previews

  • THOMAS SCHÜTTE

    Kunsthaus Bregenz
    Karl-Tizian-Platz

    Curated by Thomas D. Trummer and Rudolf Sagmeister

    Any history of public art must wrestle with the singular case of postwar Germany: The country developed a percent-for-art program during the reconstruction boom and continues to enjoy the support of a civically and culturally minded middle class, all against the backdrop of long-standing debates about how to come to terms with the past. This context led to ambitious initiatives, such as the decennial Skulptur Projekte Münster, founded in 1977 by Kasper König and Klaus Bussmann. It also shaped generations of esteemed artists, ranging from Joseph Beuys to Isa Genzken to Thomas Schütte. Several sculptures by Schütte will dot this Austrian townscape this summer. They may be outnumbered by the thirty-some works in the kunsthaus’s galleries, but the urban offerings, including his curated billboards in the city’s center, will present viewers with a unique opportunity to assess the fundamentally public thrust of his oeuvre.