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.
Hirschhorn, who lives in Paris, sees art as a political-social obligation, and uses his works to show aspects of justice and injustice, power and powerlessness, and moral responsibility. Thomas Hirschhorn received the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2000 and the Joseph Beuys Prize in 2004. Most recently he has constructed much-discussed installations at the Schinkel Pavilion in Berlin and at Manifesta 10 in Saint Petersburg (both in 2014). In 2011 he represented Switzerland at the 54th Venice Biennale and he showed his “Bataille Monument” at the Documenta11 in Kassel in 2002.
An exhibition by the Supporters’ Circle for Contemporary Art in the Kunstverein Bremen
With generous support from:
Schweizer Kulturstiftung prohelvetia
Walter A. Bechtler-Stiftung, Schweiz