Hermann Pitz

Hermann Pitz was born in 1956 in Oldenburg, Germany. He taught at the Rijksakademie Amsterdam and since 2003 has been professor at the Akadamie der Bildenden Künste in Munich.

As an artist, Hermann Pitz counts as one of the most important and influential contributors to conceptual art in Germany in the last 30 years. Together with his contemporaries, he developed modern work principles and concepts for exhibition. The artist works with found objects or objects of personal sentiment in order to combine factors of arbitrariness and purpose. Thus, arrangements and installations emerge, which each component relating to the complete work and, seemingly, never achieving a final character. This gives the work a sense of incompletion, appearing to be open for development and disassembly.

Pitz’s work is a result of constant analysis and observation of the being of contemporary art and the function of the artist. It is difficult to categorize his complete works into a medium of art but he approximates to sculpture and installation.

Select exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1987), the Documenta in Kassel (1987; 1992), the Sprengelmuseum in Hannover (1992), the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin (1993), the Kunsthalle Hamburg (1996), and the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld (2001).

Hermann Pitz lives and works in Munich.


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
Effective Spaces
Group exhibition
February 27, 2015 – March 15, 2015

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Ausweitung der Kampfzone: Die Sammlung 1968-2000
Collection display
November 8, 2013 – December 31, 2014

Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Germany
Was Modelle können: Eine kleine Geschichte des Architekturmodells in der zeitgenössischen Kunst
Group exhibition
June 29 – October 12, 2014

Selected publications

Published by: Fundacao Caixa Geral de Depósitos Culturgest, 2012
ISBN: 978-972-769-094-7

Thomas Wulffen
Hermann Pitz
Published in: KÜNSTLER from Kunsthandel Verlag, Vol. 90, 2010

Dirk Blübaum (et al.)
Hermann Pitz: Licht aus Bozen – Werkzeug aus Düsseldorf
Published by: Kunstverlag Josef Fink, 2003
ISBN: 3-89870-141-7

Information on shows at the gallery