The newly installed Vater Staat by German artist Thomas Schuttë cuts an imposing figure in the Modern Wing's Griffin Court. Over 12 feet tall and made of bronze, the monumental sculpture dominates the space around it. The title, which translates to "Father State," references Schuttë's ongoing interest in the effect of totalitarian regimes on the human condition. Also, like many artists raised in post-war Germany, he is also responding to his native country's history and politics, as well as the difficulty in creating public memorials. However, although the stoic figure overwhelms visitors walking by, the binding around his body renders him powerless.
1 hour 29 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago OPENING TOMORROW—Landsknechte: Foot Soldiers of Fashion
The Landsknechte were German mercenary foot soldiers who behaved badly and wore whatever they wanted because their life expectancy was brief at best.
Explore the sartorial swagger of these Renaissance warriors in Landsknechte, a focused installation in Galleries 202A–205A.
21 hours 34 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Conservation scientists peel back the layers of Van Gogh's bedroom paintings.
#VanGoghsBedrooms closes May 10.