PITZ~Hermann. Panorama MCMXCI.
Author: Dercon,Friederich Meschede,Hermann Pitz~Chris
Publisher: Witte de With, Rotterdam
Hermann Pitz – Panorama MCMXCI
Catalogue; 1.600 copies; Dutch/German. size 12 x 26 cm; 80 pages, 7 black-and-white photographs and 30 drawings by the Dutch artist John Wouda. Biography/Bibliography
published in collaboration with the Westf??lischer Kunstverein, Dusseldorf and the Kunstverein Braunschweig.
Catalogue in the form of a travel guide, designed by Hermann Pitz
Introduction by Chris Dercon, Friedrich Meschede, Reinhold Happel
Texts by Chris Dercon, “Kunst als plaats voor een afspraak, als vorm voor een afspraak;” Friedrich Meschede, “Interventionen von Ort zu Ort;” Hermann Pitz “Die Chronologien”
The exhibition Panorama MCMXCI presented the first overview of the work of Hermann Pitz. Rather than a classic retrospective, the exhibition was conceived as an autobiography of the artist, that confronted and compared his heterogeneous work.
German artist Hermann Pitz (1956) has always steered an independent course between the classical genres of the visual arts and art trends. In the early eighties Pitz, one of the initiators of the artists collective “B??ro Berlin” engaged in organizing temporary presentations and events in different locations. Often the sites as well were temporary in nature, being demolished afterwards. Creative production, planning and organization are the essence of Pitz’s notion of artistic activity. Within his artistic concept all of his works function in a permanent cycle of completion. This production process is highly self-referential. Once realized, he photographs his installations and they then become the starting point for new installations. One piece leads to another, although not in a linear way; rather the close ties between the works constitute a family tree, with each branch representing a different development.
Thus Panorama MCMXCI outlined the genealogy of Pitz’s oeuvre, grouping his works into different branches. The catalogue that accompanied the exhibition, took the form of a travel guide, documenting a fictitious journey through his work.
The exhibition traveled to the Westfälischer Kunstverein in M??nster and the Kunstverein Braunschweig.