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Thomas Schütte, Ferienhaus für Terroristen (Vacation House for Terrorists), 2009, wood, fabric, 11' 5 3/4“ x 59' 2 3/4” x 26' 9 1/4". Photo: David Ertl.

Thomas Schütte

Thomas Schütte, Ferienhaus für Terroristen (Vacation House for Terrorists), 2009, wood, fabric, 11' 5 3/4“ x 59' 2 3/4” x 26' 9 1/4". Photo: David Ertl.

FOR THOMAS SCHÜTTE, the architectural model functions as a prototype world, one in which ordinary notions of space and scale are subverted and the relationship between signifier and signified is offered up for interpretation. His models—like his sculptures, installations, photographs, and works on paper—display both an obscure taciturnity and a pronounced eloquence in their incorporation of seemingly explicit and literal titles, inscriptions, banners, and other lures. The title of his show at the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, “Big Buildings—Models and Views,” combines the titles of two works (from 1989 and 1982, respectively). Promising multiple “views,” Schütte draws attention to the specific trail the show weaves through his multifaceted, idiosyncratic oeuvre (comprehensively showcased earlier this year in a retrospective at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía,

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