Vier grosse Geister

Bern, Kleine Schanze, September 11 - 29, 2013
Bern, Kleine Schanze, September 11 - 29, 2013
Bern, Kleine Schanze, September 11 - 29, 2013
Bern, Kleine Schanze, September 11 - 29, 2013
Bern, Kleine Schanze, September 11 - 29, 2013
Geneva, Parc des Bastions, July 24 - September 8, 2013
Geneva, Parc des Bastions, July 24 - September 8, 2013
Geneva, Parc des Bastions, July 24 - September 8, 2013
Geneva, Parc des Bastions, July 24 - September 8, 2013
Vier Grosse Geister

The sculptural group Vier Grosse Geister is made up of four bronze figures standing over eight feet tall. They remind us of bulging Michelin Men or misshapen mascots. Are we looking at an alliance of great thinkers, at ghosts who have returned from the past, or at strange spirits visiting from another planet? All are conceivable, for Grosse Geister, although usually translated in the context of Schütte’s figures as "big spirits", is an ambiguous title that can equally well mean "large ghosts" or "great minds". The figures stand in a group, interacting with each other in a curious way, but also – through their gestures and poses – inviting passers-by to stop and make their acquaintance. 

In recent years the Vier Grosse Geister sculptural group has appeared on Der Graben, the famous shopping street in downtown Vienna (2011), and in the grounds of the Villa Schöningen in Potsdam (2010).

With the open-air presentation of Thomas Schütte’s Vier Grosse Geister, the Fondation Beyeler continues its tradition of showing art works in public spaces. Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to experience art at first hand in their own environment.   

The Vier Grosse Geister (2003) will be on show in the cities of Zurich, Geneva and Bern in the run-up to the Thomas Schütte exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler, and in Basel during the exhibition itself.

FURTHER INFORMATION
"Vier Grosse Geister" on tour in Switzerland

Zurich Vorderer Utoquai/ Bellevue, June 6 – July 2, 2013
Geneva
Parc des Bastions, July 24 - September 8,  2013
Bern
Kleine Schanze, September 11 - 29, 2013
Riehen / Basel
Fondation Beyeler, October 6, 2013 - Febuary 2, 2014

Generous support

The Vier Grosse Geister art project has been made possible with the generous support of JTI.

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