Thomas Hirschhorn

Thomas Hirschhorn

Swiss
b. 1957
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Overview

Best known for his sculptural constructions produced from disposable mass manufactured goods, Thomas Hirschhorn gathers together references and imagery culled from popular media with the work of radical theorists such as Gilles Deleuze and Georges Bataille.

Best known for his sculptural constructions produced from disposable mass manufactured goods, Thomas Hirschhorn gathers together references and imagery culled from popular media with the work of radical theorists such as Gilles Deleuze and Georges Bataille.

Thomas Hirschhorn was born in 1957 in Bern, Switzerland. He now lives and works in Paris, France.

Hirschhorn is widely regarded as a leading artist of his generation. He uses everyday and found materials such as plastic sheeting, cardboard, aluminium, packing tape and magazine images to create a dystopian reality. The process of making remains visible and becomes a metaphor for the individual and collective struggle to establish democracy. Implicated in Hirschhorn's work, viewers are obliged to consume and reflect upon that which they may have hitherto been able to ignore in their daily lives. The disparity between the viewer and the bombardment of blown-up imagery reminds us of how distant and removed we can feel when confronted with such imagery.

Thomas Hirschhorn was born in 1957 in Bern, Switzerland. He now lives and works in Paris, France.

Hirschhorn is widely regarded as a leading artist of his generation. He uses everyday and found materials such as plastic sheeting, cardboard, aluminium, packing tape and magazine images to create a dystopian reality. The process of making remains visible and becomes a metaphor for the individual and collective struggle to establish democracy. Implicated in Hirschhorn's work, viewers are obliged to consume and reflect upon that which they may have hitherto been able to ignore in their daily lives. The disparity between the viewer and the bombardment of blown-up imagery reminds us of how distant and removed we can feel when confronted with such imagery.

Hirschhorn will have a solo exhibition at MAAXI, Rome, Italy in October 2021. Hirschhorn transformed a gallery of the GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark in March 2021 with a labyrinthine site-specific work titled ‘Community of Fragments’. In February 2021 ‘Spinoza-Car’ was installed at Horta Hall, Brussels, Belgium. In September 2020 his vast ‘World Airport’ went on display as part of the newly presented permanent collection of Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg. In 2019 a major work titled ‘Robert Walser-Sculpture’ was unveiled at Place de la Gare, Biel/ Bienne. Other notable solo projects include ‘In-Between', South London Gallery, London in 2015 and ‘Gramsci Monument', a major public installation presented in 2013 by Dia Art Foundation at a New York City Housing Authority development in the Bronx, New York.

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