of contemporary life, which is quite often humorous. His work has often been characterized as non-developmental.

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Thomas Schütte – Installation – photo via

Grotesque or Realistic

A preoccupation with figuration and human conditions became increasingly evident throughout the 1980s and 90s. At the core of Thomas’ work is the human being. It takes many forms, sometimes it is grotesque, sometimes realistic, or even a self-portrait, or a portrait of a member of his family. But it is always a person that the viewer confronts. Thomas likes the concept of faces who become drawings or figures, emphasizing the difference in approach. Watercolors are very personal for him, and they give many options on enriching the face and its expression. But what Thomas likes the most is working with the material. Unlike the modern workings of people’s brain, like in marketing and advertisement, he likes to work on the face and figure. The artist underlines the importance of both successful and failed tries, which together form a process and not just a product. Somehow, Thomas manages to undermine the form, he gives it a twist. His sculptures reinvent all the rules of facial feature composition, and these weird-looking humans just stand there looking at us.

The human face Thomas creates is often grotesque

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Thomas Schütte – Basler Maske, 2014 – photo Nic Tenwiggenhorn

Thomas’ Legacy and Foundation

Schütte’s works have been exhibited at museums and galleries around the world, such as the National Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. During the 1990s, he created a variety of large-scale public sculptures, such as Large Ghosts(1996), a set of three figures that appear simultaneously robotic and corporeal. More recently, in the late 1990s and 2000s, Schütte began creating other sculptural works, including a series of large, three-dimensional, free-standing heads, as well as a collection of One Man Houses, which are small, detailed architectural models of a modern home. One of his latest exhibitions revolves around a red bronze head. His latest architectural display, opened in 2016, is his own private museum, near Düsseldorf. A very distinctive concrete building with wooden slatting and a convex overhanging roof. The Museum is closed for alterations until April 20th, 2017. Thomas doesn’t want to burden his children with his colossal sculptures, after his death, since storing them would be rather expensive. A building that he designed lets him exhibit his sculptures, and store them underground.

Thomas Schütte currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Featured image: Thomas Schütte – portrait(detail), photo via glasstress

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014 Kunsthalle Vogelmann Städtische Museen Heilbronn Heilbronn GermanyGroup
2014Schöne Grüßeme collectors room Berlin , Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013Frauen Sara Hildén Museum Tampere, Finland Solo
2013UntitledFondation Beyeler Riehen Switzerland Solo
2013Houses Kunstmuseum Luzern LuzernSolo
2012–2013Thomas Schütte: with Tears in My EarsJarla Partilager BerlinSolo
2012UntitledFrith Street London GB Solo
2012Thomas Schütte Houses NMNM Nouveau Musée National de Monaco Monte Carlo Solo
2012Woodcuts 2011 Galerie Nelson-Freeman ParisSolo
2012Peter Freeman Inc. New York US Solo
2012In the Spirit of WalserThomas schütte Donald Young Gallery ChicagoSolo
2012 Castello di Rivoli Torino Italy Solo
2012 Faces & Figures Serpentine Gallery London GB Solo
2012Middelheim Museum Opening Antwerp Belgium Solo
2011 Francois Pinault Foundation Venice ItalyGroup
2011In Praise of Doubt Punta della Dogana – Francois Pinault Foundation Venice ItalyGroup
2011Tomatensalat ph-projects Berlin Germany Solo
2011Grosse Geister Kunstplatz Graben - Kunst Im Öffentlichen Raum Wien Kunsthalle Wien ViennaGroup
2011KölnSkulptur #6 Skulpturenpark Köln Cologne GermanyGroup
2011Mit Feuer und Flamme - Keramk in der Gegenwartskunst Museum Villa Rot Burgrieden-Rot GermanyGroup
2011Ostalgia New Museum New York USGroup
2011Architektonika Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin GermanyGroup
2011Heinz und Marianne Ebers-Stiftung-Eine Sammlung von Format Museum Haus Lange Krefeld GermanyGroup
2011Beziehungsarbeit - Kunst und Institution Künstlerhaus Wien Vienna AustriaGroup
2011Living Lousiana Museum Of Modern Art Humlebaek DenmarkGroup
2011Vollendet das ewige Werk.Sammlung Rheingold in Schloss Dyck 2011 Schloss Dyck Jüchen GermanyGroup
2010–2011 Von Carl Andre bis Gregor Schneider. Dorothee und Konrad Fischer: Archiv einer Haltung Museum Kurhaus Kleve Kleve GermanyGroup
2010–2011 Die Natur der Kunst. Begegnungen mit der Natur vom 19. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart Kunstmuseum Winterthur Winterthur SwitzerlandGroup
2010–2011 James Ensor - Hareng Saur: Ensor et l'art contemporain SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst Gent BelgiumGroup
2010–2011 Auswertung der Flugdaten K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Dusseldorf GermanyGroup
2010 Going International FLAG Art Foundation New York City USAGroup
2010The Good The Bad & the Ugly Cultuurcentrum Mechelen Mechelen BelgiumGroup
2010 Lebenslust und Totentanz Kunsthalle Krems Krems AustriaGroup
2010 Der Westen leuchtet Kunstmuseum Bonn Bonn GermanyGroup
2010HEAD The Approach London UKGroup
201011. Triennale Kleinplastik. Larger Than Life. Stranger Than Fiction Fellbach Germany Group
2010Aber Schwarz ist doch gar keine Farbe! Konrad Fischer Galerie Dusseldorf GermanyGroup
2010 Selected Works Skarstedt Gallery New York Solo
2010Thomas Schütte Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle Bonn Germany Solo
2010Thomas Schütte Skarstedt Fine Art New York City USA Solo
2010Big Buildings. Modelle und Ansichten Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Bonn Germany Solo
2010Thomas Schütte. Retrospección Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Madrid Spain Solo
2010 Thomas Schütte Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden Germany Solo
2010Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle Bonn Germany Group
2010 Silent Revolution – Eine neue Sammlungspräsentation Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus Dusseldorf GermanyGroup
2010Defending our values – Lightbox The Module Centro Cultural Andratx Mallorca SpainGroup
2010Meisterwerke der Moderne. Die Sammlung des Kunstmuseums Winterthur Mart Trento e Rovereto Italy Group
2010 MNCARS - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Madrid Spain Group
2009Art of Two Germanys Cold War Cultures 1945-1989 Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin Germanisches Nationalmuseum NurembergGroup
2009Gegen den Strich. 15 Jahre Sammlung des Kunstmuseums Wolfsburg Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg Germany Group
2009Abstraktion und Einfühlung – Albers Buthe Palermo und Schütte Deutsche Guggenheim BerlinGroup
2009time Galerie Konrad Fischer Dusseldorf GermanyGroup
200960 Jahre – 60 Werke – Kunst aus der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin GermanyGroup
2009 Gipfeltreffen der Moderne Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle Bonn GermanyGroup
2009 Thomas Schütte Galerie Pietro Spartà Chagny France Solo
2009Thomas Schütte – Radierungen Horst-Janssen-Museum Oldenburg Germany Solo
2009Thomas Schütte Haus der Kunst Munich Germany Solo
2008–2009 Heavy Metal Kunsthalle Kiel Kiel GermanyGroup
2008–2009 Made in Munich Haus der Kunst Munich GermanyGroup
2008 The Immediate Touch: German Austrian and Swiss Drawings from St. Louis Collections. 1946-2007 Saint Louis Art Museum Saint LouisGroup
2008Kavalierstart. Aufbruch in die Kunst der 80er Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen GermanyGroup
200855th Carnegie International: Life on Mars Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh USAGroup
2008Das frühe Werk Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein Vaduz Liechtenstein Solo
2007 Thomas Schütte Frith Street Gallery – Golden Square London UK Solo
2007 New Sculpture Galerie Nelson – Freeman Paris France Solo
2007 Makers and Modelers: Works in Ceramic Galdstone Gallery New York USAGroup
2007 skulptur projekte münster 07 Munster Germany Group
2007 The Present Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam NetherlandsGroup
2007 Rockers Island. Olbricht Collection Museum Folkwang Essen GermanyGroup
2007ARTEMPO Palazzo Fortuny Venice ItalyGroup
2007Die Kunst zu sammeln museum kunst palast Dusseldorf GermanyGroup
200725th Anniversary Galerie Nelson Paris FranceGroup
2006 The 80s: A Topology Museu Serralves Porto PortugalGroup
2006 The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes of Global Society Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo Sevilla SpainGroup
2006 ArchiSkulptur Fondation Beyeler Basel Switzerland; Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, SpainGroup
2006ArchiSkulptur Fondation Beyeler Basel CH; Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, SpainGroup
2006Of Mice and Men 4th Berlin Binnial for Contemporary Art KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin GermanyGroup
2006Thomas Schütte. Zeichnungen Neues Museum Staatliches Museum Nürnberg Nuremberg Germany Solo
2006 Thomas Schütte Jarla Partilager Stockholm Sweden Solo
2006 Thomas Schütte Produzentengalerie Hamburg Germany Solo
2006 Thomas Schütte Konrad Fischer Galerie Dusseldorf Germany Solo
2006Krankenhaus Kabinett füraktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven Germany Solo
2006Werken op Papier Works on paper De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art Tilburg Netherlands Solo
2006Thomas Schütte – Zeichnungen Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden Germany Solo
2006 Rings Faggionato Fine Arts London UK Solo
2005 Obras Politicas Political Works Fundacao de Serralves Porto Portugal Solo
2005Thomas Schütte Galerie Friedrich Basel Switzerland Solo
2005One Man Houses 2003 – 2005 Marian Goodman Gallery New York USA Solo
2005 The Experience of Art 51th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia Venice ItalyGroup
2005 An Aside – Selected by Tacita Dean Camden Arts Center London UK;Group
2005Bilanz in zwei Akten. Sammlung Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung Kunstverein Hanover Germany Group
2005 Big Bang – Déstruction et Création dans l’Art du 20e Siècle Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou Paris FranceGroup
2005 Universal Experience: Art Life and the Tourist’s Eye Museum of Contemporary Art ChicagoGroup
2005 Regarding Terror: The RAF-Exhibition KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin Germany; Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum GrazGroup
2004 Étragement Proche – Seltsam Vertraut Saarland Museum Saarbrucken GermanyGroup
2004 Interior View firstsite Colchester UK; Group
2004 Friedrich Christan Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart Berlin GermanyGroup
2004 Disparities and Deformations SITE Santa Fe USAGroup
2004 Dependent Objects Busch-Reisinger Museum Cambridge USAGroup
2004 Vision Impossible Galerie Nelson Paris France Solo
2004Thomas Schütte Carlier Gebauer Berlin Germany Solo
2004Quengelware II Hamburger Kunsthalle Hamburg Germany Solo
2004Kreuzzug K21 Kunstsammlung NRW Dusseldorf Germany Solo
2003Croisade Musèe de Grenoble Grenoble France Solo
2003 Thomas Schütte Bernier Eliades Athens Greece Solo
2003Thomas Schütte Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle Munich Germany Solo
2003 Kreuzzug Kunstmuseum Winterthur Switzerland Solo
2003Thomas Schütte Galerie Friedrich Basel Switzerland Solo
2003 Thomas Schütte Marian Goodman Gallery New York USA Solo
2003 Grotesk! 130 Jahre Kunst der Frechheit Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt GermanyGroup
2003 Durchgehend geöffnet Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden Germany Group
2002 the object sculpture The Henry Moore Institute Leeds UKGroup
2002 Dürer Galerie Nelson Paris France Solo
2002 Große Geister Museum Folkwang Essen Essen Germany Solo
2002 Thomas Schütte Produzentengalerie Hamburg Germany Solo
2002 Alte Muster Galleria Tucci Russo Torre Pellice Italy Solo
2002 Low Tide Wandering Frith Street Gallery London GB Solo
2001 Sammlung Goetz Munich Germany Solo
2001 Konrad Fischer Galerie Dusseldorf Germany Solo
2001 Painting at the Edge of the World Walker Art Center Minneapolis USAGroup
2001 Dialogue Ininterrompu Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes France Group
2001F Produzentengalerie Hamburg Germany Group
2001 Sonsbeek 9: LocusFocus Arnhem Netherlands Group
2001R Produzentengalerie Hamburg GermanyGroup
2000Dein Wille geschehe. Das Bild des Vaters in der zeitgenössischen Kunst Haus am Waldsee Berlin Germany (cat.)
2000HausSchau. Das Haus in der Kunst Deichtorhallen Hamburg Germany (cat.)
2000How you look at it. Fotografien des 20. Jahrhunderts. Sprengel-Museum Hanover Germany (cat)
2000 figurare Castello di Rivara Rivara Turin ItalyGroup
2000 Kabinett der Zeichnung, Dusseldorf Germany (cat)
2000 5 Frauen Schloßpark Wendlinghausen Germany Solo
2000 Kabinet Overholland Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Netherlands Solo
1999New Works Wako Works of Art Tokyo Japan Solo
1999Gloria in Memoria Dia Center for the Arts New York USA Solo
1999Galerie Bernier Eliades Athens Greece Solo
1999 Marian Goodman Gallery New York USA Solo
1999 Thomas Schütte Produzentengalerie Hamburg Germany Solo
1999 In Medias Res Dia Center for the Arts New York USA Solo
1999 Gesammelte Werke I. Zeitgenössische Kunst seit 1968 Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg Germany Group
1999 The School of Athens Art Athina 7’99 Athens GreeceGroup
1999am horizont Kaiser Wilhelm Museum Krefeld GermanyGroup
1998–1999 Persona Galerie Carousel Paris FranceGroup
1998 Scenewright Dia Center for the Arts New York USA Solo
1998Galerie Nelson Paris France Solo
1998Thomas Schütte Fundacao de Serralves Porto Portugal Solo
1998 Whitechapel Art Gallery London GB Solo
1998 Maverick Matthew Marks Gallery New York USAGroup
1998Im Reich der Phantome – Fotografie des Unsichtbaren Fotomuseum Winterthur Switzerland Group
1998Ernst Barlach – Mehr als Ich Germany Group
1998 Pro Lidice. 52 Künstler aus Deutschland Germany Group
1997Die Fremden Marian Goodman Gallery New York USA Solo
1997 Zuspiel: Thomas SchütteHenrik Wolff Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Dusseldorf Germany Solo
1997Neue Arbeiten Konrad Fischer Galerie Dusseldorf Germany Solo
1997Skulptur. Projekte in Münster 97 Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte Munster GermanyGroup
1997documenta X Kassel Germany Group