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Thomas Schütte: Faces and Figures

Opens: 25/09/2012 Closes: 18/11/2012 Serpentine Gallery, London

With a fourth plinth commission and the Venice Biennale Golden Lion under his belt, German artist Thomas Schütte is at the top of his game. With work that's at once political, weird, humourous, disturbing and accessible, he throws his net wide. This first show dedicated solely to his portraiture covers various media­ and should prove an engaging route into his dark world. For more information visit: http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2011/03/thomas_schutte.html Buy: http://www.serpentinegallery.org/aboutus.html

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Financial Times“Poetic, anti-heroic sensibility resounds...” The Serpentine’s carefully chosen show embodies in its modesty and delicacy Schütte’s anti-monumental stance, and is a quiet celebration of his poetic sensibility...
 
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The Observer“Hapless, hopeless, elusive...” Schütte is one of Germany's most prominent artists, almost as famous as his former teacher Gerhard Richter. Indeed, the photo-real self-portrait painted in black and white that opens this show speaks directly to those years as Richter's student...
 
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The Independent“The finest figurative artist now working in Europe...” Schütte is in one sense a very traditional artist. Although he has, particularly in his early career, worked a lot with architectural models and design, his central concern has always been with humanity and how to represent it...
 
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The Arts Desk“A powerful and disarming show by the German artist...” The mood is always ambivalent, ambiguous, changeable and unpredictable. Instability is always implicit. We are disarmed because we recognise what is being shown, yet also made uneasy, startled and surprised...
 
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Evening Standard“There is a quirkiness, occasionally stretching into outright absurdity...” The show is sparely hung but rich in the dramatic mises-en-scene that are Schütte’s speciality, repeatedly joining his drawings’ intimacy with monumental sculptures. He captures multiple moods or registers...
 
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The Telegraph“The scale of the work is impressive...” Schütte appears to be exploring archetypal means for representing and debunking power. Beyond that, though, the exhibition remains enigmatic...a little more factual information wouldn’t go amiss...
 
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Guardian“Even with this focus, Schütte's work is full of invention...” Schütte's show is full of such uncomfortable surprises and dualities, different registers of touch and feeling. This is to be expected of an artist whose output is enormously varied...
 
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