Thomas Schütte

Hamburger Kunsthalle

This exhibition presented what are usually considered Thomas Schütte’s first figurative works: the kneaded busts and figures as well as Mann im Matsch (Man in mud, 1982). Additional pieces included his proposal Monument für einen verschollenen Seefahrer (Monument for a lost sailor, 1989); and his proposal for a fountain entitled Weinende Frau (Crying woman, 1989). Lager (Stock, 1978) and Hauptstadt II (Capital II, 1984) are both nonfigurative works; in the context of this show they functioned as commentaries on the underlying purpose of the institution. Lager was installed at the foot of the steps to the permanent collection, while Hauptstadt II was placed between the doors to the administrative offices. The large terra-cotta figures also commented on the whole process behind mounting an exhibition: placed in the entrance rotunda, they stood on simple wooden crates, ready for transport—several

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