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Thomas Schütte

*1954 in Oldenburg, lives and works in Düsseldorf

Project: Modell für ein Museum

Thomas Schütte returns to Harsewinkelplatz, where in 1987 he erected his Kirschensäule. This ironic-critical commentary on Münster’s architecture became one of the city’s landmarks and gave reason for the plaza’s redevelopment. Back then, the artist refused to consent to the pillar’s relocation. Nevertheless, the parking lot became part of a pedestrian zone where the Chamber of Commerce erected a fountain. For skulptur projekte münster 07, Schütte has covered the fountain with a glass construction which does not hide what it covers, serving at the same time as a base for Model for a Museum which stands in radical contradiction to the clustered architecture of the surrounding plaza. Will the model actually be realized one day? Thomas Schütte lets his models be what they are, regardless how large they turn out to be. Already in 1981 he developed Model for a Museum for the first time, albeit on a much smaller scale. The deception: Although it confronts the spectators with impressive dimensions, they still ponder what it would be like if the model was actually built – a work that invites viewers to playful associations.


The Skulptur Projekte and Thomas Schütte collaborated in 1987 and 1997, and continued to do so in 2007. After Schütte's anthropomorphous "Large Ghosts" was installed in the Landesmuseum in 1997, the artist returned in 2007 to the location, where in 1987 he installed a sort of new landmark of the city. The "Cherry Pillar", which quotes pop artist Claes Oldenburg, has, on several occasions been an incentive for redesigning the square, where it stands. Thus, Schütte revised it once again in 2007. Thomas Schütte's art has been exhibited three times at documenta (1987, 1992, 1997) and at the Venice Biennale in 2005. He is one of the best known artists in Germany. Schütte does not limit himself to sculpture, but works also in others disciplines, e.g. architecture, graphic design, and the applied arts. He combines the attitude of a social critic with an avowal of the handicraft and a rejection of the virtual.

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