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Thomas Schütte

Thomas Schutte, <i>Untitled</i>, 2003
Bronze, wooden pedestal and model car
15.35 x 23.03 x 17.72 inches (39 x 58.5 x 45 cm)
Thomas Schutte, Untitled, 2003
Bronze, wooden pedestal and model car
15.35 x 23.03 x 17.72 inches (39 x 58.5 x 45 cm)
Thomas Schutte, <i>Grosser Geist No. 9</i>, 2000
Steel
94.49 x 55.12 x 5.12 inches (240 x 140 x 13 cm)
Thomas Schutte, Grosser Geist No. 9, 2000
Steel
94.49 x 55.12 x 5.12 inches (240 x 140 x 13 cm)
Thomas Schutte, <i>Klaus</i>, 1995
Black & white photograph on plexiglass
27.56 x 39.37 inches (70 x 100 cm)
Thomas Schutte, Klaus, 1995
Black & white photograph on plexiglass
27.56 x 39.37 inches (70 x 100 cm)

Biography

Thomas Schütte
(Born 1954)

Thomas Schütte was born in Oldenburg, Germany in 1954. He studied at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf until 1981. Schütte’s oeuvre spans a diverse range of mediums and themes. His earlier works are mostly architectural models that comment on the role of the artist in society and on the art institution itself. Over the years, his preoccupations about the human condition in general as well as the cultural, social and political elements of everyday life have merged within his work. This myriad of themes comes to life through sculptures, prints, drawings, watercolors and photographs that employ figuration as a pivotal means of expression, particularly in his works of the late 1980s and 1990s. Schütte is well known for a series of three monumental-scale anthropomorphic figures cast in aluminum entitled Large Ghosts, 1996 through which he explores the expressive potential of the human form. He is also well known for United Enemies, 1993, a series of sculptures and photographs that comment on the contradictory nature of the human condition.

in which he comments on the contradictory nature of the human condition.

Thomas Schütte has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been held in institutions such as the Museo de Arte Renia Sofia in 2010, the Haus der kunst in Munich in 2009 and the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland in 2003. He has also participated in exhibitions in major institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Fondation Beyeler in Basel. Schütte participated in the 2005 Venice Biennale, where he was awarded the Golden Lion. His work has been featured in multiple publications. Thomas Schütte lives and works in Germany.

AWARDS

Kurt Schwitters Preis für Bildende Kunst der Niedersächsischen Sparkassenstiftung, 1998
Kunstpreis der Stadt Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany, 1996
Golden Lion, Venice Biennale, 2005

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
Thomas Schütte: Frauen, Skarstedt, New York
Thomas Schütte: United Enemies, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

2015
Bernier / Eliades, Athens, Greece
Peter Freeman, Inc., New York

2014
Galerie Pietro Spartà, Chagny, France
Cahiers d’Art, Paris, France
Kunsthalle Vogelmann, Heilbronn, Germany

2013
Thomas Schütte:; Houses, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern Switzerland
Thomas Schütte: Foundation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland
Thomas Schütte – Frauen, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Schone Grusse - Thomas Schütte, me Collectors Room/Stiftung Olbricht. Berlin Germany
Thomas Schütte – Frauen, Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, Finland

2012

Thomas Schütte: New Works, Frith Street Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Thomas Schütte: Faces and Figures, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Houses, NMNM, Monaco, Italy
Frauen, Castello di Rivolli, Turin, Italy
Middelheim Museum Opening, Antwerp, Belgium

Alte Freunde, Carolina Nitsch Project Room, New York
New Work, Peter Freeman Gallery, New York

2010

Thomas Schütte: Hindsight, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany 

Silent Revolution – A new presentation of the permanent collection, K20K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
Donald Young Gallery, New York

2009
Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Galerie Pietro Sparta, Chagny, France

2008
Early Work, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein, Germany

2007/8
Fake/Function: Thomas Schütte Early Work, Henry Moore Institute traveling
to Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein Galerie Nelson, Paris, France
Last Casts, Some Etchings, New Watercolours, Frith Street Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2006/07
Zeichnungen, Neues Museum, Nurnberg, Germany

2006
Big Bang: Creation and Destruction in 20th Century Art, MART Roverto, Italy
Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Germany
Konrad Fischer Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany
Krankenhaus, Kabinett fur aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany
Works on Paper, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art , Tilburg, The Netherlands
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany
Faggionato Fine Art, London, United Kingdom

2005
One Man Houses, Marian Goodman, New York
Political Works, Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Serralves, Portugal
Thomas Schütte, Galerie Friedrich, Basel, Switzerland

2004
Galerie Nelson, Paris, France
Carlier Gebauer, Berlin, Germany
Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
K21, Düsseldorf, Germany

2003
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

2002
Low Tide Wandering, Frith Street Gallery, London, United Kingdom
New Works,Tucci Russo Studio per l'Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy

2001
Thomas Schutte, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Galerie Fischer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Frith Street Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2000
Kabinet Overholland, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5 Frauen, Schlosspark Wendlinghausen, Gemeinde Doerentrup, Germany

1999
Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany
Bernier/Eliades, Athens, Greece
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Gloria in Memoria,” DIA Center for the Arts II, New York
In Media Res, DIA Center for the Arts III, New York
Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany
Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan

1998
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Fundacao Serralves, Oporto, Portugal
De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Scenewright, DIA Center for the Arts I, New York

1997
Marian Goodman, New York

1996
Marian Goodman, New York
Gebauer und Günther, Berlin, Germany

1995
Jean Bernier Gallery, Athens, Greece
Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Tucci Russo, Turin Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
St. Annen Museum, Lubeck, Germany

1994
Philip Nelson, Lyon, Paris, France
Kunsthalle, Hamburg Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
Musée d'Art contemporain, Nimes, France
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

1993
Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany
Marian Goodman, New York

1992
Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Jean Bernier, Athens, Greece
Tucci Russo, Turin Frederica Inghilleri, Milan, Italy
Vereeniging voor het Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium

1991
Philip Nelson, Lyon, Paris, France
Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany

1990
Marian Goodman, New York
Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland
ARC, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

1989
Marian Goodman, New York
Pietro Sparta, Chagney Musée de Calmecy, Calmecy, France

1988
Philip Nelson, Lyon, Paris Tucci Russo, Turin, Italy
Christian Stein, Milan Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany

1987
Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Jean Bernier, Athens, Greece
Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
Lichthof im Westfälischen Landesmuseum, Münster, Germany
Museum Overholland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1986
Rudiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
Philip Nelson, Lyon, France
Paris Crousel-Hussenot, Paris, France
Tucci Russo, Turin, Italy
Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany

1985
Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Hamburg
Philip Nelson, Lyon, Paris, France
Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Germany

1984
Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany
Philip Nelson, Lyon, Paris, France
Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany
Jean Bernier, Athens, Greece

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Portraits, Skarstedt, New York
Winter Group Show, Skarstedt, London, United Kingdom
Sculpture, Skarstedt, Chelsea, New York

2015
A Few Free Years, Hamburger Bahnof, Berlin, Germany
Model, Galerie Rudolfinium, Prague, Czech Republic
Plasters: Casts and Copies, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, United Kingdom
(im)possible! Artists and Architects, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
Low Tide Wandering, The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kindom
Faces Between Figures, Portraits and Masks, Neues Museum, State Museum of Art and Design in Nuremberg
Ceramix, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Meeting Architecture Part II, British School at Rome, Rome, Italy
ARTZUID 2015, Stichtung Art Zuid, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ruhe vor dem Sturm, Postmoderne Kunst aus dem Rheinland, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

2014
Cast From Life, Skarstedt, New York
The Human Factor, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Body & Void: Echoes of Moore in Contemporary Art, The Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green, United Kingdom
Bad Thoughts, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
To Have and to Hold, The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida

2013
From Figuration, Skarstedt, London, United Kingdom

2011
Heinz und Marianne Ebers-Stiftung-Eine Sammlung von Format, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany
Architektonika, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Mit Feuer und Flamme-Keramik in der Gegenwartskunst, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, Germany; Große Geister, Kunstplatz Graben-Kunst Im Öffentlichen Raum Wien, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
In Praise of Doubt, Punta della Dogana – Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy
“KölnSkultur #6, Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne, Germany
The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi – Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy
Ostalgia, New Museum, New York

2010
The West Ablaze, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Collection / Porto : Museu Serralves, Domaine de Kerguéhennec – Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan, France

2009
Listen Darling…The World is Yours, Ellipse Foundation, Cascais, Portugal
Interieur/Exterieur. Wohnen in der Kunst, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
The Puppet Show, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; The Frye Art
Museum, Seattle, Washington
Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
(LACMA), Los Angeles, California

2008
Life on Mars: The 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
After Nature, New Museum, New York

2007
Skulptur Projekte, Munster, Germany

2006
The 80’s: A Topology of Sense, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal

2005
Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

2003
A Sculpture Show, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Grotesque! Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

2002
Startkapital (from the Ackermans Collection), K21 Kkunstsammlung
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
Royal Academy Galleries Show, London, United Kingdom

2001
Dialogue Ininterrompu, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
Many Colored Objects Placed Side by Side to Form a Row of Many Colored
Objects: Works from the Collection of Annick and Anton Herbert,
Casino
Luxembourg-Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg

2000
Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

1999
Dream City, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany
Zeitwenden, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
am horizont, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany

1998
Breaking Ground, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York
Jardin d’artiste: de mémoire d’arbre, Musée Zadkine, Paris, France
Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel, Germany

1997
Zuspiel. Thomas Schütte, Henrik Wolff, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und
Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
Skulptur. Projekte in Münster '97, Münster, Germany
Documenta 10, Kassel, Germany
Veronica’s Revenge (Oeuvres photographiques de la Lambert Art Collection), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland

1996
Quo Vadis, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Distemper, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Dialogues/Diyaloglar, Atatürk Cultural Centre, Istanbul, Turkey; Kunstpalast
Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

1995
Artisti Tedeschi - Castello di Rivara Collection No. 11, Casetllo di Rivara, Turin, Italy
Le domaine du diaphane, Le Domaine de Kerguehennec, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Bignan, France
France Architecture(s), CAPC Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, France
Artistes/Architects, Nouveau Musée/Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
Everything that's interesting is new, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
Le Nouveau Musée/Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York
American Center, Paris, France
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
The National Gallery of Osaka, Japan; National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

1994
Marlene Dumas, Juan Munoz, Thomas Schütte, Frith Street Gallery, London, United Kingdom

1993
Nieuwe Beelden, Middelheim Park, Antwerp, Belgium
Viaggo verso Citera, Casino Municipale, Venice, Italy
The Sublime Void. On The Memory of the Imagination, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium

1992
Tisina Silence, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Documenta IX, Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, Germany
El Mundo Imaginado, Casa del Monte, Madrid, Spain

1991
Espacio Mental, IVAM Centre del Carme, Valencia, Spain
In anderen Räumen, Museum Haus Lange and Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany
Inscapes, Stichting/Foundation De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1990
Possible Worlds, ICA and Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Weitersehen 1980-1990, Museum Haus Lange and Musem Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany
Le Diaphane, Musée des Beaux Arts, Tourcoing, France

1989
Grosse Oper, Kunstverein Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Bühnenstücke, Kunstverein, Munich, Germany
Periodi di Marmo, Palazzo di Città, Acireale, Italy
Skulpturen für Krefeld, Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany
Zeitzeichen, Museum für Bildende Künste, Leipzig, Germany
Blickpunkte, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal, Quebec
Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany

1988
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York
Schlaf der Vernunft, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Europe Now, Museo d’Arte Contemporain, Prato, Italy
L’inventaire, Manufrance, St-Etienne, France
4x8, Kunstraum, Neuss, Germany
Vision sur l’Art Contemporain, U.C.L., Louvain, Belgium
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany

1987
Hacen Lo que Quieren, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain
TEKENEN ’87, Kunststichting, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
METROPOLIS, Spedale degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy
Im Auftrag, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Bildhauerzeichnungen, Kunstverein, Graz, Austria
Das andere Medium, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
Musée St. Pierre, Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
Juxtapositions, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
L'Epoque, la mode, la morale, la passion, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris,
France
Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany
Skulptur. Projekte in Münster, Münster, Germany
Raumbilder, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

1986
7 Skulpturen, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
Origins and Beyond, Sixth Biennial, Sydney, Australia
Kleinplastik, Triennale, Fellbach, Germany
Correspondentie Europa, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Aus den Anfängen, Kunstfonds/Kunstraum, Bonn, Germany
Sonsbeek 86, Arnhem, The Netherlands
IL CANGIANTE, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporain, Milan, Italy
Wechselströme, Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany
Jenisch Park, Hamburg, Germany

1985
The European Iceberg, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Nouvelle Biennale de Paris, Paris, France
30 Jahre durch die Kunst, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany
Doch Doch, Arenberg Institut, Louvain, Belgium
Eeu keuze, Kunst RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Grand Halle de la Vilette, Paris, France
Rheingold, Palazzo della Societa Promotrice delle
Bella Arti, Turin, Italy
Kunst nach 1945, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Siméon et les flamants roses, Centre Culturel, Albi, France
Dispositif-Sculpture, ARC/Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris,
France

1985-83
Sculpture from Germany (organized by Independent Curators Inc.), San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; Sarah Campbell
Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, Texas; The Winnipeg Art
Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario;
Archer M. Huntington Gallery, University of Texas, Austin, Texas; Queens
Museum, Queens, New York

1984
Der Versiegelte Brunnen, Rotterdamse Kunststichting, Rotterdam, The
Netherlands
IDEA, Stuttgart, Germany
Im Mittelpunkt: Kunst, Halle Münsterland, Münster, Germany
Ouverture, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Octobre des Arts, Musée St.- Pierre, Lyons, France
Kunstsichtung, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Kunstlandschaft Bundesprepublik, ARGE Deutscher Kunstverein Freiburg,
Freiburg, Germany
Gewad, Ghent, Belgium
c/o Haus Ester, Museum Haus Ester, Krefeld, Germany
Von Hier Aus, Zwei Monate Neue Deutsche Kunst in Düsseldorf, Messegelände Halle 13, Düsseldorf, Germany

1983
Thomas Schütte and Gerhard Merz, Konrad Fischer, Zurich, Switzerland
Standort Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
any; Städtische Gallerie, Regensburg, Germany
Für Solidarnošc, Kunstpalast Ehrenhof, Düsseldorf, Germany
Konstruierte Orte, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Rekonstruktion, Städtische Gallerie, Regensburg, Germany
Kunst mit Photographie, Sammlung Kraus, Cologne, Germany

1982
(0211), Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
A Pierre et Marie, Eglise Rue d’Ulm, Paris, France
Ausstellung B, Lothringer Strasse, Munich, Germany
Halle 6, Kampnagel-Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany

1981
Art Allemagne Aujourd'hui, ARC/Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris,
Paris, France
Westkunst-Heute, Cologne, Germany

1980
Jürgen Ponto Stiftung, Karmerliterkloster, Frankfurt, Germany

1979
Schlaglichter, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany
Perspektiven, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf,
Germany

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
ARC Musèe d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
ARCO Foundation Collection, Madrid, Spain
Bundeskunstsammlung, Berlin, Germany
Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands
DIA Center for the Arts, New York
Friedrich Christian Flicl Collection, Berlin, Germany
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Washington, D.C.
K21 Kunstsammlung Im Standehaus, Dusseldorf, Germany
Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Germany
Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
MAXXI, Rome, Italy
Musèe de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Musèe de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, Switzerland
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Neues Museum Weimar, Weimar, Germany
Niedersachsische Sparkassenstiftung, Hannover, Germany
Sammlung A +A.Herbert, Ghent, Belgium
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Bielefeld, Germany
Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ydessa Hendeles, Toronto, Canada