Thomas Hirschhorn

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.

Hirschhorn was the recipient of the 8th Kurt Schwitters Award, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany in 2011; the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2000 and the Joseph Beuys-Preis in 2004. He has taken part in many international exhibitions, including the 2012 Triennial at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France; the Swiss Pavilion of the 2011 Venice Biennale, Italy with his work ‘Crystal of Resistance’; ‘Life on Mars: the 55th Carnegie International’ in 2008; ‘Heart of Darkness’ at the Walker Art Center in 2006 and Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany in 2002, where his large-scale ‘Bataille Monument’ was on view.

Other notable solo exhibitions include: ‘The Purple Line’, MAAXI, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy (2021–2022); ‘Community of Fragments’, GL Strand Copenhagen, Denmark (2021); ‘21 ans ‘Deleuze Monument’, Espace culturel associatif de la Mairie de Saint-Chamand, Avignon, France (2021); I-nfluencer-Posters’,Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Italy (2021); ‘Spinoza-Car’, BOZAR, Horta Hall, Brussels, Belgium (2021); Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Naples Italy (2021); ‘Community of Fragments’, GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark (2021); ‘Resculpt’, Ming Contemporary Art Museum (McaM), Shanghai, China (2018-2019); ‘Never Give Up The Spot’, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany (2018-2019); Pixel-Collage, Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark (2017); ‘Thomas Hirschhorn. Double Garage’, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2016); ‘Stand-Alone’, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, USA (2016); ‘Pixel-Collage’, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France (2016); ‘A Ruin is a Ruin’, Galerie Susanna Kulli, Zurich, Switzerland (2016); ‘New Pixel-Collage’, Dvir Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2016); ‘Thomas Hirschhorn: Equality Float’, Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2016); ‘Aftermath’, Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany (2015); ‘Touching Reality', Institute Of Modern Art Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia (2013); ‘Timeline: Work in Public Space', Dia: Chelsea, The Dia Art Foundation, New York, USA (2012); Ce qui vient (That which comes), Les Atelies de Rennes, France (2010); ‘Too-too Much-Much', Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2010-2009) and ‘Thomas Hirschhorn: It's Burning Everywhere', Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland (2009).

Hirschhorn's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris; Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philidephia Museum of Art, Philidephia; Tate Modern, London, England.

 

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