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Hutter Schang


Schang Hutter (1934-2021) is regarded as one of the most prominent Swiss sculptors of the 20th century. After an apprenticeship as a stone sculptor in his parents' business and studying at the Berne School of Arts and Crafts, Hutter moved to Munich in 1954, where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts. From the early 1980s, Schang Hutter lived in Hamburg and Berlin. In 1999, he moved to Genoa (I), where he lived and worked alongside sporadic stays in Switzerland. His confrontation with the post-war situation in Germany, in particular his encounters with war invalids, left a lasting impression on him. Injury and the vulnerability of human beings in their personal and social existence became the leitmotif of the artist's work, which from then on aimed to "give space to this vulnerability".

In terms of pictorial language, he usually visualises people as filigree figures, while the compositions unfold their impact far beyond the actual sculptural space thanks to their expansive, graphic dynamics and unmistakable artistic style. While Hutter's works are always characterised by critical political, social and existential issues, his works often have an almost tender and occasionally even humorous component. At the 9th Swiss Triennial of Sculpture, Hutter's work will be on display in Bad Ragaz and Vaduz with several sculptures from different creative phases.


«I want to give vulnerability space, I want to fill this space: with consideration, with acceptance, with understanding and love. That way, being there for each other could drive out selfishness.»

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