Artist Thomas Schütte showcases key sculptural\, photographic and painted portraits at the Serpentine Gallery. Although the artist has retur ned to portraiture throughout his career\, this is the first exhibition ded icated entirely to these pioneering works. Key pieces from the artist's mos t famous series are presented together with new work made especially for th e Serpentine.

Over the last two decades\, Schütte has created watercolours and drawings of acquai ntances and friends\, as well as numerous self-portraits\, including the Mirror Drawing works. His drawings are often created in series\, appro aching the same subject numerous times as a means of engaging with its true nature. Schütte's drawings feed closely into his sculptural portraits\, wh ich are created in a similar spirit\; the artist views working from observa tion as an opposition to a real\, physical world that is constantly changin g. Alongside his works on paper\, Schütte will feature ceramic and bronze s culptures\, including the impressive Vater Staat (Father State)\, a towering steel figure that paradoxically appears frail and isolated in spit e of its scale.

In add ition to immersing himself in the legacies of minimalism and conceptualism\ , Schütte spent time investigating classical sculpture\, including the Roma n portraits of the emperors housed in the Capitoline Museum:
< br /> I was [in Rome] in 1992\, the yea r there was this peaceful revolution in Italy where the heads of State and a lot of prominent people were being exposed and discredited and sent to ja il. So the caricature and the satire [were] a reality...
The United Enemies series originat es from this time and portrays figures modelled in isolation but bound in p airs\, emerging in parallel.

As with many of his works\, Schütte reassesses the figurative tradit ions of art in his portraits\, presenting emotionally-charged observations of the human condition. His work brings together both romantic visions of t he world as well as more dystopian possibilities.

Schütte's recent solo exhibitions include prese ntations at Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (2012)\, Castello di Rivoli\, Turin (2012)\, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía\, Madrid (2010) an d Haus der Kunst\, Munich (2009). Schütte has received numerous awards and prizes\, including the Düsseldorf Prize in 2010 and the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2005.

LOCATION:Serpentine Gallery\,Kensington Gardens \nLondon\, W2 3XAGB SUMMARY:Faces & Figures \, Thomas Schütte END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR