- Thomas Schütte exhibition, a real first in France
- Meeting between two universes : the extravagance of Thomas Schütte with the know-how of Monnaie de Paris
The 11 Conti - Monnaie de Paris is holding the first Parisian retrospective of the leading and unclassifiable German artist Thomas Schütte (b. 1954 and living in Düsseldorf). A student of Gerhard Richter at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf until the 1980s, he is now recognized as on of the principal reinventors of sculpture. His work is influenced as much by minimal and conceptual art as by classical sculpture and its main representational conventions. Schütte has been the subject of several major monographs and European retrospectives including, most recently, at Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2016), the Foundation Beyeler in Basel (2013), and the Serpentine Gallery in London (2012). His works are in the collections of the world's leading museums and are regularly exhibited.
It has been 15 years since the work of Thomas Schütte has been shown in France, almost 30 years since Parisians have seen it, and there are hardly any publications in French on his work. That is why the catalogue of this exhibition, consisting of three essays and an interview with the artist, is so important: it sheds light on the main features of Schütte’s work and reveals his way of thinking. Indeed, he himself chose the sequence of pictures and established (at times unexpected) connections between works. He closely supervised the complete design of a work that thus constitutes a new hanging, one that differs from the layout in the courtyards and rooms of the 11 Conti.
Camille Morineau (curator of the exhibition and director of exhibitions and collections at the Monnaie de Paris)