Thomas Schütte (German, b.1954) is a sculptor and draughtsman born in Oldenburg, Germany. From 1973 until 1981, he attended the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, where he studied with Fritz Schwegler and Gerhard Richter. During the start of his career, Schütte constructed modest architectural models. In the 1980s and 1990s, his work seemed increasingly attuned to human situations and social concerns. A well-known example of Schütte’s work from the 1980s is House for Two Friends (1983). During the 1990s, he created a variety of large-scale public sculptures, such as Large Ghosts (1996), a set of three figures that appear simultaneously robotic and corporeal. More recently, in the late 1990s and 2000s, Schütte began creating other sculptural works, including a series of large, three-dimensional, free-standing heads, as well as a collection of One Man Houses, which are small, detailed architectural models of modern homes. Schütte’s works have been exhibited at museums and galleries around the world, such as the National Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. He currently lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Timeline

1954
Born in Oldenburg, Germany
1973–1981
Study at the Kunstakademie of Dusseldorf, Germany with Fritz Schwegeler and Gerhard Richter
1998
Prix Kurt Schwitters, Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany
2005
Golden Lion Prize, Biennale de Venise, Italy
2006
Art on HafenCity's Cultural Mile, Hamburg, Germany
2010
Kunstpreis der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Germany
Lives and works in Dusseldorf, Germany

Exhibitions

2014
Kunsthalle Vogelmann – Städtische Museen Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany
2014
Schöne Grüße, me collectors room Berlin / Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin, Germany
2013
Frauen, Sara Hildén Museum, Tampere, Finland (solo)
2013
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland (solo)
2013
Houses, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland (solo)
2012–2013
Thomas Schütte: with Tears in My Ears, Jarla Partilager, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2012
Frith Street, London, GB (solo)
2012
Thomas Schütte Houses, NMNM Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco (solo)
2012
Woodcuts 2011, Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris, France (solo)
2012
Peter Freeman Inc., New York, US (solo)
2012
In the Spirit of Walser/Thomas schütte, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, US (solo)
2012
Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy (solo)
2012
Faces & Figures, Serpentine Gallery, London, GB (solo)
2012
Middelheim Museum Opening, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
2011
Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy
2011
In Praise of Doubt, Punta della Dogana – Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy

2011
Tomatensalat, ph-projects, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2011
Grosse Geister, Kunstplatz Graben - Kunst Im Öffentlichen Raum Wien, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2011
KölnSkulptur #6, Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne, Germany
2011
Mit Feuer und Flamme - Keramk in der Gegenwartskunst, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, Germany
2011
Ostalgia, New Museum, New York, US
2011
Architektonika, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
2011
Heinz und Marianne Ebers-Stiftung-Eine Sammlung von Format, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany
2011
Beziehungsarbeit - Kunst und Institution, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
2011
Living, Lousiana Museum Of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
2011
Vollendet das ewige Werk.Sammlung Rheingold in Schloss Dyck 2011, Schloss Dyck, Jüchen, Germany
2010–2011
Von Carl Andre bis Gregor Schneider. Dorothee und Konrad Fischer: Archiv einer Haltung, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany
2010–2011
Die Natur der Kunst. Begegnungen mit der Natur vom 19. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
2010–2011
James Ensor - Hareng Saur: Ensor et l'art contemporain, SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium
2010–2011
Auswertung der Flugdaten, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
2010
Going International, FLAG Art Foundation, New York City, USA
2010
The Good, The Bad & the Ugly, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Mechelen, Belgium
2010
Lebenslust und Totentanz, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria
2010
Der Westen leuchtet, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
2010
HEAD, The Approach, London, UK
2010
11. Triennale Kleinplastik. Larger Than Life. Stranger Than Fiction, Fellbach, Germany
2010
Aber Schwarz ist doch gar keine Farbe!, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany
2010
Selected Works, Skarstedt Gallery, New York (solo)
2010
Thomas Schütte, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Bonn, Germany (solo)
2010
Thomas Schütte, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York City, USA (solo)
2010
Big Buildings. Modelle und Ansichten, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany (solo)
2010
Thomas Schütte. Retrospección, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2010
Thomas Schütte, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany (solo)
2010
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Bonn, Germany
2010
Silent Revolution – Eine neue Sammlungspräsentation, Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus, Dusseldorf, Germany
2010
Defending our values – Lightbox / The Module, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
2010
Meisterwerke der Moderne. Die Sammlung des Kunstmuseums Winterthur, Mart Trento e Rovereto, Italy
2010
MNCARS - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
2009
Art of Two Germanys / Cold War Cultures 1945-1989, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin/Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg, Germany (group)
2009
Gegen den Strich. 15 Jahre Sammlung des Kunstmuseums Wolfsburg, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
2009
Abstraktion und Einfühlung – Albers, Buthe, Palermo und Schütte, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
2009
time, Galerie Konrad Fischer, Dusseldorf, Germany
2009
60 Jahre – 60 Werke – Kunst aus der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
2009
Gipfeltreffen der Moderne, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Bonn, Germany
2009
Thomas Schütte, Galerie Pietro Spartà, Chagny, France (solo)
2009
Thomas Schütte – Radierungen, Horst-Janssen-Museum, Oldenburg, Germany (solo)
2009
Thomas Schütte, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (solo)
2008–2009
Heavy Metal, Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel, Germany
2008–2009
Made in Munich, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2008
The Immediate Touch: German, Austrian, and Swiss Drawings from St. Louis Collections. 1946-2007, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA
2008
Kavalierstart. Aufbruch in die Kunst der 80er, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
2008
55th Carnegie International: Life on Mars, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
2008
Das frühe Werk, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein (solo)
2007
Thomas Schütte, Frith Street Gallery – Golden Square, London, UK (solo)
2007
New Sculpture, Galerie Nelson – Freeman, Paris, France (solo)
2007
Makers and Modelers: Works in Ceramic, Galdstone Gallery, New York, USA
2007
skulptur projekte münster 07, Munster, Germany
2007
The Present, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007
Rockers Island. Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
2007
ARTEMPO, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
2007
Die Kunst zu sammeln, museum kunst palast, Dusseldorf, Germany
2007
25th Anniversary, Galerie Nelson, Paris, France
2006
The 80s: A Topology, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
2006
The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes of Global Society, Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Spain
2006
ArchiSkulptur, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland; Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
2006
ArchiSkulptur, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, CH; Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, E; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
2006
Of Mice and Men, 4th Berlin Binnial for Contemporary Art, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
2006
Thomas Schütte. Zeichnungen, Neues Museum, Staatliches Museum Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany (solo)
2006
Thomas Schütte, Jarla Partilager, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2006
Thomas Schütte, Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2006
Thomas Schütte, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
2006
Krankenhaus, Kabinett füraktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany (solo)
2006
Werken op Papier / Works on paper, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands (solo)
2006
Thomas Schütte – Zeichnungen, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany (solo)
2006
Rings, Faggionato Fine Arts, London, UK (solo)
2005
Obras Politicas / Political Works, Fundacao de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (solo)
2005
Thomas Schütte, Galerie Friedrich, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
2005
One Man Houses 2003 – 2005, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2005
The Experience of Art, 51th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2005
An Aside – Selected by Tacita Dean, Camden Arts Center, London, UK; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, UK
2005
Bilanz in zwei Akten. Sammlung Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, Kunstverein Hanover, Germany
2005
Big Bang – Déstruction et Création dans l’Art du 20e Siècle, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2005
Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
2005
Regarding Terror: The RAF-Exhibition, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany; Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
2004
Étragement Proche – Seltsam Vertraut, Saarland Museum, Saarbrucken, Germany
2004
Interior View, firstsite, Colchester, UK; De Zonnehof, Amersfoort, NL; Kunsthalle Fribourg, Switzerland
2004
Friedrich Christan Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany
2004
Disparities and Deformations, SITE, Santa Fe, USA
2004
Dependent Objects, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, USA
2004
Vision Impossible, Galerie Nelson, Paris, France (solo)
2004
Thomas Schütte, Carlier / Gebauer, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2004
Quengelware II, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2004
Kreuzzug, K21 Kunstsammlung NRW, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
2003
Croisade, Musèe de Grenoble, Grenoble, France (solo)
2003
Thomas Schütte, Bernier / Eliades, Athens, Greece (solo)
2003
Thomas Schütte, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany (solo)
2003
Kreuzzug, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (solo)
2003
Thomas Schütte, Galerie Friedrich, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
2003
Thomas Schütte, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2003
Grotesk! 130 Jahre Kunst der Frechheit, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2003
Durchgehend geöffnet, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
2002
the object sculpture, The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK
2002
Dürer, Galerie Nelson, Paris, France (solo)
2002
Große Geister, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany (solo)
2002
Thomas Schütte, Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2002
Alte Muster, Galleria Tucci Russo, Torre Pellice, Italy (solo)
2002
Low Tide Wandering, Frith Street Gallery, London, GB (solo)
2001
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany (solo)
2001
Konrad Fischer Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
2001
Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
2001
Dialogue Ininterrompu, Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes, France
2001
F, Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Germany
2001
Sonsbeek 9: LocusFocus, Arnhem, Netherlands
2001
R, Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany
2000
Dein Wille geschehe. Das Bild des Vaters in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany (cat.)
2000
HausSchau. Das Haus in der Kunst, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany (cat.)
2000
How you look at it. Fotografien des 20. Jahrhunderts. Sprengel-Museum, Hanover, Germany (cat)
2000
figurare, Castello di Rivara, Rivara/Turin, Italy
2000
Kabinett der Zeichnung, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany (cat)
2000
5 Frauen, Schloßpark Wendlinghausen, Germany (solo)
2000
Kabinet Overholland, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1999
New Works, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1999
Gloria in Memoria, Dia Center for the Arts, New York, USA (solo)
1999
Galerie Bernier / Eliades, Athens, Greece (solo)
1999
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1999
Thomas Schütte, Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1999
In Medias Res, Dia Center for the Arts, New York, USA (solo)
1999
Gesammelte Werke I. Zeitgenössische Kunst seit 1968, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
1999
Zoom – Ansichten zur deutschen Gegenwartskunst, Sammlung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Forum Landesbank Baden-Württemberg / Landesbank Baden-Württemberg / Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart; Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany (cat)
1999
The School of Athens, Art Athina 7’99, Athens, Greece
1999
am horizont, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany
1998–1999
Persona, Galerie Carousel, Paris, France
1998
Scenewright, Dia Center for the Arts, New York, USA (solo)
1998
Galerie Nelson, Paris, France (solo)
1998
Thomas Schütte, Fundacao de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (solo)
1998
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, GB (solo)
1998
Maverick, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA
1998
Im Reich der Phantome – Fotografie des Unsichtbaren, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
1998
Ernst Barlach – Mehr als Ich, Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein in der Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany
1998
Pro Lidice. 52 Künstler aus Deutschland, Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein in der Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany
1997
Die Fremden, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1997
Zuspiel: Thomas Schütte/Henrik Wolff, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
1997
Neue Arbeiten, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
1997
Skulptur. Projekte in Münster 97, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Munster, Germany
1997
documenta X, Kassel, Germany

Public Collections

Tate Gallery, London, GB
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf, Germany
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
FRAC Rhônes-Alpes, France
FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France
De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, SIovenia
Carré d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes, France
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano (Donazione Panza di Biumo), Switzerland
Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Gand, Belgium
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands