There is hardly a contemporary artist who works so complexly with set pieces and references that come from everyday life and from the fund of art history alike, such as Thomas Scheibitz (born 1968 in Radeberg near Dresden). His dense, often brightly colored paintings and his shadowy, often puristic sculptures can be understood as free montages of reality.
They are formally highly condensed by the artist as complex image or object memories in which the visual culture of life has been inscribed. Unmistakable is the influence of Pablo Picasso and cubism. "Of all the great isms of the 20th century," explains Thomas Scheibitz, "Cubism has remained the most radical, most influential."
An open course along the similarities
The Museum Berggruen, dedicated to the art of Picasso and his time, draws an arc from classical modernism to contemporary art. On the basis of about 45 works each shows that although Picasso and Scheibitz do not combine the same motifs, but a very similar artistic attitude. Both artists understand their work as an open process, which leads constantly to new variants and updates of the solutions already found. Nothing stays static here. Both artists at the same time stick to the fundamental idea of image and sculpture.
Thus, the exhibition is designed as a direct juxtaposition of "Picasso" and "Scheibitz", as an open course through the Museum Berggruen. The differences between the subliminally reflected everyday life - the old Paris and today's Berlin - could hardly be greater. All the more striking are the formal and substantive parallels, the respective struggles for credibility or validity - in the face of a (already in Picasso's time) fragile, unstable world.
A special exhibition of the National Gallery of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.