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Fondation Beyeler - Flyer Thomas Schütte

Stahlfrau Nr. 13 (Steel Woman No. 13), 2003, Stahl, 185 × 125 × 250 cm Foto: Nic Tenwiggenhorn, © 2013, ProLitteris, Zürich trance – completely unannounced – of his life-sized ceramic figures Die Fremden at the 1992 Documenta did it suddenly become apparent that, parallel to his models and objects, Schütte had quietly embarked on a sculptural practice centered upon the human figure. It was an unex- pected motif at that moment and one that would become ever more prominent in his work. The exhibition at Fondation Beyeler focuses on Thomas Schütte’s figura- tive oeuvre, represented by a wide selection of sculptures, drawings and watercolors revolving around the theme of the human figure. With his small and large sculptures in bronze, steel, aluminum, ceramic, glass, wood and wax, Schütte takes up the age-old tradition of figurative sculp- ture and proceeds to develop figures that are rooted firmly in the present day, both in their manufacture and in the presence they radiate. Bringing together works from the past thirty years, the show will include indoor and in particular outdoor sculptures, works that have not been seen in public for many years, and others that are brand new. Thomas Schütte was born in 1954 in Oldenburg, Germany. He lives and works in Düsseldorf. From 1973 to 1981 he studied at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie. His works have appeared regularly since the 1980s in exhibitions and collections. Major shows of recent years include exhibi- tions at the Haus der Kunst in Munich (2009), the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid (2010) and the Castello di Rivoli in Turin (2012). In 2005 Schütte was awarded the Golden Lion for his presentation at the Venice Biennale. BlumenfürKonrad,1998,TuscheaufPapier,39×29cm Foto:NicTenwiggenhorn,©2013,ProLitteris,Zürich Cover:Walser’sWife,2011,LackfarbeaufAluminium,65×38×54cm Foto:LuiseHeuter,©2013,ProLitteris,Zürich