Solo Exhibition
20 October 2021–6 March 2022

Thomas Hirschhorn: The Purple Line

MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

“The world needs to be de-pixelated” – Thomas Hirschhorn

Curated by Hou Hanru and Luigia Lonardelli, ‘The Purple Line’ is an exhibition of works including Hirschhorn’s ‘Pixel-Collage’, an expansive series of works created between 2015 and 2017. For the first time, the collages are grouped together and displayed on a long purple wall following a layout designed by the artist. The project seeks to disrupt the standard exhibition format whilst making the viewer hyper-aware of their surroundings.

‘Pixel-Collage’ invites the viewer to reflect on their control of images, on their authentication as ‘facts’ and on the possibility of making visible the portions of reality that are subtracted from our gaze through pixelation, a technique in which the image becomes unrecognisable. These works, created by combining advertising photos with pictures of mutilated bodies, provoke strong emotions and the artist intends for this to cause reflection on the spread of hypersensitivity in the contemporary world.

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