Thomas Schütte

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Thomas Schütte
Born (1954-11-16) November 16, 1954 (age 64)
NationalityGermany
EducationKunstakademie Düsseldorf
Known forSculpture

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

Education[edit]

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]

Kirschensäule (Cherry Column) at Skulptur Projekte Münster


Exhibitions[edit]

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]

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 Center for the Arts, 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 van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, (1990).[6] His monumental sculpture "Vater Staat" was displayed at Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany in 2013.[7]

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

Collections[edit]

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]

Recognition[edit]

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[edit]

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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