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Thomas Schütte

A remarkable print installation by a leading German artist

Thomas Schütte

A remarkable print installation by a leading German artist

The Whitworth boasts an outstanding print collection that ranges from Italian and Northern Renaissance prints through to contemporary works by leading British and international artists. Low Tide Wandering, a series of etchings by the leading German artist Thomas Schütte, promises to be one of the most remarkable print installations of recent years.

After drawing in sketchbooks as a form of visual diary for several years, in 2001 Schütte changed his practice and began to use etching. For Low Tide Wandering, Schütte produced 139 images that range from views of the sea, through quirky portraits of friends and acquaintances, to flower studies – all everyday subjects. World events of 2001, including the dramatic attack on the Twin Towers in New York, also intrude into these personal preoccupations.

The installation of Low Tide Wandering – with the separate etchings suspended just above head height from taut wires encompassing the whole gallery, asks the viewer to move around the space in an unfamiliar way – as they follow the meandering route of Schütte's state of mind over the course of a year.

Thomas Schütte's Low Tide Wandering is on loan from Tate.

Thomas Schütte’s installation runs from 14 February to 19 July 2015. Free entry.