Thomas Schütte is born in Oldenburg, north-west Germany.
Visits Documenta V in Kassel, sees “Questioning Reality – Pictorial Worlds Today”, staged by Harald Szeemann, which is pivotal to Schütte’s decision to become an artist.
Enrols at the Academy in Düsseldorf, where his teachers include Gerhard Richter.
Graduates from the Academy. Invited by Kasper König to the exhibition Westkunst in Cologne.
Solo exhibition in New York for the first time, at Marian Goodman Gallery.
A breakthrough at Documenta IX, organised by Jan Hoet on the motto “From body to body to bodies”. Gets a scholarship and goes to Rome.
Awarded the Kurt-Schwitters-Preis für Bildende Kunst der Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung.
Awarded the Golden Lion for best artist at the Venice Biennale.
Makes Model for a Hotel for the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square in London.
Starts designing and establishes his own foundation and sculpture hall.
Skulpturenhalle near Düsseldorf opens.