Thomas Hirschhorn – Artist Profile

Thomas Hirschhorn Swiss, b. 1957, Bern, Switzerland, based in Paris, France



Using his signature materials of plywood, cardboard, aluminum foil, packing tape, and copious photocopies, Thomas Hirschhorn makes installations that advance pointed critiques of the global military-industrial complex. Hirschhorn’s works overflow with imagery and text, created with a deliberately slap-dash DIY aesthetic and often incorporating the writings of such Leftist philosophers as Antonio Gramsci and Georges Bataille. The over-abundance of ideas and images in Hirschhorn’s installations mimics the media saturation of contemporary life and highlights the desensitization that consumers experience as a result. For Laundrette (2001), the artist transformed the gallery space into a facsimile of a typical Laundromat, complete with drab linoleum floor, garbage bins, and chained up plastic chairs, juxtaposed with the phrases from Marxist writings adorning the walls.
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Hirschhorn’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Centre Georges Pompidou, ParisMuseu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; Kunsthaus ZürichArt Institute of ChicagoMuseum Ludwig, Cologne; and Wiener Secession, Vienna. In the summer of 2009, his work Cavemanman was recreated for the exhibition Walking in my Mind at London’s Hayward Gallery.[5]

The Hardt Selected photos of this insane madman genius work below:




Biography Below


Born in Bern, Switzerland
Schule für Gestaltung, Zurich
Preis für Junge Schweizer Kunst, juried by Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft Exposition Wirtschaftslandschaft Davos, 2001 at the Kunsthaus Zürich
Prix Marcel Duchamp, juried by l’Adiaf, Paris
“Rolandpreis für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum,” awarded by Stiftung Bremer Bildhauerpreis, Bremen
Joseph Beuys-Preis, awarded by Joseph Beuys-Stiftung, Basel
Lives in Paris, France

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