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Film screening: Thomas Schütte – Ich bin nicht allein (92 minutes) 
followed by a conversation between Thomas Schütte, Corinna Belz and Rita Kersting (in German)

Monday, June 24, 2024, 7 pm at the Museum Ludwig's auditorium

We are looking forward to your registration. Admission is free.

With Thomas Schütte - I am not alone, filmmaker Corinna Belz has created a sensitive portrait of one of the most important contemporary German sculptors. The film follows the artist at work over a period of two and a half years. Visits to the workshops make his creative process tangible and give space to the people who are involved in the creation of his works. The film repeatedly returns to the figure of the Nixe and shows her development from a small-format model to a monumental bronze. At the same time, Schütte provides a rare insight into his archive and the creation of his early works, including important pieces such as Mann im Matsch or Große Mauer. The documentary was being made at an exciting time, as Thomas Schütte is in the middle of preparations for his major retrospective at MoMA New York, which opens in September this year.

Following the screening, Rita Kersting, Deputy Director of the Museum Ludwig, will hold a discussion with Thomas Schütte and Corinna Belz. 

Watch previous lectures online.


Thomas Schütte (*1954 in Oldenburg) studied under Fritz Schwegler and Gerhard Richter at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1973–1981. In distinction to the dominant minimalist and conceptual approaches in the art of that time, he developed a multifaceted oeuvre that defies clear categorization both thematically and formally. Figurative sculptures are created simultaneously with conceptual-architectural models, ceramics, glass works, drawings, watercolors, photographs and prints. At the invitation of Kasper König, Thomas Schütte took part in the major exhibition Westkunst in 1981. Since then, he has exhibited internationally, including at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, the Museum Folkwang, Essen, the Fondation Beyeler, Basel, the Serpentine Gallery, London, the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid and the Fundação de Serralves in Porto. Thomas Schütte was represented several times at the documenta in Kassel (1987, 1992, 1997) and took part in almost every edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster (1987, 1997, 2007, 2017). In 2005, he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. As one of his largest and most ambitious projects, the artist opened a hall designed by him in Neuss in 2016 as an exhibition space for contemporary sculptures.

Corinna Belz has realized numerous films and television productions as a writer, director and producer, including: Die wirklichen Dinge passieren in der Nacht (1992), Leben nach Microsoft (2001) and Ein anderes Amerika (2002), for which she was nominated for the Grimme Prize and awarded the Film Prize of the Deutsche Anwaltverein. Her first film about Gerhard Richter's work Das Kölner Domfenster (2007) was followed by the cinema documentary Gerhard Richter Painting (2011), which was honored with the German Film Award in Gold. Before her film about Thomas Schütte, the feature-length documentary In den Uffizien about the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence was released in 2021. Corinna Belz lives in Cologne and Berlin.

Image: Film still Thomas Schütte – Ich bin nicht allein, 2023, Directed by Corinna Belz © David Wesemann