Swiss artist Thomas Hirschorn is famous for his energetic and crowded installations created using everyday objects like cardboard, foil, duct tape, and plastic wrap. His use of common materials is a political statement, meant to express ideas of cultural resistance as well as capitalist revolt against the consumer goods industry. In addition to politics, his work references issues of art, pop culture, and philosophy, combining them in ways that inspire thought. However, Hirschorn insists that his provocative installations are not about education or the betterment of the viewer.

Thomas Hirschhorn
Thomas Hirschhorn
Bern, 1957

Current Exhibitions

The Street. Where the World is Made

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo – MAXXI

07 Dec — 28 Apr
The exhibition gathers more than 200 works by around 140 artist to pay an homage to the street, investigated not just as a fundamental infrastructure, but also as a place crossed by multiple meanings as well as the stage of visual and physical bombardment,...

Past Exhibitions

The Other… From Image To Reality 2/3: Facing The Other

La maison populaire
19/04/2017 — 01/07/2017

The Restless Earth

Triennale di Milano
28/04/2017 — 20/08/2017

Marcus Steinweg: For the Love of Philosophy

14/01/2017 — 11/03/2017

The End Of The World

Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art
16/10/2016 — 19/03/2017

Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection

Museum of Modern Art – MoMA
08/04/2015 — 02/04/2016

Solo Shows



Thomas Hirschhorn: In-Between, South London Gallery, London, UK

Thomas Hirschhorn: Nachwirkung, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, GER


Flamme Eternelle, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, FRE

Höhere Gewalt, Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin, GER



Touching Reality, Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, Brisbane, AUS

Gramsci Monument, Dia Art Foundation, New York, USA

Break-Through, Alfonso Artiaco, Napoli, IT

Group Shows


Kombucha, Galeria Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, PL

Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA


L’avenir (Looking Forward), La Biennale de Montreal, Montreal, CAN

Manifesta 10, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, RU

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Bern Country of birth: Switzerland Date of birth: 1957 Lives in: Paris, France