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Fondation Beyeler - Flyer Thomas Schütte

StahlfrauNr.13(SteelWomanNo.13),2003,Stahl,185×125×250cm Foto:NicTenwiggenhorn,©2013,ProLitteris,Zürich trance–completelyunannounced–ofhislife-sizedceramicfiguresDie Fremdenatthe1992Documentadiditsuddenlybecomeapparentthat, paralleltohismodelsandobjects,Schüttehadquietlyembarkedona sculpturalpracticecentereduponthehumanfigure.Itwasanunex- pectedmotifatthatmomentandonethatwouldbecomeevermore prominentinhiswork. TheexhibitionatFondationBeyelerfocusesonThomasSchütte’sfigura- tiveoeuvre,representedbyawideselectionofsculptures,drawingsand watercolorsrevolvingaroundthethemeofthehumanfigure.Withhis smallandlargesculpturesinbronze,steel,aluminum,ceramic,glass, woodandwax,Schüttetakesuptheage-oldtraditionoffigurativesculp- tureandproceedstodevelopfiguresthatarerootedfirmlyinthepresent day,bothintheirmanufactureandinthepresencetheyradiate.Bringing togetherworksfromthepastthirtyyears,theshowwillincludeindoor andinparticularoutdoorsculptures,worksthathavenotbeenseenin publicformanyyears,andothersthatarebrandnew. ThomasSchüttewasbornin1954inOldenburg,Germany.Helivesand worksinDüsseldorf.From1973to1981hestudiedattheDüsseldorf Kunstakademie.Hisworkshaveappearedregularlysincethe1980sin exhibitionsandcollections.Majorshowsofrecentyearsincludeexhibi- tionsattheHausderKunstinMunich(2009),theMuseoReinaSofiain Madrid(2010)andtheCastellodiRivoliinTurin(2012).In2005Schütte wasawardedtheGoldenLionforhispresentationattheVeniceBiennale. Blumen für Konrad, 1998, Tusche auf Papier, 39 × 29 cm Foto: Nic Tenwiggenhorn, © 2013, ProLitteris, Zürich Cover: Walser’s Wife, 2011, Lackfarbe auf Aluminium, 65 × 38 × 54 cm Foto: Luise Heuter, © 2013, ProLitteris, Zürich

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