Thomas Hirschhorn (born 1957 in Bern, lives in Paris) is an installation artist whose works address socio-political issues. Directed at a non-exclusive audience, his monumental spatial collages are made from everyday materials like tape, cardboard and aluminium foil. With his stagings and performative elements, Hirschhorn has developed his own visual language in which the worlds of politics, society and commerce collide, leading to his current practice of presence and production projects.
Hirschhorn studied at the School of Design and Art in Zurich from 1978 to 1983. His works have featured in numerous exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1999, 2015), Documenta 11 (2002), Swiss Swiss Democracy in the Centre culturel suisse (CCS) Paris (2004), the 27. Sao Paolo Biennale (2006), the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011), La Triennale in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012), 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012), Gramsci Monument in the Bronx, New York, (2013) Manifesta 10 in Saint Petersburg (2014), South London Gallery (2015).
Thomas Hirschhorn has been awarded the Preis für Junge Schweizer Kunst (1999), the Prix Marcel Duchamp (2000), the Roland Preis für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum (2003), the Joseph Beuys Preis (2004) and the Kurt Schwitters Preis (2011).
His presence and production project Robert-Walser Sculpture will start on the 15 June 2018 at the 13th edition of the Swiss Sculpture Exhibition in Biel/ Bienne.
In awarding Thomas Hirschhorn the Prix Meret Oppenheim, the CFA salutes the extreme coherence of his artistic process, one that is based on the defence of society’s democratic values. From his early collages to his temporary monuments, from his large-scale installations to the conferences he gives all over the world, Thomas Hirschhorn has developed a unique formal language that reflects the challenges of the modern world as well as the artist’s own experience. The different forms that his process takes demonstrate the deep commitment of an artist who sees his art as a form of combat sport. (Julie Enckell Julliard)