“The aim of my oeuvres is to introduce a twisted question mark into the world” says the enigmatic German artist Thomas Schutte, (b. 1954) currently featured with a major retrospective at the Hotel de la Monnaie de Paris (until June 16, 2019). The exhibition is composed of three themed parts and includes several major series such as “United Enemies,” “Aluminium Frau” and “Vater Staat.”
Schutte is considered one of the principal re-inventors of modern sculpture. The artist—who studied in the seventies with Gerhard Richter and Daniel Buren— moves from scale models to life-size architecture and between miniatures and monumental sculptures. His difficult to categorize oeuvre is influenced by minimal and conceptual art as well as classical sculpture.
The use of traditional techniques and materials such as clay, wax, ceramic, steel and bronze is accompanied by a re-examination of classical figurative themes such as female nudes and standing figures. The subtitle “Three Acts” echoes “Dreiakter, 1982” one of the oldest works in the exhibition from the collections of the Pompidou Center.
The Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) —founded in 864 AD— is the world’s oldest continuously-running minting institution. It only recently opened it doors to the public rebranding itself “11 Conti – Monnaie de Paris”. The site hosts a permanent exhibition of its collections and heritage complimented by twice-yearly temporary exhibitions of contemporary art such as the current Thomas Schutte retrospective.
Thomas Schutte, “Three Acts” to June 16, 2019, 11 Conti-Monnaie de Paris at 11, quai de Conti, Paris, 6e.