Thomas Hirschhorn features in 'The Exhausted Man'
"Throughout history men have created countless heroic ideals for themselves: radiant victors, autocratic creators, images of God. If we take a closer look, these ideals often turn out to be a task too big, ultimately overwhelming the man."
'The Exhausted Man' is the fourth exhibition at Swiss National Museum (Landesmuseum), Zürich by guest curators Stefan Zweifel and Juri Steiner. The show brings together over 200 objects, from works by Thomas Hirschhorn, Louise Bourgeois and Andy Warhol, to Ancient Greek sculpture to explore how ideals of masculinity have changed over the centuries.
Included in the exhibition is Thomas Hirschhorn's collaborative work with German philosopher Marcus Steinweg, 'Map of Headlessness', 2011. This work is part of a series of 'Maps', complex diagrammatic compositions which include ‘The Map of Friendship between Art and Philosophy’ and 'Nietzsche – Map'. Co-opting collage as a method of reinterpretation and critique, the ‘Maps’ combine an array of resources drawn from popular media, literary and philosophical texts to reveal connections between diverse intellectual themes.