Among the leading German artists of his generation, Thomas Scheibitz has developed his own conceptual language that bridges the realms of figuration and abstraction, at times dissolving them entirely. Drawing from classical painting and architecture, the contemporary urban landscape, and popular culture, Scheibitz deconstructs and recombines signs, images, shapes, and architectural fragments in ways that challenge traditional contexts and interpretations. While centrally concerned with principles of classification and systems of order, the artist’s paintings, sculptures and works on paper resist traditional categorization.
Born in 1968 in Radeberg, Germany, Scheibitz is currently based in Berlin. He studied at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts (Hochchschule für Bildende Künste Dresden) from 1991-1998, where he received an MFA under Professor Ralf Kerbach (1998).
In 2005, Scheibitz represented Germany at the 51st Venice Biennale in a two-person pavilion presentation with Tino Sehgal. More recently, Museum Für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt presented the artist’s first survey exhibition entitled ONE-Time Pad, which traveled to the Baltic Centre in Gateshead, UK from 2012-2013. Other notable solo presentations include Der ungefegte Raum at Galerie im Taxispalais in Innsbruck, Austria (2010), and about 90 Elements/TOD IM DSCHUNGEL, which opened at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin in 2007 and traveled to Camden Arts Centre in London and Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg in 2008.
His paintings and sculptures have also been included in important group exhibitions at the Tate Modern in London, Museum of Modern Art in New York, MUDAM Luxembourg, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum Boijmans in Rotterdam, Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, São Paulo Museum of Art, Museum der Bildenden Künste in Leipzig, Germany, Albright-Knox Art Gallery in New York, and Caixa Forum in Barcelona, among others.
Scheibitz’s work is well represented in private and public collections worldwide, including those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Tate Modern in London, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Pinakothek der Modern in Munich, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among others.