Thomas Schütte, ‘Mann im Matsch’, 2015, Fondation Louis Vuitton

Collection: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Image rights: © ADAGP, Paris 2015 © Fondation Louis Vuitton Marc Domage 2014

"Inaugural Exhibition"

Venue: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2014)

About Thomas Schütte

Since the late 1970s—when he studied with renowned German artist Gerhard Richter—Thomas Schütte has been subverting traditional art historical genres through his eclectic output of sculptures, prints, installations, drawings, watercolors, and photographs. Schütte makes familiar forms of expression, like memorial portraiture and figurative sculpture, strange through evocative, often disturbing alterations, such as in his treatment of the female nude in his “Bronzefrauen” series (Bronze Women, 1999-ongoing) where figurative shapes morph into abstract or mutant forms, or his “Alte Freunde” series, in which the subjects’ despondent expressions highlight the vulnerability of the individual against the cruelty and complexity of the vast world. Through his work he explores the human condition, offering a critical perspective on social, cultural, and political issues and visually eloquent commentary on memory, loss, and the difficulty of memorializing the past.

German, b. 1954, Oldenburg, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany