Thomas Schütte

Big Buildings. Models and Views

15 June – 1 November 2010

A three-times exhibitor at the documenta in Kassel and winner of the prestigious Golden Lion for best individual artist at the Venice Biennale of 2005, Dusseldorf-based artist Thomas Schütte (b. 1954) is internationally acclaimed as one of the most significant German artists.

Over the course of the last thirty years Thomas Schütte has reclaimed for contemporary creative practice classic forms of artistic expression, which the avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s had high-handedly dismissed as folkloric and kitsch, and reaffirmed their social and aesthetic relevance. Working with his hands – drawing, painting in watercolours, modelling in clay or plasticine, constructing in wood and other materials – is at the heart of his creative practice.
The artist has been working with architectural models and sketches since the early 1980s, and the playful investigation of small and big, model and execution, art as a model and the model as art permeates his entire oeuvre, most palpably so in his group of architectural sculptures, which are the focus of this exhibition.
Driving Schütte’s intense engagement with the art of building and the built environment, with light and space is nothing less than the ambition to reclaim architecture for artistic creativity. Bringing together masterpieces that combine critical comment and aesthetic brilliance with poetry and humour, the exhibition makes it clear that the artist is offering a positive alternative as well as harsh criticism. In addition to the small-scale models of the last three decades, this exhibition will – for the first time – present full-scale walk-in realisations of some of his designs, among them a Holiday Home for Terrorists and a One Man House. A selection of recently completed new sculptures complements the architectural works.


Thomas Schütte
Big Buildings – Models and Views
Format: 24,5 x 30 cm
272 pages with 700 colour illustrations and a text by Rainald Schumacher
Bilingual Ausgabe (deutsch/englisch)
Publisher: Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Köln
39 EUR
ISBN 978-3-940953-54-4

Catalogue cover: Thomas Schütte
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  1. Portrait in exhibition constructionPhoto: David Ertl © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

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