On February 4, 1999, Dia Center for the Arts will open to the public the second part of an exhibition of the work of German artist Thomas Schütte. This installation, entitled "Gloria in Memoria," will be on view on the fourth floor of Dia's galleries at 548 West 22nd Street, New York City, until June 13, 1999. Part III of the exhibition will open in September 1999 and will remain on view through March 2000. As of February 17, 1999, Dia's public opening hours will be expanded to Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon until 6 pm.
The first part of Dia's eighteen-month exhibition introduced the work of Thomas Schütte, one of the leading European artists of his generation, to new audiences. Schütte's work ranges widely, from early architectural installations to small-scale modeled figures and proposals for monuments, from extensive series of watercolors to banners, flags, and photographs. Although his art relates to many of the canonical genres of sculpture, like statuary or memorials, figurine or architectural embellishment, he typically undermines these familiar forms in order to reinvent them.
This second phase of the exhibition, "Gloria in Memoria," will include memorials and related forms, such as monuments commemorating individuals, as well as works of a more generic, existential import. Fabricated over more than a decade, these diverse monuments take many different forms, but attest to the artist's ongoing preoccupation with history, memory, mourning, and loss, and the problematics surrounding the construction of memorials in our contemporary world.
Finally, in the third installation, a new body of figure sculpture will be shown together with new works on paper. These will be complemented by examples from Schütte's much-acclaimed series United Enemies, small, puppetlike wax figures, presented both as sculpture and, in closeup, in a suite of large-scale photographs.
Thomas Schütte was born in Oldenburg, Germany, in 1954. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in Europe, and he participated in both Documenta 9 (1987) and Documenta 10 (1997) in Kassel. This three-part exhibition at Dia Center for the Arts will be his most substantial to date.
Support for this project has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, the members of the Dia Art Council and the Next Decade Fund, with additional assistance from Marian Goodman Gallery.
Dia Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt charitable organization. Established in 1974, the organization has become one of the largest in the United States dedicated to contemporary art and contemporary culture. In fulfilling this commitment, Dia sustains diverse programming in visual arts, poetry, education, and critical discourse and debate.
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