Thomas Hirschhorn features in 'Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011' at MoMA PS1, New York, USA

3 November 2019
Theater of Operations at MoMA PS1 is a group exhibition that examines the legacies of American-led military engagement in Iraq. Although the 1991 Gulf War was short, the conflict marked the start of a lengthy period of military involvement and more than a decade of sanctions. The invasion in 2003 galvanized a broader international response, prompting anti-war protests around the globe. Theater of Operations explores the effects of these wars on artists based in Iraq and its diasporas, as well as responses to the war from artists in the West.

Thomas Hirschhorn is included in ‘Atlas. Cartography of the gift’ at Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland.

5 October 2019
The inaugural exhibition of Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, Atlas. Cartography of the gift presents works from the Collection over almost 3,200m2 of the Museum exhibition space. Presenting the rich collections of the Museum for the first time, the exhibition composes its own atlas, mapping the relationships between works of different eras and formal or conceptual approaches.

Thomas Hirschhorn is included in ‘Age of You’ at MOCA Toronto, Canada

5 September 2019
Age of You is a group exhibition at MOCA Toronto, Canada curated by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist. The exhibition explores how ideas of selfhood have become more extreme and what it means to be an individual today. With graphic design by Daly & Lyon and over 70 visual contributions from the worlds of art, the exhibition covers fields as diverse as sculpture, design, fashion, filmmaking and photography to performance and electronic music.

Thomas Hirschhorn: Robert Walser-Sculpture takes place for the 13th Edition of the Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, Biel, Switzerland

15 June 2019
The 13th edition of the Swiss Sculpture Exhibition presents Robert Walser-Sculpture by Thomas Hirschhorn. Constructed as a venue for the discovery and exploration of the celebrated Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878-1956), the work constantly evolves as a site of active encounter and exchange.

Thomas Hirschhorn takes part in OpenART Biennal 2019, Örebro, Sweden

8 June 2019
OpenART is Scandinavia's largest biennal for contemporary art. Whilst the majority of the Biennal is curated, 30–40% of participating artists are selected each year by open call. Primarily an outdoor exhibition, OpenART aims to propose new ideas on what public art can be, challenging preconceptions about the use of public space today.

Thomas Hirschhorn in ‘Hybrid Sculpture: Contemporary Sculpture of the collection of the Stedelijk Museum’, at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

23 March 2019
With more than twenty works by nineteen artists on display, ‘Hybrid sculpture' reveals how much sculpture has changed in the past three decades. Opposing classical rules, these artists reject notions of ‘pure' sculpture to create ‘hybrid' sculptures that combine performance, video art, and design.

Thomas Hirschhorn takes part in Engadin Art Talks' (E.A.T.) 9th Edition in Zuoz, Switzerland

26 January 2019
On Saturday 26 January, Thomas Hirschhorn takes part in Engadin Art Talks' (E.A.T.) 9th Edition in Zuoz, Switzerland. Tackling this year's annual theme, ‘Grace & Gravity', Hirschhorn will discuss the relevance of these themes to his work.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Re-Sculpt' at Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China

24 November 2018
Transformed into a communal studio for the general public, the 2000 square metres of the McAM is 're-sculpted' as a space of resistance and creativity. Within this erratic landscape of ruins are workspaces for visitors, who are welcomed to use the materials provided to help transform the crumbling space with their own ideas.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Class Relationships - Phantoms of Perception' at Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany

27 October 2018
‘Class Relationships - Phantoms of Perception' explores the seldom articulated power structures that underpin societal relations today. Tackling subjects from the rise of right-wing populism, to widespread fear of economic decline, the exhibition calls attention to underlying socio-political issues of today. Breaking away from habitual thought processes to reveal uncomfortable truths about contemporary life, the artists featured aim to direct the viewer's gaze toward new ways of seeing.

Thomas Hirschhorn at Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

19 October 2018
Composed of a huge landscape of ruins, 'Never Give up the Spot' stretches across three floors of the Villa Stuck. Visitors are invited to take a seat amongst the ruins and engage with computers and drawing materials. Combining destruction and creation, Hirschhorn celebrates the abolishing of dominant structures to create something new and inclusive.

Thomas Hirschhorn wins the Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim

23 February 2018
Stephen Friedman Gallery congratulates Thomas Hirschhorn as one of three recipients of the Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim. Awarded by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, the 18th Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim has been awarded to Thomas Hirschhorn, Sylvie Fleury and architect Luigi Snozzi.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Pixel Collage' as part of the 40 Year Anniversary, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway

1 September 2017
Thomas Hirschhorn's 'Pixel-Collage' is the third exhibition of Fotogalleriet's anniversary year programme which reflects on its own existence with a series of exhibitions mapping the different ways in which photography is deployed.

Thomas Hirschhorn in Biennale Kultorort Weiertal, Winterthur, Switzerland

20 May 2017
Thomas Hirschhorn is in the sculpture-focused Biennale Kulturort Weiertal. The biennale is located in Winterthur, a Swiss city northeast of Zurich. It will include 'Made in Tunnel of Politics', 2009, in which the artist reassembled a Ford Ranger pick-up by cutting it in half and sticking it back together with packing tape.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Medusa' at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, France

19 May 2017
This exhibition is organised around four themes: identity, value, body, and ritual and looks at the jewel and its association with taboo. It will include Thomas Hirschhorn's sculpture 'CNN-Chain'.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'The Restless Earth' at the Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

28 April 2017
This exhibition charts the experiences and perceptions of migration and the current refugee crisis through the photographic works of more than 60 artists. The Restless Earth explores real and imaginary stories and questions how recent events could reframe history, geography, and culture. It will include a collage titled 'Beyond Ruins' by Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'The Absent Museum' at Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium

20 April 2017
To mark its 10th anniversary, WIELS presents a large-scale exhibition exploring the role of the museum in society, suggesting that it is 'notably absent' in the formation of public opinion. It will include a 'Pixel-Collage' and a specially commissioned banner by Thomas Hirschhorn.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'The Other' at Maison Populaire, Montreuil, France

19 April 2017
'Pixel-Collage No. 4', 2015, by Thomas Hirschchorn is included in this exhibition that explores the prevalence of prejudice and stereotype. It suggests that despite increased integration and globalisation our reflex impressions still dominate our apprehension of the other.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Sculptures Made of Paper' at Kunsthalle Vogelmann, Heilbronn, Germany

19 March 2017
'Sculptures made of paper. From Kurt Schwitters to Karla Black' explores the recent evolution of sculptures made of paper, considering them not as models or studies but completed works. It looks at the trajectory in the development of sculpture which has seen paper used for permanent sculpture, ​​and asks whether it will replace bronze and marble.

'Thomas Hirschhorn: Pixel Collage' at Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark

20 January 2017
At Kunsthal Aarhus, Thomas Hirschhorn will present a new series of pixel-collages. Hirschhorn appropriates these images and enlarges them up to the scale of advertising billboards. In many of these, the horrific is left uncovered and only portions of the collage with fashion images are pixelated.

'Thomas Hirschhorn: Stand Alone' at The Mistake Room. Los Angeles, USA

7 October 2016
Stand-Alone is the first solo project in Los Angeles for internationally renowned artist Thomas Hirschhorn. Produced in collaboration with the Coppel Collection in Mexico, the exhibition will feature a large-scale spatial collage that will transform The Mistake Room's gallery space into an immersive environment. Stand-alone was created in 2007 and presented in Berlin that same year. It was subsequently acquired by the Coppel Collection and exhibited at the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City in 2008. This will be the first time the work is presented in the United States.

Thomas Hirschhorn is Guest Curator for the Sommerkademie 2016 at Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland

12 August 2016
Thomas Hirschhorn is to guest curate the Sommerakademie 2016 exhibition at Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland. Hirschhorn (b.1957) studied at the Schule für Gestaltung, Zürich, from 1978 to 1983 and moved to Paris in 1983, where he has lived ever since.

Thomas Hirschhorn to lecture in 'What is Critique?': An International Symposium at N.B.K., Berlin, Germany

6 February 2016
'What is Critique?' Touching on the legacy of the Enlightenment, this question will be discussed in relation to its central role for civil society. This International Symposium will feature Maxim Biller, Sabeth Buchmann, Ann Cotten, Elena Esposito, Thomas Hirschhorn, Eva Illouz, Claudius Seidl, Marcus Steinweg, and Alenka Zupančič.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'True Story' at Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico

19 November 2015
This exhibition will include Hirschhorn's 'Easy-Collage' and 'Collage-Truth'. Using collage as a form of interpretation and critique, the artist demonstrates the power of this humble process as a means to blend contradictory imagery, posing important questions about aesthetic value, moral responsibility, political agency, consumerism, and voyerism. These large scale collages underpin the transformative capacity of art to absorb the excess of information in daily life and to offer alternative models for thinking and being.


Thomas Hirschhorn Discusses Gramsci Monument in Talk at University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

27 October 2015
Swiss artist, Thomas Hirschhorn and MoMA curator, Yasmil Raymond discuss their work together on the acclaimed Gramsci Monument, a tribute to philosopher Antonio Gramsci. This summer-long installation commissioned by Dia Art Foundation in 2013, was built by housing residents in the courtyard of Forest Houses projects in the South Bronx in New York City.

'Thomas Hirschhorn: Aftermath' at Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany

5 September 2015
Thomas Hirschhorn (b. 1957 in Bern) will install an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bremen in September 2015. In his works, Hirschhorn transforms conventional exhibition spaces into all-encompassing, extensive installations through the specific use of inferior, everyday materials such as plywood, cardboard, duct tape, plastic wrap and foil. A host of images and articles from newspapers and magazines as well as philosophical essays by such writers as Ingeborg Bachmann, Georges Bataille, Gilles Deleuze, Spinoza and Robert Walser reveal his numerous references.

Thomas Hirschhorn Transforms Project Room at Museo Man, Nuoro, Italy

10 July 2015
Thomas Hirschhorn will transform the project room at Museo Man in Nuoro, Italy with two new collages titled 3 "Easycollage" and 6 "Collage-Truth", along with smaller works from a series created between 2012 and 2015. The project, curated by Lorenzo Giusti, presents works by the well known Swiss artist in which fashion photographs live side by side with war photos, creating an uncomfortable space full of provocative suggestion and visual contrasts.

Thomas Hirschhorn: A Major Exhibition at South London Gallery, London, UK

26 June 2015

In his first major solo show in London in many years, Thomas Hirschhorn will present a new installation entitled 'In-Between'. The work is based on the paradoxical dialogue of a quote; "Destruction is difficult. It is as difficult as creation" by Italian Marxist theorist and politician, Antonio Gramsci. This follows from Hirschhorn's recent new work featured in ‘All the World's Futures' at the Venice Biennale 2015.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Under the Clouds' at Serralves Foundation in Porto, Portugal

20 June 2015
Since the second half of the 20th century, we have lived under the shadow of two clouds: the mushroom cloud of the atomic bomb, and the ‘cloud' of distributed information networks. How did the central metaphor of cold war paranoia become the utopian metaphor of today? ‘Under the Clouds' explores the contemporary sublime that has replaced the natural one, and the interrelated effects and affects of these two clouds on life and work, leisure and love, and on images, bodies, and minds.


Thomas Hirschhorn at the Venice Biennale, 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy

9 May 2015
Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn has made an immersive installation work called ‘Roof Off' for the 56th International Art Exhibition as part of the Venice Biennale titled 'All the World's Futures'. Curated by Okwui Enwezor, the exhibition takes place at the Giardini, the Arsenale and in various locations across the city of Venice. Hirschhorn's work, installed in the Central Pavilion, creates the illusion that the roof of the building has collapsed. The historic Padiglione Italia at the Giardini was renamed Central Pavilion in 2009.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Invitation to Travel' at CENTRALE for Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium

24 April 2015
The CENTRALE for contemporary art presents the exhibition ‘Invitation au voyage', bringing together works of the 14 winners of the Prix Marcel Duchamp, including Thomas Hirschhorn, on the 15th anniversary of this prestigious competition founded by ADIAF. This exhibition, which takes its title from a poem by Charles Baudelaire, is akin to an "invitation to a voyage": a voyage through space, but also into memory, in places full of history and the journey within.

Thomas Hirschhorn Included in Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, Russia

28 June 2014
Gallery artist Thomas Hirschhorn is included in MANIFESTA 10, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. MANIFESTA 10 can be seen at various venues in St. Petersburg including town squares, festivals, and community centers both in the city and further afield. The MANIFESTA 10 Dacha is the mobile platform of the MANIFESTA 10 Education department and there is always something going on in and around it, including workshops, interventions, discussions, and much more.

Thomas Hirschhorn in Group Exhibition at Centre Pompidou Metz, Paris, France

24 May 2014
The exhibition is the mirror-image of the spirit of the 1990s, defined by François Cusset as "a world where 'young people' - those at least who reached adolescence in the mid-1980s - faced with an abysmal critical void had to reinvent a means of desertion and inner exile, and make this void in some way inhabitable by shaping counter-worlds and more or less temporary autonomies - a dissolved world where being sad becomes a stand-in connection with the world and is even, as one of them says, 'the only way not to be completely unhappy'."

Thomas Hirschhorn 'Flamme Éternelle' at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

24 April 2014
Since his 'first exhibition' at Hôpital Éphémère (1992), Thomas Hirschhorn (b. 1957, lives and works in Paris) has realised a great number of memorable projects in Paris: Jeu de Paume (1994); 'Swiss-Swiss Democracy' (Centre Culturel Suisse, 2004); and 'Musée Précaire Albinet' and '24H Foucault' (2004). Now, ten years later, Thomas Hirschhorn has returned to the Palais de Tokyo to present 'Eternal Flame'.

Thomas Hirschhorn at Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France

7 April 2014
In April 2014 the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles will move into its permanent home at the Hôtel Léautaud de Donines, currently under restoration by the FLUOR architectural agency. The Fondation's new premises will comprise over 1000 square metres of exhibition space spread over two floors.

Thomas Hirschhorn lectures at Royal College of Art, London, UK

11 March 2014
The last in the Visual Cultures Lecture Series from Royal College of Art in London is by Swiss-born artist Thomas Hirschhorn. Hirschhorn creates mixed-media installations, often using everyday materials such as cardboard, foil and duct tape, juxtaposed with found imagery of violent scenes and pornography.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Elevation 1049', A Series of Site-Specific Works in Gstaad, Switzerland

27 January 2014
Gallery artist Thomas Hirschhorn is in Elevation 1049, a series of site-specific works by a selection of Swiss artists. The project has been created out of the specifics of time and place and is curated by Neville Wakefield and Olympia Scarry and produced by the LUMA& Foundation. Taking place in and above Gstaad in Switzerland it will be comprised exclusively of Swiss artists.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'METAMATIC Reloaded' at Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland

23 October 2013
The exhibition METAMATIC Reloaded is the result of an international call for entries issued by the Dutch Métamatic Research Initiative (MRI) in 2009. Artists were called on to tackle, from today's perspective, the topic and concept of Jean Tinguely's drawing machines, called Méta-Matics which are among his most important groups of work and inventions. The outcome of the pro-cesses, a total of ten projects by internationally renowned and also young, up-and-coming artists, will be all together on show for the first time in Basel from October 23, 2013, with works by: Marina Abramović, Ranjit Bhatnagar, John Bock, Olaf Breuning, Thomas Hirschhorn, Aleksandra Hirszfeld, Jon Kessler, Pors & Rao, João Simões and Brigitte Zieger.

Thomas Hirschhorn: Touching Reality' at Institute of Modern Art, Queensland, Australia

5 October 2013
The Institute of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia are exhibiting Touching Reality, a video installation by gallery artist Thomas Hirschhorn. The video is composed of a series of photographs depicting shocking and brutal scenes of war. The images show mutilated corpses and reveal the human consequences of extreme violence and savagery in a way that we do not commonly see in newspapers, but which are accessible on the internet.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Salon of Fear' at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

6 September 2013
This exhibition is inspired by the vague sense of insecurity and threat and shows the cultural influence of individual and collective anxiety towards experiences and events. 'Salon of Fear' explores the artistic exploration of the anxieties of our time and how dealing with anxiety in art proves to be more precise look at this familiar yet elusive human emotion.


Thomas Hirschhorn in the 2013 Aichi Triennale, Japan

10 August 2013
While reflecting on arts in the wake of the 2011 East Japan Earthquake, this second Aichi Triennale, 'Awakening - Where Are We Standing? - Earth, Memory and Resurrection', will bring together from within and outside Japan cutting-edge contemporary art, performing arts, including dance and theatre, and opera, which manifest and resonate with the socio-political reverberations occurring in various areas of the world.

Thomas Hirschhorn Creates Public Artwork, 'Gramsci Monument' for Housing Project, Bronx, New York, USA

1 July 2013
Gramsci Monument is the fourth and final work in Thomas Hirschhorn's series of "monuments" dedicated to major writers and thinkers, which initiated in 1999 with Spinoza Monument (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and was followed by Deleuze Monument (Avignon, France) in 2000 and Bataille Monument (Kassel, Germany) in 2002. Gramsci Monument will be located on the grounds of a housing development and take the form of a temporary pavilion with a theater stage, a library of Antonio Gramsci's books, a public lounge, an internet corner, a workshop area with carpentry tools, and a food kiosk.


Thomas Hirschhorn in Group Exhibition 'Only Sculpture' at Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany.

16 March 2013
The exhibition sets out to search for other dimensions and to investigate the conditions of the museum, while also questioning museum-quality habits. The genre of sculpture plays an important part in this exhibition as the museum looks forward to planning a new building.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Modernity? Perspectives from France and Turkey' at Istanbul Modern, Turkey

16 January 2013
Gallery artist Thomas Hirschhorn is in a group exhibition at Istanbul Modern, Turkey. 'Modernity? Perspectives from France and Turkey' explores the effects of modernity on contemporary art. The exhibition looks into the phenomenon of modernity and the confrontation of artists with the modernity project, which is still valid today.

Thomas Hirschhorn's installation at 'Flugplatz Welt/ World Airport' Exhibits at Mudam, Luxembourg

12 December 2012
Thomas Hirschhorn's installation 'Flugplatz Welt / World Airport,'which occupies a whole room of the Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, dates from 1999 and was originally produced for the Venice Biennale. 'Flugplatz Welt / World Airport' deals with the question, so determinant today, of globalization and its collateral, often paradoxical effects: "Macro-isolation, selfisolation, and particularities - ethnic, religious, social, linguistic, cultural... - local divisions, regional and private wars, war lords all tend to separate one entity from another.

Thomas Hirschhorn at Dia Art Foundation, New York, USA

15 September 2012
Dia Art Foundation will present a new work by Thomas Hirschhorn, Timeline: Work in Public Space, from 15 September to 3 November 2012 at 541 West 22nd Street, New York, the site of the future Dia:Chelsea project space. 'Timeline', a large-scale collage of images, written statements, and text excerpts, chronicles the artist's interventions at urban and rural sites.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Thresholds' at Tate Liverpool, Part of Liverpool Biennial 2012

15 September 2012
Gallery artist Thomas Hirschhorn is featured in 'Thresholds' at Tate Liverpool, a group show displaying work from the Tate Collection. The exhibition explores powerful themes including British identity, migration and global effects of regional conflicts.

Thomas Hirschhorn in Group Exhibition, 'Theatre of the World' at MONA, Hobart

23 June 2012
Gallery artist Thomas Hirschhorn features in 'Theatre of the World' at MONA, Hobart. The exhibition engages, and rejects, the widely held notion that ancient and contemporary works of art are inherently different, and that we must burden the past with the weight of history.

Thomas Hirschhorn among Top Artists Holding Workshops at Hayward Gallery during 2012 Olympic Games, London, UK

1 June 2012
We are pleased to announce that Thomas Hirschhorn will be taking part in the exciting 2012 summer arts program at The Hayward Gallery. The Hayward's Wide Open School, which runs next summer from 1 June - 9 September 2012 will coincide with the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and is expected to be a highlight of Southbank's Centre's Festival of the World.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Masters of Chaos' at the Musée de Quai, Branly, Paris, France

11 April 2012
Thomas Hirschhorn will be participating in the group exhibition ‘Masters of Chaos' at Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. This striking new exhibition will focus on the role and artistic representations of shaman through the ages, observing the influence and power of these tribal society members who say they can connect with the spiritual world and cure illness through magic.

Thomas Hirschhorn to Receive 8th Kurt Schwitters Prize, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

20 November 2011
The Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung (Lower Saxony Savings Bank Foundation) is awarding the Kurt Schwitters Prize for the eighth time. The artist Thomas Hirschhorn, who was born in Bern in 1957 and now lives in Paris, has been renowned for his extensive installations since the mid 1990s and is to be awarded the prize worth EUR 25,000 by an international jury.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Wander, Labyrinthine Variations' at the Centre Pompidou Metz, France

12 September 2011
Beyond its historical references, "Wander, Labyrinthine Variations" sets out to represent certain contemporary aesthetic, political and intellectual trends of our era. It addresses the history of forms and ideas by challenging a strictly linear model or progressive vision. Instead, it multiplies possibilities, draws the visitor into zones of confusion, multiple choices and lays obstacles to our apprehending of what is real, with all that this implies in terms of adventurous speculation and uncertainty.

Thomas Hirschhorn in "It's Burning Everywhere" at Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany

12 March 2011
Kunsthalle Mannheim will be showing "It's Burning Everywhere", an exhibition of works by Thomas Hirschhorn between 12 March 2011 and 13 June 2011.

Thomas Hirschhorn in 'Too Too - Much Much' at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium

3 October 2010
"Too Too - Much Much is a work that follows my directive "Energy: Yes! Quality: No!". There are two 'topics' in this work. The first is linked to the motif: beverage cans, the consumption, the Excess while the second topic relates to the role of the artist who always wants to do too much, without coming to the essence, but who quite contrarily disregards the essence, who really does way too much. These two topics come together - nevertheless - in one form. The Form Too Too - Much Much. The form of this work is also a manifesto that confirms that the artist's practice is neither pure theory nor pure practice. The work of the artist should definitely go beyond the theory and practice."

Thomas Hirschhorn to Represent Switzerland at the 2011 Venice Biennale

23 September 2010
Swiss officials announced yesterday that artists Thomas Hirschhorn and Andrea Thal have been selected to represent Switzerland at the 2011 edition of the Venice Biennale.