Thomas Hirschhorn

1957 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Thomas Hirschhorn is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born and brought up in Switzerland, like other famous artists such as Paul Suter, Gotthard Schuh, Tilo Steireif, Serge Brignoni, and Mauren Brodbeck. Thomas Hirschhorn was born in 1957.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Thomas Hirschhorn's work, including galleries in countries like the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Italy. Galleries exhibiting Thomas Hirschhorn's work include Stephen Friedman Gallery | 25 - 28 Old Burlington Street in London, as well as Gladstone Gallery and Galerie Dvir in Brussels. Thomas Hirschhorn most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Annka Kultys Gallery | London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition DESIRE OF THE OTHER. The exhibition was open from 23 September 2018 until 03 October 2018. Thomas Hirschhorn's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris (07 March 2020 - 11 April 2020) with the name Eternal Ruins and Fotogalleriet in Oslo (01 September 2017 - 22 October 2017) with the name PIXEL-COLLAGE. Thomas Hirschhorn's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called PIXEL-COLLAGE and took place at Fotogalleriet in Oslo, Norway from the 01 September 2017 to 22 October 2017.

Thomas Hirschhorn in private collections

On Artland, Thomas Hirschhorn's works can be seen in several Collections, including Roberto Toscano and Robert Mollers. These also feature works from other critically-acclaimed artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Qafar Rzayev.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most important Swiss contribution to the history of Modernism was the establishment of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. Its initial members included Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Emmy Hennings, and Marcel Janco. Their headquarters, the Cabaret Voltaire, quickly metamorphosed into an significant centre of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a refuge from political instability elsewhere in Europe. Beforehand, Switzerland had produced some quirky and extraordinary artists in the Post-Impressionist era of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another major movement that can be attributed to a Swiss artist was the ‘International Style’ of modernist architecture, pioneered by Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier might have become a French citizen in 1930, but he was born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in the Neuchâtel canton of Switzerland in 1887. Indeed, his first autonomous projects were executed in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for affluent local clients. Remarkable Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Further Biographical Context for Thomas Hirschhorn

Thomas Hirschhorn was born in 1957 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the central stresses of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating mysterious and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly renowned figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art scene, ensuring that global artists continued to flock to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. n Japan and Korea, artists associated with the Mono-Ha movement explored on encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, arranging them in mostly unchanged, ephemeral conditions. The works focused on the interdependency of these various elements and the surrounding space, and had a strong focus upon the European philosophy of phenomenology.

Thomas Hirschhorn

  • Artworks in Collections 5
  • Exhibitions 7

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