Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz. Photo: Luci Lux

 

Thomas Scheibitz (*1968) is among the most important German painters and sculptors of his generation. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a kind of conceptual painting and sculpture that draws upon art-historical references, and at the heart of the Berlin-based artist’s work is a search for a new relationship between figuration and abstraction. The search leads him to not only pushing the limits of his media, expanding its potential, but also to question the contemporary relevance of this traditional antagonism between the two poles.

 

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The starting point for Scheibitz’s artistic practice is a steadily growing collection of archival material that resembles a loose visual grammar of the present. It includes art historical reproductions, pictures from fashion, music and popular magazines, his own photographs and much more. The artist draws on this archive for his work, choosing elements from it according to associative and formal criteria. His motifs range from houses and other kinds of architecture to landscapes, typographic letters, playing cards, portraits, still lifes and Japanese manga. Afterwards he submits them to an ambivalent, constantly self-recalibrating process of sketching, photographing and reworking that radically erases the elements’ content-specific references and traces of its origin, consequently arriving at what the artist has called “the edge of an invention.” The resulting images neither mimetically represent anything nor are they purely symbolic or abstract. Instead, they appear as autonomous entities that are at once figure and form, object and sign. Scheibitz explores an interface that few would have thought existed—a realm between autonomous composition and barely-recognizable reference to reality, between figuration and abstraction.

The artist shows similar rigor in his dismantling of the conventional distinction between painting and sculpture. Here, too, he skillfully allows the two antagonistic poles to collapse into one another. On the whole his paintings convey the impression of objecthood, while his sculptural objects seem oriented towards pictorial visual space. His works in both media are products of an act of transformation that radically intertwines the two- and three-dimensional and is apparently aimed at the creation of an intermediate space between image and object.

The repertoire of recurring, yet varying biomorphic and constructivist forms in the artist’s works can sometimes seem like an indecipherable system of signs. The work creates an illusion of order only to destroy it at the same time. This ambiguous evocation of sign and order systems is not an aesthetic end in itself, but rather an expression of the artist’s interest in the idea of the index and in the explanatory, analytical and coding systems we use to decipher the world—most visibly the alphabet, the periodic table of elements or mathematical symbols. In a parallel layer of meaning the works’ titles often reference scientists, musicians, authors, places or events that are related to the various systems and hold significance for the artist’s conceptual work.

Thomas Scheibitz’s works exude something enigmatic and often hold an extraordinary pull. Though he introduces subject matter into the work, the pictures resist narration of any kind. Long vanishing lines and chromatic gradations suggest pictorial space, yet also tip into radical flatness. A rigorous painting style meets post-gestural smears of color, graphic and sculptural impulses. His work can in some respects be understood as a tightrope walk—a dazzling, extraordinary path between mimesis and inventive construction, sense and non-sense, contemporaneity and timelessness.

 

Thomas Scheibitz: ONE—Time Pad
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, July 26–November 3, 2013
© BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

 

Works
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Grammatik, 2019

Thomas Scheibitz
Grammatik, 2019
Oil and pigment marker on printed canvas
140 × 90 cm
55 1/8 × 35 3/8 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Splitterbild, 2019

Thomas Scheibitz
Splitterbild, 2019
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
140 × 90 cm
55 1/8 × 35 3/8 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Masterplan, 2016

Thomas Scheibitz
Masterplan, 2016
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker and spray paint on canvas
260 × 180 cm
102 3/8 × 70 7/8 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Relief (Kopf), 2019

Thomas Scheibitz
Relief (Kopf), 2019
MDF, vinyl, lacquer
84.5 × 51 × 24 cm
33 1/4 × 20 × 9 1/2 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Ohne Titel (No. 683), 2012

Thomas Scheibitz
Untitled (No. 683), 2012
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker and varnish on canvas
60 × 80 cm
23 5/8 × 31 1/2 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Actor, 2014

Thomas Scheibitz
Actor, 2014
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker on canvas
80 × 60 cm
31 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Swans, 2017

Thomas Scheibitz
Swans, 2017
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker on canvas
130 × 170 cm
51 1/8 × 67 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Eisberg B31, 2014

Thomas Scheibitz
Eisberg B31, 2014
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker on canvas
80 × 60 cm
31 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Kristall, 2014

Thomas Scheibitz
Kristall, 2014
Cardboard mounted, epoxy resin
125 × 97 × 88 cm
49 1/8 × 38 1/8 × 34 5/8 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Gypsy Rose Lee, 2007

Thomas Scheibitz
Gypsy Rose Lee, 2007
MDF, wood, epoxy
112 × 53 × 192 cm
44 × 20 7/8 × 75 5/8 inches
plinth: 102 × 50 × 130 cm
plinth: 40 1/8 × 19 3/4 × 51 1/8 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Stilleben, 2019

Thomas Scheibitz
Stilleben, 2019
Oil on printed canvas
90 × 140 cm
35 3/8 × 55 1/8 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Figur, 2013

Thomas Scheibitz
Figur, 2013
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
60 × 50 cm
23 5/8 × 19 3/4 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
OSO, 2017

Thomas Scheibitz
OSO, 2017
Oil, vinyl, spray paint, pigment marker on canvas
280 × 450 cm
110 1/4 × 177 1/8 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
John Tennil, 2012

Thomas Scheibitz
John Tennil, 2012
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker and varnish on canvas
290 × 180 cm
114 1/8 × 70 7/8 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Plateau mit Halbfigur, 2018

Thomas Scheibitz
Plateau mit Halbfigur, 2018
Timber beams, laminated timber beams, spruce construction boards, plywood veneered boards, MDF and HDF boards, woodworking boards, OSB 3 strip products, hard cardboard winding tubes, bending plywood, 10,000 pcs. screws and clamps
834 × 733 × 613 cm
328 3/8 × 288 5/8 × 241 3/8 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz
Palastskizze, 2009

Thomas Scheibitz
Palastskizze, 2009
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker on canvas
182 × 430 cm
71 3/4 × 169 1/4 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Grammatik, 2019
Oil and pigment marker on printed canvas
140 × 90 cm
55 1/8 × 35 3/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Grammatik, 2019
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Grammatik, 2019
Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz: Zeichen Bühne Lexikon, installation view, Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, 2019
Photo: Jens Ziehe

Thomas Scheibitz
Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz: Zeichen Bühne Lexikon (Sign Scene Lexicon)
Installation view, Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, September 14, 2019–March 1, 2020
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Splitterbild, 2019
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
140 × 90 cm
55 1/8 × 35 3/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Splitterbild, 2019
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Splitterbild, 2019
Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz: Zeichen Bühne Lexikon, installation view, Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, 2019
Photo: Jens Ziehe

Thomas Scheibitz
Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz: Zeichen Bühne Lexikon (Sign Scene Lexicon)
Installation view, Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, September 14, 2019–March 1, 2020
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Masterplan, 2016
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker and spray paint on canvas
260 × 180 cm
102 3/8 × 70 7/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Masterplan, 2016
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Masterplan, 2016
Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz: Zeichen Bühne Lexikon, installation view, Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, 2019
Photo: Jens Ziehe

Thomas Scheibitz
Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz: Zeichen Bühne Lexikon (Sign Scene Lexicon)
Installation view, Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, September 14, 2019–March 1, 2020
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Relief (Kopf), 2019
MDF, vinyl, lacquer
84.5 × 51 × 24 cm
33 1/4 × 20 × 9 1/2 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Relief (Kopf), 2019
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Untitled (No. 683), 2012
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker and varnish on canvas
60 × 80 cm
23 5/8 × 31 1/2 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Ohne Titel (No. 683), 2012
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Actor, 2014
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker on canvas
80 × 60 cm
31 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Actor, 2014
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Actor, 2014 (detail)

Thomas Scheibitz
Actor, 2014
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Swans, 2017
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker on canvas
130 × 170 cm
51 1/8 × 67 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Swans, 2017
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Swans, 2017 (detail)

Thomas Scheibitz
Swans, 2017
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Swans, 2017 (detail)

Thomas Scheibitz
Swans, 2017
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Eisberg B31, 2014
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker on canvas
80 × 60 cm
31 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Eisberg B31, 2014
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Kristall, 2014
Cardboard mounted, epoxy resin
125 × 97 × 88 cm
49 1/8 × 38 1/8 × 34 5/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Kristall, 2014
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Kristall, 2014
Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz: Zeichen Bühne Lexikon, installation view, Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2019
Photo: Jens Ziehe

Thomas Scheibitz
Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz: Zeichen Bühne Lexikon (Sign Scene Lexicon)
Installation view, Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, September 14, 2019–March 1, 2020
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Gypsy Rose Lee, 2007
MDF, wood, epoxy
112 × 53 × 192 cm
44 × 20 7/8 × 75 5/8 inches
plinth: 102 × 50 × 130 cm
plinth: 40 1/8 × 19 3/4 × 51 1/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Gypsy Rose Lee, 2007
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Gypsy Rose Lee, 2007 (detail)

Thomas Scheibitz
Gypsy Rose Lee, 2007
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Gypsy Rose Lee, 2007
Level 2 Gallery: The Artist's Dining Room,
installation view, Tate Modern, London, 2007

Level 2 Gallery: The Artist's Dining Room
Installation view, Tate Modern, London, 2007
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Gypsy Rose Lee, 2007
Level 2 Gallery: The Artist's Dining Room,
installation view, Tate Modern, London, 2007

Level 2 Gallery: The Artist's Dining Room
Installation view, Tate Modern, London, 2007
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Stilleben, 2019
Oil on printed canvas
90 × 140 cm
35 3/8 × 55 1/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Stilleben, 2019
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Stilleben, 2019 (detail)

Thomas Scheibitz
Stilleben, 2019
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Stilleben, 2019 (detail)

Thomas Scheibitz
Stilleben, 2019
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Stilleben, 2019
Die Blendung des Richters, installation view, Neue Galerie Gladbeck, Gladbeck, 2020
Photo: Hanne Brandt

Thomas Scheibitz
Die Blendung des Richters
Installation view, Neue Galerie Gladbeck, Gladbeck, January 31–March 27, 2020
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Figur, 2013
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
60 × 50 cm
23 5/8 × 19 3/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Figur, 2013
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Figur, 2013 (detail)

Thomas Scheibitz
Figur, 2013
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Figur, 2013
Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz: Zeichen Bühne Lexikon, installation view, Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2019
Photo: Jens Ziehe

Thomas Scheibitz
Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz: Zeichen Bühne Lexikon (Sign Scene Lexicon)
Installation view, Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, September 14, 2019–March 1, 2020
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
OSO, 2017
Oil, vinyl, spray paint, pigment marker on canvas
280 × 450 cm
110 1/4 × 177 1/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
OSO, 2017
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
OSO, 2017 (detail)

Thomas Scheibitz
OSO, 2017
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
OSO, 2017 (detail)

Thomas Scheibitz
OSO, 2017
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
OSO, 2017
Masterplan\kino, installation view, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2018
Photo: David Ertl

Thomas Scheibitz
Masterplankino
Installation view, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, February 1–April 29, 2018
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
John Tennil, 2012
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker and varnish on canvas
290 × 180 cm
114 1/8 × 70 7/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
John Tennil, 2012
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
John Tennil, 2012 (detail)

Thomas Scheibitz
John Tennil, 2012
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
John Tennil, 2012
ONE-Time Pad, installation view, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, 2012
Photo: Axel Schneider

Thomas Scheibitz
Installation view, One-Time, Pad, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, September 29, 2012 - January 13, 2013
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Plateau mit Halbfigur, 2018
Timber beams, laminated timber beams, spruce construction boards, plywood veneered boards, MDF and HDF boards, woodworking boards, OSB 3 strip products, hard cardboard winding tubes, bending plywood, 10,000 pcs. screws and clamps
834 × 733 × 613 cm
328 3/8 × 288 5/8 × 241 3/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Plateau mit Halbfigur, 2018
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Plateau mit Halbfigur, 2018
Installation view, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2018
Photo: Jens Ziehe

Thomas Scheibitz
Plateau mit Halbfigur, 2018
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Plateau mit Halbfigur, 2018
Installation view, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2018
Photo: Jens Ziehe

Thomas Scheibitz
Plateau mit Halbfigur, 2018
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Plateau mit Halbfigur, 2018
Installation view, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2018
Photo: Jens Ziehe

Thomas Scheibitz
Plateau mit Halbfigur, 2018
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Plateau mit Halbfigur, 2018 (detail)

Thomas Scheibitz
Plateau mit Halbfigur, 2018
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Palastskizze, 2009
Oil, vinyl, pigment marker on canvas
182 × 430 cm
71 3/4 × 169 1/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Palastskizze, 2009
Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
Palastskizze, 2009
XVI. Rohkunstbau. Atlantis I – Hidden Histories – New Identities, installation view, Schloss Marquardt, Potsdam, 2009

Atlantis I - Hidden Histories - New Identities, XVI. Rohkunstbau
Installation view, Schloss Marquardt, Potsdam, 2009
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Current and Upcoming

FREITOD
Kunstsaele Berlin, Berlin
September 10–October 31, 2020

On a warm autumn day in 2009, an artist, a gallery owner and two collectors visited the premises in Bülowstrasse 90 for the first time. Impressed by the spacious floor of the old building and the possibilities, these four made a completely unexpected promise – KUNSTSAELE Berlin was born. The exhibition Freitod will mark the end of the more than 10-year history and present works by over 30 artists.

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Thomas Scheibitz
Freitod, installation view Kunstsaele Berlin, September 10–October 31, 2020
Photo: Frank Sperling
Thomas Scheibitz
XXV. ROHKUNSTBAU, installation view, Schloss Lieberose, June 27–October 4, 2020
Photo: Jan Brockhaus

XXV. ROHKUNSTBAU
ZÄRTLICHKEIT/ TENDERNESS – Vom Zusammenleben/ About Common Living
Schloss Lieberose, Brandenburg
June 27–October 4, 2020

25 years of ROHKUNSTBAU! The established art festival in Brandenburg is celebrating its anniversary together with artists from the last 25 editions, with many well-known names of the international art scene.
Shaped by the Corona crisis and social distancing rules, this year’s ROHKUNSTBAU motto seems paradoxical: “Tenderness. About Common Living.” The showcased works span from subtle interventions in the historic castle and the painterly force of „tender landscapes“ to the conservation of tenderness in mass media.

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Black Album / White Cube. A journey into Art and Music
Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam
June 20, 2020–January 10, 2021

Music rules! In the exhibition Black Album / White Cube at Kunsthal Rotterdam 35 internationally renowned artists and musicians present almost 200 works of contemporary art – multimedia installations, sculptures, videos and paintings. The exhibition reveals what happens when the worlds of art and pop music meet.

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Thomas Scheibitz
Black Album / White Cube. A journey into Art and Music, installation view Kunsthal Rotterdam, June 20, 2020–January 10, 2021
Photo: Job Janssen

Thomas Scheibitz
Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz: Zeichen Bühne Lexikon, installation view, Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, September 14, 2019–March 1, 2020
© Thomas Scheibitz / Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Photo: Jens Ziehe

Thomas Scheibitz
Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz: Zeichen Bühne Lexikon
Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin
September 14, 2019–March 1, 2020

Thomas Scheibitz is one of few contemporary artists to work so diversely with variable elements and references derived equally from everyday life and the pool of art history. His dense, often brightly coloured paintings and schematic, often puristic sculptures can be understood as montages of a freely interpreted reality.

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Exhibitions at Sprüth Magers

Thomas Scheibitz
The Hunter in the Snow
September 14–October 26, 2018
Los Angeles

Over the last two decades, Thomas Scheibitz has developed a distinct visual vocabulary that moves seamlessly between figuration and abstraction. Informed by the systems and codes that structure both the world and our understanding of it, his paintings and sculptures present complexly layered, tectonic spaces in which forms and figures hang in careful balance with one another. Sprüth Magers is pleased to present the German artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles since 2001, featuring a selection of recent works that display the breadth of subjects, references, and visual tropes which circulate within the artist’s wide-ranging practice.

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Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
mk/ULTRA
September 23–October 29, 2011
Berlin

For his new exhibition at Sprüth Magers Berlin, Thomas Scheibitz has devised a specific configuration of works for the gallery space, which he has further transformed by incorporating a column into the existing architecture. This sculptural intervention with the coated pillar alters the perception of the space and historicises its basic structure. A similar interaction between painterly surfaces and three-dimensional volumes is set in motion in object-based works such as the sculpture Terrasse (2011) or the relief If Seven was Nine (2011): by deploying the materiality of rust – a product of corrosion – or the haptic qualities and structure of coloured fabric, Scheibitz uses untypical materials to imitate monochrome painting and its distinctive surface properties.

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Thomas Scheibitz

Thomas Scheibitz
A moving plan B – chapter TWO
September 17–October 30, 2010
London

Sharp lines, interlocking diagonals, triangular shapes and grid framework make up the artistic vocabulary of Thomas Scheibitz, all of which are clearly visible in his frieze of works on paper entitled A moving plan B, 2010.

The repetitive application of the vivid red, blue, yellow and green reveals how the artist pursues a reduction of form through the use of intertwining flat planes of colour. When encountering A moving plan B, 2010, the viewer is presented with a completed work which has progressed from preliminary sketches, drawings and photographs, all of which are used by the artist to construct a ‘storyboard’ or plan for a new series of work.

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Thomas Scheibitz
The Goldilocks Zone
October 18–November 22, 2008
Berlin

In this exhibition Thomas Scheibitz has devoted himself exclusively to sculpture and the sculptural surface. A configuration of around thirty objects marks out the exhibition space in a field-like arrangement and shows possible areas of interaction between the autonomous sculpture, its arrangement in space and concepts such as scale and proportion.

The sculptural composition within the gallery space is directly related to the title of the exhibition. In astronomy, the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ describes a habitable zone of space – an active region where the surface of every planet fulfils the minimal conditions necessary for life.

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Press

Afterlife
032c, interview by Max Dax, Winter 2019/2020

Brüder im Geiste
Weltkunst, article by Tim Ackermann, September 2019

Picasso x Scheibitz. Verdacht auf Realität
Monopol, article by Jens Hinrichsen, September 14, 2019

Stalagmiten in der Schlucht
Süddeutsche Zeitung, article by Peter Richter, September 11, 2018

Code Maker
Frieze, feature by Kirsty Bell, April 13, 2013

Der Alchemist
art – Das Kunstmagazin, article by Tim Sommer, October 2012

Biography

Thomas Scheibitz (*1968, Radeberg) lives and works in Berlin. Selected solo exhibitions include: Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (2019), KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin (2018), Kunstmuseum Bonn (2018), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle (2013), Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2014), Museum für Moderne Kunst MMK, Frankfurt (2012), Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia (2011), Museo de Arte de São Paulo (2010), Camden Arts Centre, London (2008), MUDAM, Luxembourg (2008), Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2008), IMMA, Dublin (2007), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2004), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2001) and Kunstmuseum Winterthur (2001). Significant group exhibitions include those at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2019), Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2018), Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio (2018), Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2015), Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis (2013) and Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga (2016). Thomas Scheibitz represented Germany at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. 

https://www.thomasscheibitz.de/
 

Education
1991–96 Study at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HfBK), Dresden
1996 Master Student with Ralf Kerbach, HfBK, Dresden
Teaching
2018– Professor of Painting and Sculpture, Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf
Awards, Grants and Fellowships
2003 Karl Schmidt-Rotluff scholarship
1998 Hegenbarth scholarship, Dresden
1995 Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes scholarship
Curatorial Projects
2018 Der Fluß und seine Quelle, on the occasion of the exhibition Masterplan\kino at Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen
2012 One room for the exhibition ONE-Time Pad, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
2010 A moving plan B – Chapter ONE. Selected by Thomas Scheibitz, The Drawing Room, London
2005 37 x 26 x 10, former Palast der Republik, Berlin
2003 7 zeitgenössische Positionen ausgesucht von Thomas Scheibitz, Galerie Koch und Kesslau, Berlin
Public Collections
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Centre d’Arte de Contemporain, Geneva
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winterpark, FL
Denver Art Museum
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst - GfZK, Leipzig
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Kunstmuseum Basel
Kunstmuseum Bonn
Kunstmuseum Winterthur
Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin
Lenbachhaus, Munich
MUDAM - Musée d’art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum für Moderne Kunst MMK, Frankfurt
Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Tate, London
Saatchi Gallery, London
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Sammlung Goetz, Munich
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Städel Museum, Frankfurt
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam