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Ganz Grosse Geister – by Thomas Schutte

Also known as Big Spirit XL

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art [MCA]

2004 / Enamel on Cast Aluminum

These three chimeric figures reflect the world of imagination filled with aliens, ghosts and goblins.

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Ganz Grosse Geister – by Thomas Schutte

Ganz Grosse Geister – by Thomas Schutte

 

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Between 1995 and 2004, Schütte created about 15 different versions of his Grosse Geister (Big Spirits), each in an edition of three, and each of the three in a different medium: aluminum, polished bronze, or steel. No two of these works are exactly alike.
A cast aluminum sculpture “Großer Geist No. 16″ (2002), an eight-foot-tall sculpture of a ghostly figure was sold for $4.1 million at Phillips de Pury & Company in 2010. “Großer Geist Nr. 6″ (1996), a bronze figure with green patina, fetched $5.3 million at Christie’s New York in 2014.

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Ganz Grosse Geister [2004] – by Thomas Schutte

Ganz Grosse Geister [2004] – by Thomas Schutte

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Selfie with Ganz Grosse Geister – by Thomas Schutte

Selfie with Ganz Grosse Geister – by Thomas Schutte

 

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Ganz Grosse Geister [2004] – by Thomas Schutte

Ganz Grosse Geister [2004] – by Thomas Schutte

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The sculptures were initially installed in 2005, on the plinth outside the MCA’s entrance on the occasion of Francesco Bonami ‘s exhibition, “Universal Experience: Art, Life and Tourist’s Eye”.

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Ganz Grosse Geister  [2004] – by Thomas Schutte

Ganz Grosse Geister [2004] – by Thomas Schutte

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Thomas Schutte at the Art Institute of Chicago

 


 

Vater Staat - by Thomas Schutte

Vater Staat – by Thomas Schutte

 

Vater Staat.. For more, click here..

 

Bronze Woman No. 17 - by Thomas Schutte

Bronze Woman No. 17 – by Thomas Schutte

 

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Bronze Woman No. 17, is part of a series of large scale, contorted figures of woman that Schutte cast in bronze, steel and aluminum. Referred to by the artist as “Stahlfrau” [Steel Woman] or “Bronzefrau” [Bronze Woman], the ambiguous figure play with the notions of classical nude female forms, apparently reclining, sitting, and kneeling as was done by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, and Pablo Picasso.. He beautifully rendered head and face of Bronze Woman No. 17, but contrasts the face with the rest of her form, which remains fluid and vague, ever shape-shifting.

 Bronze Woman No. 17 .. For more, click here..

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Urns - by Thomas Schutte

Urns – by Thomas Schutte

 


 

Related Links:
MCA: Sculpture Garden.. click here..
MCA: Ganz Grosse Geister – by Thomas Schutte.. click here..
MCA: Staircase by Josef Paul Kleihues.. click here..
MCA: Plaza Project.. click here..

 


 

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