Thomas Schütte

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Thomas Schütte (right) and Bart Cassiman in 2017

Thomas Schütte (born November 16, 1954 in Oldenburg ) is a German sculptor and draftsman.


Sculpture Hall - Thomas Schütte Foundation, Neuss-Holzheim (April 2016)

Schütte studied from 1973 to 1981 at the Düsseldorf Art Academy with Fritz Schwegler and Gerhard Richter . He shows great versatility in his works. Both in the techniques used and in the design, his work largely eludes all specifications. There are architectural models from Schütte such as the holiday homes for terrorists , as well as etchings and voluminous sculptures. His appearance at the Venice Art Biennale 2005 represents a high point in his career, as he was awarded the prize for the best artist in the exhibition. At the end of 2007, the Model for a Hotel 2007 Schüttes work made of colored glass panels was selected for the fourth pillar of Trafalgar Square . His figure of the father state can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Nationalgalerie Berlin . Schuette's bronze sculpture United Enemies was exhibited in Central Park, New York , between March 5 and August 25, 2013 . Schütte's bronze sculpture Großer Geist has been standing on the steps of the Neues Museum in Weimar since 1998 .

Working with his hands, drawing, watercoloring, modeling, shaping with clay and modeling clay, building with wood and other materials are the focus of his artistic activity.

On the site of the former Hombroich rocket station near Neuss , not far from the Museum Insel Hombroich and in the immediate vicinity of the Langen Foundation , he built his own sculpture hall , which opened in April 2016. The hall is used exclusively for the exhibition of third-party works and for storing one's own sculptures. In 2019, Schütte designed a pavilion with a diameter of 15 meters for Krefeld on the occasion of the Bauhaus anniversary .

Thomas Schütte lives and works in Düsseldorf .


Public collections




  • Nathalie Küchen: Thomas Schütte. , in: Georg-Kolbe-Museum (ed.): Vanitas - Eternal is nothing. Exhibition catalog, Berlin, 2014, p. 66.
  • Thomas Schütte. Big Buildings. Models and views 1980-2010. Exhibition catalog, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn 2010 (foreword by Robert Fleck, with contributions by Rainald Schumacher, in German and English), Verlag Snoeck, Cologne, ISBN 978-3-940953-54-4 .
  • Thomas Schütte - Simulation and Reality . In: Markus Stegmann: Architectural Sculpture in the 20th Century. Historical aspects and work structures , Tübingen 1995, pages 163–171.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Public Art Fund: Thomas Schütte: United Enemies. Retrieved December 4, 2013 .
  2. Where terrorists go on vacation . In: Thüringische Landeszeitung , July 15, 2010, accessed on January 18, 2019.
  3. Sebastian Frenzel: Schütte's sculpture hall in Hombroich - Do it yourself! Monopoly , April 9, 2016, accessed April 11, 2016 .
  4. ^ Sabine Oelze: Sculptor Thomas Schütte - A museum for your own art . Deutschlandfunk , February 22, 2016, accessed April 11, 2016 .
  5. Thomas Schütte is building a house for art on the Hombroich rocket station! WDR 5 Scala - current culture , April 6, 2016, accessed on April 11, 2016 .
  6. ^ Sculpture for sculptures: Thomas Schüttes Museum in Neuss . WDR , April 7, 2016, accessed April 11, 2016 .
  7. Krefeld
  8. ^ Art Aspects, 4th Berlin Biennale 2006
  9. ^ Announcement on the exhibition ( Memento of the original from October 1, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed September 28, 2014. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. Villa Massimo | Scholarships. Retrieved August 22, 2019 .

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