The MMK will present the first major survey of the work of Thomas Scheibitz (born in Germany in 1968). Within this context, the painter will explore the theme of the human figure, which will be the chief motif of a solo exhibition by this artist for the first time.
In his paintings and sculptures, Thomas Scheibitz investigates the boundary between the figural and the abstract, employing familiar sights and translating them into a personal pictorial language in the course of a multi-stage process of abstraction. The point of departure for his themes and motifs are existing images from everyday and pop culture such as film, literature, music and advertising as well as architecture and design, but also art-historical models dating from the Middle Ages or the Renaissance. Drawing from innumerable archived impressions, Scheibitz transposes what he sees into a new pictorial idiom, thus arriving at the forms and structures of his paintings and sculptures.
In his preoccupation with the human figure, Scheibitz is concerned with how the painter employs abstract means to embark on the depiction of the human being. The classical human image serves him as no more than a marginal orientation. The achievements of art in modern times – e.g. of Mannerism, Cubism, Surrealism, etc. – nevertheless provide him with important formal impulses in his search for the figural, and animate his symbolic and form-like approximation of the human figure.
The exhibition, which will spread out over an entire floor of the MMK, will shed light on the conceptual and painterly development of Scheibitz’s oeuvre. Special emphasis will be placed on painting, sculpture, drawing and the artist’s source material.
To accompany the exhibition there will be a catalogue designed by Thomas Scheibitz, with a foreword by Susanne Gaensheimer, texts by Beate Söntgen and Mark von Schlegell, and a discussion between Thomas Scheibitz and Isabelle Graw.