Glaskopf A, Nr. 10


Model alexandrite Murano glass on the artist's steel base

Head: 41.1 x 31.1 x 23 cm (16 3/16 x 12 1/4 x 9 1/16 in.) ; Pedestal: 120 x 45 cm (47 1/4 x 17 11/16 in.)

From 2010 onwards, the use of glass marks a turning point in the German sculptor Thomas Schütte's work: the assumed appearance of a softness and increased fluidity. With this colourful, seductive material, the artist says that he was no longer interested in just “cobbling something together and bringing it somewhat brutally into shape, so much as in making beautiful things.” Invited by the Berengo workshop in Murano, Thomas Schütte designed these models, leaving their elaboration to the hands of craftsmen.

The starting point for these faces is the bust of Walser's Wife, a portrait of the fictional wife of the Swiss writer and poet Robert Walser, whose work is dear to Thomas Schütte. They share a taste for the evanescent character and transparency of watercolour. Glaskopf A, Nr. 10, evokes this new plasticity and lightness.