Thomas Schütte

Lives and works in Düsseldorf

Thomas Schütte makes evocative, often disturbing alterations to familiar forms of expression like memorial portraiture and figurative sculpture. His work explores the human condition, offering a critical perspective on social, cultural, and political issues and visually eloquent commentary on memory, loss, and the difficulty of memorializing the past.

He received among others the Golden Lion, 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 and the Arnold-Bode-Prize, documenta, Kassel in 1990. He was part of the 5th edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017. Upcoming exhibitions include a retrospective at MoMA, New York. His work has been the subject of extensive solo exhibitions internationally, including Monnaie de Paris, Paris; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Serpentine Gallery, London; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and DIA Center for the Arts, New York. He has participated in Glasstress, Venezia; bb4 – 4th berlin biennial for contemporary art; 51st Venice Biennale; documenta X, Kassel; documenta IX, Kassel; and documenta VIII, Kassel, as well as group exhibitions at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Museum der Moderne Salzburg; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; LACMA, Los Angeles; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MCA, Chicago; and Centre Pompidou, Paris, among many others. In 2016 the Skulpturenhalle of the Thomas Schütte Stiftung, the largest and most ambitious realisation of an architectural design by Thomas Schütte, opened its doors in Neuss. The space serves as an archive for Schütte’s work and as an exhibition venue for other contemporary sculpturers.