Thomas Schütte

About Artist: Thomas Schütte (born November 16, 1954) is a German contemporary artist. He lives and works in Düsseldorf.From 1973 to 1981 Schütte studied art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf alongside Katharina Fritsch under Gerhard Richter, Fritz Schwegler, Daniel Buren and Benjamin Buchloh.Schütte's multidisciplinary work ranges widely, from early architectural installations to small-scale modeled figures and proposals for monuments, from extensive series of watercolors, to banners, flags, and photographs.From life-sized figures fabricated in ceramic as in Die Fremden (The Strangers) (1992) to miniaturized monuments cast in bronze as in Grosser Respekt (1993–94), Schütte has exploited transitions in scale and materials to great effect throughout his career.Initially exhibited at documenta IX in Kassel where they were placed on the portico of the former Roten Palais of the Landgrafen von Hessen, which currently houses a large department store, Die Fremden (The Strangers) overlooked the city. The convoys of refugees from the First Gulf War (1991), and the burning down of refugee shelters for asylum seekers in Germany, formed the contemporary political backdrop to these ceramic figures, which caused a stir at documenta.

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