Thomas Schutte

Haus der Kunst, Munich
7 June-6 September 2009

Munich’s Haus der Kunst has mounted this exhibition on Düsseldorf-based artist Thomas Schütte on the back of a commission from the Oldenburg state savings bank for a large-scale sculpture outside its head office. The show is focused around a 1:1 Styrofoam and plaster model of the commission, Man in Mud, a monumental 5.8m-high bronze sculpture unveiled in the artist’s home town of Oldenburg in June. Schütte has been working on the “Man in Mud” series since the early 1980s, and the model in Munich is surrounded by a series of related sculptures from 1994. The rest of the exhibition includes works from the 1980s to the present, curated by Patrizia Dander and Thomas Weski, deputy director of the Haus der Kunst. Schütte’s practice is extremely varied, and the full range from architectural models and watercolours to figurative sculpture and photography will be on show here—including a recent series of watercolours, “Deprinotes”, 2006-08, as yet unseen by the public.

This article was published in The Art Newspaper, June 2009, p13. To see it in context, click on the PDF link below

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