Thitz "Bag Art Global B.A.G." Project
Since about 1993, the “classic” painted Thitz Bag has taken on another, conceptional significance: The bag as a means of communication.
His procedure for this is simple and direct: Each participant in a selected group of people will receive a bag bearing a painted message. This bag is to be decorated or to be filled with personal items before it is returned to the issuing museum. Thitz started out by asking certain occupational groups, e.g. artists or politicians, “painted questions” on their individual visions. Proceeding on the assumption that such visions were already existing, he even made stressed-out politicians meet the visionary challenge. In times when any kind of communication is purposeful or advertising something, the feedback from those queried seems amazing. Reviewing his project “Dialogue between Arts and Politics”, implemented in two German federal countries, owing to the support of their respective Department of Art.
Citys and Towns like Goch, Siegen, Waiblingen, Ostfildern, Offenburg and Kalsruhe (Germany), Grenchen (Swizerland) Feldkirch (Austria) but also Miami and New York (USA), Athens (Greece) and Londrina (Brazil) were comprehensively covered by bag projects, i.e. every household or selected people (children,students) got an “interrogative” bag. The high extent of participation was just as surprising as the answers themselves. In Athens, 2010 over 800 bags were finally to be seen at the Museum. 3000 bags, filled and decorated, made it back to the Museum of the State "Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe".These bag projects mainly owe their success to the fact that no restrictions apply to the participants other than artistic or conceptual ones.
What now is the quintessence of those bag projects? Will every city have to be overwhelmed with bags? The most important result may be a factor rather unfamiliar to scientific thinking.
So - what is the effect of approaching “Cithitzens” of an entire town with painted “Questions-in-a-Bag”? The search for statistic or sociological relevance is not the aim of such projects. It is much rather the action in itself, the active stimulus to develop creativity, the challenging of our innermost impulse to communicate through art. Because the answers are inspired by the fact that the Bag will be shown in an Art-Context in Museum , the result of that "Bag Art Projects" is a kind of localized snapshot on the question: what is art ? The final installation of all these Bags by Thitz will show a diverse mix of individual definitions of art, that installation visualizes this concept of a momentary term of art.
Things may not be all that difficult, as we can learn from the response painted by a fourteen-year-old high-school kid from Grenchen (Switzerland). His bag shows the World Trade Center’s burning twin towers flanked by the word “PEACE”. It is unlikely that the world could be saved completely if its entire population communicated via bags from now on, but our perspective might be directed towards our very selves, giving some hint on our innate human value. In our globalized world, it is perhaps important to put more emphasis on the already existing global Daily Life culture, as on borders, states, skin-colors or religions.
We will simply be asked …
(*)Projects were Supported by: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung ( Förderkennzeichen KBBBK1011) Link
Kunstverein Dill-Lahn 2012
Kunst und Literaturverein Dill-Lahn e.V. 19.2. 2012 - 4.3.2012
Thitz "People and other Bags "
On 3 levels, presented the Kunstverein a cross section through the entire oeuvre of Thitz. In addition to the works on canvas, it gives an overview of the graphic work, paper work and installations of objects and bags. The bag project was very successful in Herborn - Thitz was able to build out of more than 600 bags a very beautiful and compelling installation in the ancient building of the Kunstverein.
Kunst- und Literaturverein Dill/Lahn e. V.
Tel: 0 27 72 - 5 15 01
In cooperation with Neue Kunst Gallery Karlsruhe
Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie Dessau- State Museum 2010
Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie Dessau
April 25, 2010 until June , 6, 2010
THITZ Exhibition and Bag Art Project
Catalogue edited by Kerber Verlag www.kerberverlag.com ISBN 978-3-86678-406-2 Opening at Orangerie des Schlosses Georgium at April 24, 6 pm.
More than 2000 people of the city of Dessau in Eastern Germany did participate at the "Bag Art Project" in the renowned state museum at eastern Germany Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie Dessau. All their painted bags were assembled to the Installation "Bag City" in the Museum(Photo) . Since there were a lot of texts on the bags complaining the decrease of cultural exposes through the state - the reaction of officials was to organize a discussion forum in the exhibition with interested people on TV.
"In the 1994 ’Chabola City’, a shabby hut becomes a palace growing skyward, which has more in common with Cologne Cathedral than with the poor quarters on the outskirts of our cities. Thitz lends dignity to the forgotten slums, so curiously deserted.Our reality is ambivalent. Appearances are always deceptive; the artist sets out to expose them. ’Puschkin- allee‘, a 2010 Berlin picture, is comparatively calm. An autumnal mood pervades the visual web. And embedded in the fine branching of the trees we discover messages from the artist. Banal phrases, echoes of people in the urban space: ‘wisdom’, ‘artist cell phone’, ‘global’, ‘freedom’, or ‘prosperity 6000 km’. Viewers hesitate, look for explanations in the picture, and are left alone with their endeavours. Thitz does not resolve the puzzle of his pictures. The world as he sees it is too complicated, too complex for a one-dimensional explanation. Thus the phrase ‘Art saves the world’ from the same picture is wishful thinking, a vision, a wonderful idea. We write our own story about it."
Dr. Stephan Mann Director Museum Goch
"As part of the exhibition organized Thitz, as in many cities at home and abroad, an interactive bag art project.
5000 paper bags were distributed to citizens and to students of the city . Everyone should paint the bag in person or to fill it with appropriate items. According to the motto: "We build our city from bags" - over 1200 bags returned by the citizens were arranged in a large installation in the orangery of the castle Georgium. The audience thus creating together with the artist a great "social sculpture". To participate in this project, everyone was invited. ; After the exhibition, the participants were given back their bags. "(Quote:website)
Bag art goes political!
Because of the large participation of Dessauer citizens in the project and because of the apparent accumulation of cultural and political opinions on the bags as "Save our theater" or "No cuts in culture",in the exhibition a panel discussion was organized with the Ministers and other politicians and cultural workers.
Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie Dessau
in Cooperation with Galerie Rothamel, Germany .
ATHENS (Greece) Bag Art Project 2005- 2010
The Project in Greece began 2005 with Thitz exhibition in the Gallery Angela Dikeoulia (5.5.2005 -5.6.2005) in its former space in Kiffissia . During the "Eco ArtFestival " Thitz began one of his famous "Bag Art Projects" in Athens, in ccoperation with the environmental Organization: "Clean up Greece, Athens" .
The Show was recorded by 4 TV Senders with Interviews and images of the exhibition and the project . Famous TV Journalist Mr. Makis Triandafilopoulos painted his own bag for the project and bought a Thitz painting of the exhibition.
2008 The project continued at May 2008 in the city center of Athens, during Thitz big Museum-exhibition "BAG ART" at the "Cultural Center of the City of Athens"(Photo) The exhibiton was curated by Mrs. Angela Dikeoulia (Galerist) and organized by Mrs. Karla Baer Mananoupolou (Clean up Greece). The installation as an huge "Bag Art Globe" was one of the highlights of the exhibition.
Two years later 2010 the project did enter the renowned Museum Herakleidon in the center of Athens. Thitz was invited to an exhibition of his paintings and to continue the Bag Art Project in the museums educational space.
“Marathon around the World” by Thitz.
The exhibition is with the support of the Greek Ministry of Culture and under the auspices of the German Embassy in Athens.
The bag is Thitz's trade mark and it is a surface for his painting, an important component of his collages, and, over and again, a herald from foreign lands and cultures.
With the bag, the artist travels the world. In the framework of this year’s Eco Art Festival Athens, this vision gets a wider dimension and embraces also the rescue of nature, culture and peace. It’s a strong message that is carried by Thitz's “runner” specially painted for his individual exhibition in Athens.
The Herakleidon Museum together with the the environmental Organization “Clean up Greece” organized that Art Exhibition.
"In this Thitz is a protagonist of a much wider stream of contemporary art, which is the reemergence of the human individual and of human collectives as the focal point of artistic creation. The human and humanity are back in town, in art. It seems that in new pop art the human is reinstalled back into his place, which classically speaking is his as of right. The human, and ...humanity.Speaking of the human place in art, I feel that the time has come to walk on a few steps to a painting which reflects Thitz's personal perception of Athens.
Thitz, a painter, but also a thinker. Thinking is very clearly and obviously an important source of artistic creation. I firmly believe that great art works regularly reflect brilliant minds, the intelligence of the creator. Intelligence for me is a measure to distinguish good art from rubbish.
But then it is also true that art is a powerful source of intelligence, of logical and philosophical thinking, even though less conspicuously than is the influence of logical thinking of art. If it is less evident, this follows logically from the fact that the impact of art cannot be expressed in terms of the logos, only in the idiom of art. BagArt. A characteristic trend of renaissance paintings were the vanities, paintings reminding the onlooker of his mortality and admonishing him to live his life accordingly, to embrace the nearness of death as his guidance.
In Bag Art Thitz represents not vanities, but opportunities. The various images on his bags seem like promises, even though empty promises. Thitz' bags are, however, an appeal to all of us that we must not succumb to the prefabricated promises of our supermarkets' and discounter world.
He has invited dozens of Athenians to decorate these bags, a remarkable series of individualized promises. They show us states of well-being and experiences which the creators of these images wish us. I see in them signals of human solidarity which have become ever the more important in our times of crisis. But it is for us to accept these wishes and to fill these forms with content.
Start spreading the news !"
Mr. Guy Féaux de la Croix ATHEN 2008 (Vice Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens) 20.5.2008 Out of the speech for the opening of the exhibition.
2010 Museum Herakleidon, Athens (Greece) " Marathon around the world ".
3.6.2010 − 14.8.2010 Bag Art Project and Exhibition by Thitz
The opening of the exhibition took place at the Herakleidon Museum (16th Herakleidon str., Thissio) on Thursday 3rd June at 20.00 hours in the presence of the artist.
Laudatio and greetings from:
Mr. Guy Feaux de la Croix , from Embassy of Bundesrepublick Deutschland
Mr. Nikos Kontoprias, Director of Museum Herakleidon; (Photo Nr.3)
Mrs. Irini Komnimou, greek Ministy of Culture
Mr. Spyros Zacharis, Mayor of Marathon (Photo Nr.2)
Mr. Spyros Mercouris, President of the network of european Cultural Cities (Photo Nr.1)
Mrs. Maria Polizou, Marathon Champion and Director of the Marathon Run Museum (Photo Nr.1)
Mrs. Carla Baer Manolopoulou, President Clean up Greece/Eco Art Festival (Photo Nr.3)
Workshops were organized for elementary school students to raise awareness regarding their environment.
Museum Herakleidon, Athens (Greece)
16 Herakleidon St., Thissio
118 51 Athens
+30 210 34 61 981 | firstname.lastname@example.org |
Museum Hours : Tue-Sat 13:00-21:00 | Sun 11:00-19:00 | Monday - closed
Clean up Greece, Troias 30, 112 57, Athens, GR, email@example.com
Visitors with interest to purchase works of Thitz in Athens, please do not hesitate to contact Galerie Art Cargo A. Dikeoulia Athens
In Cooperation with Gallery Angela Dikeoulia, Athens and Neue Kunst Gallery (Karlsruhe)
The catalogue of 60 pages was produced by the City of Athens, including essays written by: Sophia Daskalaki - Mitilineou, President of the Cultural Organization of the Municipality of Athens , Mrs Carla Baer Manolopoulou, President of Clean up Greece and Mr Christos Michalopoulos, Art Critic
Photos: Bag Art Project 2008, Group Photo (f.l.):Vice Consul of Bundesrepublik Deutschland Guy Feaux de la Croix, Georg Dimopoulos Vice Mayor for environment of Athens, Organisator Karla Baer Manolopoulou (Clean up greece) , Curator Angela Dikeoulia.
Münsterlandmuseum Lüdinghausen 2010
Museum Solo Exhibition and Bag Art Project "Poesie und Brötchentüten" at the Münsterlandmuseum Burg Vischering in Lüdinghausen Germany
17.1.2010 bis 15.04.2010
Opening: Curator Dr.Stephan Mann ( Museum Goch )
Berenbrock 1 59348 Lüdinghausen
Tel.: + 49 (0)2591 7990-0 Fax: + 49 (0)2591 7990-28 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
With Galerie CP Cerny , Wiesbaden
Bag Art Project
The citizens of the area have participated very enthusiastically in the project. The more than 800 painted paper bags were arranged by Thitz in a wonderfully light installation (see picture)
With its abundance of hidden details, unfurled the installation a subtle and almost poetic effect in the context of the restored medieval castle.
Museu de Arte de Londrina (Brazil ) 2009
Exhibition 9,12,2009 - 9,28,2009
The Bag Art Project Brazil began in the summer of 2010 in the middle of the favela of Londrina, as there, the children were asked to paint a bag with the German artist Thitz. Thitz traveled at his own expense to Brazil and worked with the children of the Pestalozzi school in the favela Franciscata in Londrina. That school was built by the organization
" Verein zur Förderung brasilianischer Straßenkinder" of Giovane Elber .
The students of this school did paint the first 100 bags. From the bags Thitz created the installation, which resulted in the word "PAZ". The Installation was part of the exhibition of Thitz works in the Museum of contemporary Art of Londrina
.The opening was at the Museum at 12.9.2009 with the Sportstar Giovane Elber,the Mayor and other celebrities. In interviews on radio and television Thitz and Giovane Elber could point out the problem of street children and explain the project. Not only with that project supports Thitz the work of the association for the help for Brazilian street children from Giovane Elber in Londrina. Frequently he donates some of his paintings to be sold in favor of the association. Later, the installation was also shown in Germany on the occasion of fundraising events.
Municipal Gallery Schorndorf 2009
Exhibition at Municipal Gallery " Galerie für Technik und Kunst", Schorndorf 4.7.-26.7.2009
On the occasion of his exhibition "Bag Art Global" in the galleries for art and technology, Schorndorf, the artist Thitz conducted a survey of his bag projects. 1200 citizens participated in it to fill a specially made bag with a personal or otherwise important subject to paint on it. The bags were all part of the installation. After the exhibition, the bags could be picked up again.
During the opening of the beautiful exhibition on 4 Thitz July Thitz and the jazz musician Dieter Seelow have revived the idea of a dialogue between the arts in a live performance in front of the 300 guests again.
An introduction to the work of the artist, the Stuttgart art historian MA gave Ricarda Geib (read now)
"Globalization does not just happen - we humans do it and we should therefore make it human." (Thitz)
Thitz is constantly in search of unifying elements among people and cultures. Through globalization, local cultural elements around the world from Africa to Australia, and all related visual habits are now simply placed side by side. The bag is one of the elements for the already existing global culture - everywhere in the world, people use it -to buy bread or carrying around in it all their possessions, like the New Yorke "Bag People". Through his projects Thitz receives mostly honest, humane answers that reflect the lifestyle of the people unadulterated. This Thitzs installations become the model of a localized, subjective but absolutely true art term.
The Schorndorfer Project "BAGS ART" establishes a thematic and a spatial relationship between art and everyday life. The Cultural Forum has Schorndorf . In collaboration with Centro Schorndorf distributed over 5,000 bags.
The Miami Bag Art Project 2007
THITZ started the "Miami Bag Art Project" on December 6 ,during Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Children’s Museum. The first children created their own art-bags together with Thitz and Mrs.Maria-Anna Alp (Alp Galleries New York) and with the help of the teachers of the Museum. The first "Art-definition-Bags" were hanged at the installation space in the entrance Hall of the Museum.
Some Paintings of Thitz are exhibited since December 8, at the "Art Gallery" of the Museum.
December 7, - 10, Project Information at the "Art Kids"–playground of the Miami Children’s Museum at Art Basel Miami Beach. The children have time in December to create on their bags, their proper definitions of art.
THITZ was back in Miami on January 3. All the recollected bags were integrated in the installation at the Museum . On January 4rd, was a reception at the presentation and the exhibition of Thitz work at the Museums "Art Gallery". At the ART MIAMI Alp Galleries did present Thitz work and the Bag Art Project (Booth of Sponsor Mercedes Benz)
The Exhibition and the installation closed at January 15th , 2007
Miami Children's Museum ,
980 MacArthur Cswy.,
Miami, Fl. 331325
Special thanks go to the Miami Childrens Museum and the Sponsors for supporting the Project, Exhibition and presentation at the Museum and the Art Basel Miami .
from Thitz and Alp Galleries
Alp Galleries, New York
291 Seventh Ave.
5 th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Phone (212) 206 -9108,
Miami Children’s Museum
980 Macarthur Cswy.,
Miami, Florida 33132
The projects in USA were organized with Alp Galleries,New York.
Supported by: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung ( Förderkennzeichen KBBBK1011) Link
Bag Art in New York 2007
November 30, until January, 2007, Exhibition
“Thitz - Painted Cities“ at Alp Galleries, New York
Together with some helpers as german artist Franziska Schemel ,Galerist Maria Anna Alp and Thitz arranged a spontaneous bag-art-project at the Gallery booth at Art Miami Fair. Visitors and collectors were glad of the change in the normal art fair routine and painted imaginative and interesting bags. These bags from the Miami Art Fairs were later integrated in Thitzs New York exhibition were the project did continue with the visitors of the exhibition.
Alp Galleries, New York
291 Seventh Ave. 5 th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Phone (212) 206 -9108, www.alpgalleries.com
The "HOPE" for eastern Europe Bag Art Project 2008
The federal opening of the project „Hope for eastern Europe“ of the "Diakonische Werk" from the Church Evangelische Kirche Deutschland began at the German City Speyer at 2,8,-2,10,2008 with a greeting through Mayor Mr. Schineller.
The Bag Art Project "HOPE" was the main Art Project of the Event. Students of Odessa (U) and Speyer created over 300 black and white Bags for the Intallation. Posters of the Installation were sold in benefit of the Project „Hope for eastern Europe“.
Ministerpresident and President of the Socialdemocratic Party SPD Mr. Kurt Beck and Minister a.d. Mr Dr. Heiner Geißler , Mr. Schindehütte (Bishop of the Church EKD) and Mrs. Golubenku (Goverment of Odessa) talked over the perspectives of that projekt for eastern Europe.
During the Interview Thitz explained the Bag Art Project with Moderator Mr. Quach.
The project was kindly supported by Gallery Kulturraum Speyer.
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe - State Museum Karlsruhe 2006
This Museum is one of the oldest Museum Buildings in Germany. An exhibition here is said to be a big step forward in the ranking of important artists.
In the year 2006 Thitz was invited to show his recent series of paintings the "painted Cities" and to organize one of his Bag Art Projects in the educational space of the Museum. Besides the paintings of Sydney ,Paris, New York and Hong Kong the "Bag art Project" invited all children of Karlsruhe to create their own definition for Art - on (or in) BAGS.
Over 5000 Thitz-Bags were distributed in all schools of the city and in return - the painted bags were shown at the museum at November.
In times of globalization, local features, from Africa to Australia, with all related visual habits are juxtaposed through internet and TV. On the bags we get some honest, human responses, which reflect the reality of daily life inspired through the art context. The installations will be the model for a locally restricted, subjective definition of art. Some thousands of definitions of art karlsruher students show us at least as much art as it fits in a bag.
This was the most successful Bag Art Project ever. The over 3000 bags did not fit into the space at the Museum, so that the remainder had to be exhibited in the main branch of the Sparkasse Karlsruhe.
The Catalogue "painted Cities " was published by the Museum Kunsthalle Karlsruhe and the Miami Childrens Museum.
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
Tue - Fri 10am - 5 pm
Sa, Su, 10am - 6 pm
The Project was Supported by: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung ( Förderkennzeichen KBBBK1011)
Museum of the City of Offenburg 2006
Museum of the City of Offenburg 2006
Between Bag-Cinema and Bag City
The world of the painter Thitz
750 bags finally found their way in the Installation of Thitz. These were seen together with a big overview of Thitz Art - in the Gallery Space "Kulturforum" of 600 qm !
Mrs. Gerlinde Brandenburger-Eisele Head of Museum and Gallery Kulturforum
The Bag Art Project at Museum Frieder Burda 2005
The opening of the Museums 2004 was really glorious ! The"Who is Who"of international curators collectors' community was gathered in the first two opening days in Baden Baden. Even the New York architect Richard Meier watched "his" building very accurate.
Two figures and one huge painting were exibited at this opening-show.
The two figures of Thitz "Lena and Valerio" were exhibited together with a one huge painting were exibited at this opening-show in the basement of the new building. At the museum shop were available Thitz postcards and even Thitz Museum Burda cups and - of course, the official museum bag designed by Thitz.
That was the birth of the bag project with the museum's foundation "Kunstwerkstatt". In August 2005, a first group of children began to paint eagerly in and in front of the museum on bags.
Even the Collector and Founder of the Museum Mr. Frieder Burda painted himself a bag!
Photo: Bag of the Museum Frieder Burda, designed by Thitz
Museum of the City of Grenchen (Switzerland) 2004
T Ü T E N T R Ä U M E - BAG DREAMS
Exhibition and Bag Art Project in Switzerland
17.1.2004 - 29.2.2004
700 Thitz- bags were created by the citizen of Grenchen for the Exhibition.
The Project "BAGS (T) ROOMS" began at the Triennale in Grenchen at 17.9.2003. 2004, participant citizens were inspired both by the question on the bag itself, but also by the location of the presentation to answer with regard to art and Triennial. In the form of their answers were of course all free again.Thitz asks us to approach without fear of the art. He asks for our individual definitions of art - on the bags.
Curator Prof. Linneweber-Lammerskitten
Part of the speech at Museum Kunsthaus Grenchen
Do you want a bag or is it okay like that?
The question “Do you want a bag or is it okay like that?” has of course a double layered bottom just like all good bags have double layered ones themselves. A late night dealer at a tram stop would offer you a “Tüte” ( a joint) just like the helpful vegetable selling woman at the grocery market would offer you a “Tüte” (a bag), too. The one or the other is a relief in daily life, although in quite a different sense. The question implies that it could go without a bag, too – in the first case this would be socially desirable, in the second case I'm not quite sure.
I could hardly imagine life without bags, where I mean the second kind of bags and only of those shall hence be spoken of. That of what henceforth be spoken of is etymologically the “bag” or “toot” – a horn-, funnel- or tubelike vessel or wind-instrument (1), where the (german) etymologist is only enough at the beginning because there is a multitude of bags which look entirely different and we put to totally different uses and therefore belong to other bag-types. Also not all bags are suitable for all occasions and not all bags are of a type that one wants to be affiliated with – in which case the question would be answered with a “No, thank you. It's okay like that.”, which an environmentally minded fellow human being would give as an answer at the weekly grocery market.
Let us then look at some bags a little more closely....
The more surprising is that the time we went to school which should prepare us for the hard life began for most of us with the school bag, which – not to speak of the bottom filled with tissue paper – was filled to the top with sweets. “That's how sweet school is!”, this bag wanted to tell us through its form and content. That the bag lies is what some of us knew already on the second day of school. The con-shaped bag that at first seemed like the inexhaustible and abundant horn out of a fairy-land was soon emptied and could at most be still used as a clowns headgear or a wizard's hat. ..
The learned bag Like everything else that has something to do with us humans, the bag has also a history and can become an object of scientific survey. Systematically it presents itself e.g. within the bag universe distinguished between flat sacs, side fold pouches, pointed bags, cross-bottom-shaped purses and block-bottom pouches
(1). Sociologically there are considering emotional affinity and manners among the bag-users inconsequent, carefree, environmentally aware, prestige minded and cultivated bag-types (not to be mistaken for the above mentioned bag-types), trouble makers, functionalists and bag-grumps.
Feldkirch(Austria) Bag Art Project 2003
Exhibition 7. 8. 2003 - 20.9.2003 in Johanniterkirche in Feldkirch , Installation
View of the Installation inside the Art Space in the Church " Johanniterkirche
. Bags The world of the artist Thitz
"The theme of" city "forms a focus in Thitz work. The city and its people
These "in the light" will demonstrate prestige by carrying bags with designer print on it: one can afford suits by Armani or Prada shoes: The others who landed at the bottom of the social hierarchy and on park benches or bridges , return carrying their belongings in plastic bags around with them - the "Bag People" just. Thitz makes no "noble art" let alone those with admonitory finger raised. His medium is rather the finely honed sword of sarcasm. Still, one might think of the Old Testament word: "Subdue the earth ..." And what have we done?
A world of bags...
For almost an epidemic spreads, the hunt for the money in the world. This aspect is in Thitz - installation not only touched by the bag globe, but also through music and intensified: We hear Gregorian chants as well as meditations from Tibet or Archaic from Persia and Africa. "
Eva Jacob, curator Johanniterkirche Feldkirch (2003)
Ostfildern City Gallery 2002
14.6.2002 - 5.7.2002
städtische Galerie Ostfildern
(Im Stadthaus Scharnhauser
Park, Bonhoefferstr. 2, 73760 Ostfildern) .
Over 1000 (!) Bags - were collected during the "Landesgartenschau" (Expo of garden design by the State of Baden Württemberg) and shown during the Exhibition of Thitz works in the City Gallery of Ostfildern
Dialogue between Art and Politics
a conceptual Art project by Thitz
In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Arts of Baden-Württemberg and Schleswig Holstein were sent first in 1996 and later 2001 "painted questions" watercolour on paper bags to politicians from Baden - Wuerttemberg and from Schleswig Holstein.
The reactions were both amazing and different:
The then Minister Helga Solinger made a folding screen with poems and postcards, Member of Parliament Nicolette Kressl (MP), drew a picture and added it with newspaper articles and texts, then Minister Dieter Spöri sent two small boxing gloves, the dialogue with Peter Conradi (MP) is in 3rd Round.
So far answers from : (function, title at the time of the dialog):
Herr Björn Engholm, (former Ministerpräsident Schleswig Holstein)
Painted question by Thitz "Two Ways out" Answer: Painting „No Way out“ ,Tusche auf Bütten, Briefe
Rudolf Hausmann (MP BW ) Baden – Württemberg 2001
Painted question by Thitz : Smiling Man, Answer: Objekt , Holz Notenblätter, Musikkassette
Frau Irene Fröhlich (MP 1998 Vorsitzende der Fraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Schleswig Holstein)Painted question by Thitz : " Grüne Paprika" , Answer: Foto , 3 Brötchentüten mit Gedichten
Frau Ute Vogt (MP, Landesvorsitzende SPD)
Painted question by Thitz : "Ein Loblied ..." Answer: Bild, Collage auf Crunchy Nut Karton and Newspaper
Herr Rainder Steenblock (Minister für Umwelt, Natur und Forsten in Schleswig Holstein)Painted question by Thitz : "Long live the caspik sea" ,
Answer: Curved shield: " Ministerium für Natur, Umwelt und Landesentwicklung "
Herr Dr. Dieter Spöri (Wirtschafts Minister, MdL)
Painted question by Thitz : "Retrato o realidad", Answer: labeled box gloves
Frau Helga Solinger (then s MdL Minister )
Painted question by Thitz : "Was braucht der Mensch" ,Answer: Wooden- panel, Postcards, Poems; Texts, cartoon ..
Herr Ulrich Maurer ( SPD Landes- und Fraktionsvorsitzender Baden- Württemberg , MdL)Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Poem
Herr Dr. Hermann Scheer (MP, Eurosolar)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Text
Herr Jörg Tauss (MP)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte. Answer: Text
Herr Peter Conradi ( MP)
3 rounds Painted questions and answers
Herr Gernot Erler (MP)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer : Text
Frau Dagmar Pohl-Laukamp , (Senatorin für Gesundheit, Soziales,
Ordnung, Feuerwehr in Lübeck, )
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte Answer: 5 pages Text and poems
Frau Angelika Beer (MP Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Text , Postcard
Herr Michael Bouteiller (Mayor Lübeck, SPD)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer : Kravatte, Edding, Brötchentüte, Brötchen
Frau Angelika Birk (Minister für Frauen,Jugend , Wohnungs- und Städtebau Schleswig Holstein) The answer will be installled at the exhibition.
Herr Dr. Ekkehard Wienholtz (Innen Minister Schleswig Holstein) Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell, Answer: citate , Text
Herr Frank Teichmüller (DGB Nordmark)Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Cardboard, paint, (writing "Love"), various types of paper,
Herr Frank Thomas Gaulin (Kunsthaus Lübeck, former Senator, Galerist)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Spoken inside of the bag
Herr Heinz Werner Arens, (Landtagspräsident Schleswig Holstein)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Text collage
Herr Ulrich Meyenborg (Kultursenator Lübeck )
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Texte, Citate of Thomas Mann ,
Frau Ute Erdsiek-Rave, (MP SPD Fraktionsvorsitzende)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Business cards, maps of Eastern Europe on cardboard foldable
Herr Frieder Birzele (Minister Baden- Württemberg, MdL) Fragebild Painted question by Thitz: Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Poem
Frau Nicolett Kressl ( MP)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Painting
Herr Harald B. Schäfer (Umwelt Minister Baden- Württemberg)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Text
Frau Brigitte Unger-Soyka (Minister für Kultur, Soziales , Baden Württemberg MdL) Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Poem
Herr Sigmar Mosdorf (MP)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Text
Herr Dr. Rolf Linkohr (MdEP)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Text
Heinke Salisch (ehem. MdEP )
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte. Answer: Karikatur, Text, auf Vorder- Rückseite der Frage-Tüte montiert.
Herr Prof. Dr. Breinersdorfer (Kandidat Bundestag)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Text
Frau Marion Caspers- Merk ( MP)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Text ob bag
Frau Elisabeth Nill (ehem. MdL)
Painted question by Thitz : Aquarell auf Tüte, Answer: Collage, text and newspaper on two 2 meter long rolls of paper
The Artist Thitz wanted to intensify the dialogue between arts and politics by sending out “interrogative” pictures (watercolors on bags, designed to represent “queries”) to Ministers and Members of the Federal or Regional Parliaments. Those officials were asked to use artistic means for their replies, and eighteen of the addressees showed signs of unexpected creativity. Ulrich Maurer, leader of the SPD group in the Stuttgart Parliament, wrote a poem; Minister Helga Solinger dedicated a fold-out picture consisting of post cards, poetry and cartoons to “Dear Thitz”; Member of Parliament Nicolette Kressel submitted a painting; and the ongoing dialogue between her colleague Peter Conradi and Thitz has meanwhile entered “Round Three.” KUNSTFORUM INTERNATIONAL, Art Magazine, Germany, No.2/1996
Professor Sotirios Michou to the exhibition of the Project
"Dialogue between arts and politics " at the parliament of Landtag Stuttgart.
"Art is the language to designate the intangible reality. Thus art becomes present-time research”.
Arts and politics have a common parameter; the ethics of responsibility, competence, and the freedom to make the right decisions are essential maxims of conduct of either one.
“Let us put it like this: What makes a spiritual value, i.e. a significant value, significant , is its rising beyond itself, being the expression and exponent of an overall spirituality, of an entire realm of emotions and sentiments, which has found in this value its own, more or less perfect symbol: The degree of its importance will be assessed accordingly.”(Thomas Mann)
Any democratic society is dependant on arts as well as on politics. Both are seismographic for the success or the failure of a progress-bearing future; otherwise the term “future” may turn into a threat.
Today’s artists have learned to confront society with questions instead of depicting questions society is asking them.
Dialogue between arts and politics – an aesthetic process
The term “dialogue” comes from the Greek word “dialogos” and is a purely pedagogic achievement of the Greek “akademia”, meaning one’s readiness to exchange thoughts and positions with those of others while undergoing a learning process. A-P-D (Arts, Politics, Dialogue) lost its “D” and shrank to a mere A-P in all dictatorships.
National Socialism and Communist dictatorships have furnished stirringly negative examples of arts and politics void of dialogue by depriving them both of their freedom. The doctrines of those systems combined both fields into a yoke for citizens. The prohibition of trade unions, bans on scientists and artists were the result of mass manipulation with the purpose of extinguishing people’s own identities and of subsequently destroying them as human beings.
Consequently, the degenerate society became a perverted mirror of degenerate art.
Dialogue is a distinctive characteristic of Thitz’ work. This dialogue means a description of personal history as an environmental experience. Thitz facilitates such dialogue by means of documentation, compilation, and depiction of his impressions and their review by communication.
Thitz is not a theorist, but a man of action, a painter. His painting obtains its communicative energies from the integration of dialogue.
“Art is the language to designate the intangible reality. Thus art becomes present-time research”.
Thitz himself is clad in the colors of his paintings so that his outer appearance serves as some individual piece of identification and as an acknowledgement of his identity. This makes other individuals more easily accessible and stimulates dialogues.
Thitz actively integrates his arts into society. This colorful bird-catcher and bird-seller, a “Papageno” of intermediation, puts art into circulation within society in an honest and cheerful way.
His pictures show characteristics of letters and diaries. He relates his life to his present time and thus to his contemporaries. His very picturesque “Bag Book” is an invitation to join him on many a journey.
The sensation of uniqueness arising from Thitz’ works is touching, because the basic principle of our emotional relations with life is inherent in it.
To create this uniqueness is what the artist endeavors after in his repeated efforts to capture the image of verity. The beauty of truth to life in arts lies in the truth itself, in the sincerity approachable to anyone.
We have a particular innate filter through which we take in the world around us, closely linked to our experience of life. This helps us train our capability to communicate.
Arts and politics, a dialogue, is the focus of an extensive project by Thitz that will continue to approach more parties and parliamentary groups, since Thitz, the initiator of this project, takes all his bearings from the dialogue of arts and society, both of which require freedom to achieve self-realization.
“The title is the content”.
His projects at home and abroad are akin to stage productions of reality, comprising existing and fictitious realities as art.
Developing forms and their antitheses is typical of Thitz’ forgoing the academic meticulosity of art history. This leaves room for a wide scope of associations, for creating a serene, ironical depiction of real or virtual experiences as an indispensable loss of reality.
“As we all know, the loss of reality is not a loss at all, since there is no reality”(Tarkowski) - but it can be established by means of art.
To Thitz, art means communication – life itself, with nothing in-between.
He communicates with all his fellow men, with German politicians as well as with farmers in Ecuador. The painted bags are his vernacular to tell fragmentary stories about this very life, about everyday occurrence. They are no single, self-contained, detached art objects. They listen and respond, being the language which – as the yellow ‘Tom Thumb’ hopes – will enable him to depict a “Something” at least faintly reminiscent of a global society.
The dialogue between arts and politics marks the encouraging beginning of a new artistic trend, which I personally have been missing a great deal in present-day society.
Professor Sotirios Michou , Stuttgart, 1996.