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.