Born in 1954 in Oldenburg, Germany (Lower Saxony), Thomas Schütte studied art in the 1970s at the Kunstakademie of Düsseldorf, notably where Katharina Fritsch and Gerhardt Richter were teachers. And it is in Düsseldorf where Schütte lives and works today. In 1981, he took part in the Westkunst exhibition in Cologne while the Konrad Fischer Gallery put together a solo show of his works, marking the start of his international career.
Museums that have mounted major solo exhibitions include the Haus der Kunst in Munich (2009), the Reina Sofía in Madrid (2010), and the Castello di Rivoli in Turin (2012). His work was also seen in Dokumenta 8, 9, and 10. In 2005, Thomas Schütte was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. Previously, he had earned several important prizes in Germany, including the Kurt Schwitters Preis für Bildende Kunst der Niedersächsischen Sparkassenstiftung (1998) and the Kunstpreis der Stadt Wolfsburg (1996).
Gartenzwerge (Glas), 2017
7 pieces, variable dimensions
Dokumenta. Projekt II, 1986
Lacquer, enamel, felt tip pen and pencil on paper
142.5 x 110cm
Dokumenta. Projekt III, 1986
Lacquer, enamel, pencil and tape on paper
140.5 x 109.5 cm