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Born in 1957 in Berne, Switzerland.
Lives and works in Paris.
Thomas Hirschhorn studied at Zurich (1978-1983) and moved to Paris in 1984. Since the mid-eighties, the artist offer displays (“stalls”, “windows”), flimsy structures made of materials such as cardboard, aluminum foil, adhesive brown plastic. Adding photocopies, pictures cut from newspapers or magazines, and photographs, he enrolled in ballpoint comments or questions about recurring themes: culture, economy, politics, religion. It progressively integrates TV monitors and video devices to its facilities and now offers mobile and ephemeral show-cases works that can be placed within the public space.
Thomas Hirshhorn is a recipient of the Meret Oppenheim Prize (2018); the Kurt Schwitters Preis, Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung (Lower Saxony Savings Bank Foundation) (2011); the Joseph Beuys-Preis, Joseph Beuys-Stiftung (2004); the Marcel Duchamp Prize (2000).
He has has had major solo exhibitions at the GL Strand Copenhagen (2021); Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, (2018); Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2018); Kunsthal Aarhus (2017); Kunsthalle Bremen (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014); Institute Of Modern Art Brisbane (2013); DIA Art Foundation, Bronx (2013); Mudam Luxembourg (2012); 54th Venice Biennial, Swiss Pavillion (2011); The Power Plant, Toronto (2011); Trussardi Foundation, Milan (2008); Secession, Vienna (2008); Museu Serralves, Porto (2006); Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2006); Musée Précaire Albinet (2004); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2003); Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2001), among others.
Thomas Hirshhorn was also featured in several international group shows such as RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (2021); La Tallera, Mexico (2019); MoMa PS1, New York (2019); Mudam Luxembourg (2019); Luma Foundation, Arles (2018); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2018); Serralves Foundation, Porto (2018); Wiels, Brussels (2017); MOCA, Los Angeles (2016); Central Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); BNLMTL 2014 (Montreal Biennale) (2014); Centre Pompidou-Metz (2014); 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); Marta Herford (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Shanghai Biennale (2012); Fundacion PROA, Buenos Aires (2011); Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2011); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2010); Gwangju Biennale (2010); Museion, Bolzano (2008).
His works have joined the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; Bard Museum, New York; La Caixa, Barcelona; Fondation Lambert, Avignon; Fonds d'Art Municipal Contemporain de la ville de Genève; Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Instituto Portugues de Museus, Lisbon; Musée national d'art moderne, Paris; K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Kunsthaus Zürich; Kunstmuseum Basel; Kunstmuseum St.Gallen; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal; Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Kirchberg; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Léon; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Philidephia Museum of Art; Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, (SMAK), Ghent; Serralves Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto; Tate Modern, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.