THOMAS SCHÜTTE | WICHTE
bronze and steel
26 by 19⅝ by 12⅝ in. 66 by 49.8 by 32.1 cm.
Executed in 2006, this work is the artist's proof from an edition of 6, plus 1 artist's proof.
This work is in very good and sound condition overall. The bronze head exhibits oxidation throughout, inherent to the artist’s chosen material. There are scuffs and minor surface scratches to the steel base, which has weathered over time, which is consistent with use. Under close inspection, two inconsistencies in the surface are visible on the figure’s proper right side: below the ear on its head.
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Collection of the artist
Jablonka Gallery, Cologne
Private Collection, Switzerland
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Exh. Cat., Snoeck, Cologne, Thomas Schütte: Big Buildings, Model and Views 1980-2010, 2010, p. 259, illustrated in color
Paris, Nelson-Freeman Gallery, Thomas Schütte, April - June 2007 (another example exhibited)
Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Thomas Schütte: Hindsight, February - May 2010, p. 160, illustrated in color (another example exhibited)
Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Permanent Display, February 2010 - Present (another example exhibited)
New York, Skarstedt Gallery, Thomas Schütte: Selected Work, September - October 2010 (another example exhibited)
London, Serpentine Gallery, Thomas Schütte: Faces & Figures, September - November 2012, p. 103, illustrated in color (another example exhibited)
Berlin, Jarla Partilager, Thomas Schütte: With Tears in My Ears, September 2012 - June 2013, n.p., illustrated in color (another example exhibited)
Riehen, Fondation Beyeler, Thomas Schütte, October 2013 - February 2014, p. 131, illustrated in color (another example exhibited)
Stockholm, Moderna Museet, Thomas Schütte: United Enemies, October 2016 - January 2017, p. 110, illustrated in color (another example exhibited)