Critical Issuses in Public Art presents: Thomas Hirschhorn

Four Monuments of Great Thinkers

In his lecture, Thomas Hirschhorn will talk and show pictures of the Gramsci Monument which he executed in June 2013 at Forest Houses in The Bronx, New York, following his guidelines in “Presence and production”.

The Gramsci Monument is the last of the four monuments series to philosophers: Antonio Gramsci, Baruch de Spinoza (Spinoza Monument, Amsterdam 1999), Gilles Deleuze (Deleuze Monument, Avignon 2000) og Georges Bataille (Bataille Monument, Kassel, 2002).

Thomas Hirschhorn was born in 1957 in Bern (Switzerland). He studied at the Schule für Gestaltung, Zürich from 1978 to 1983 and moved to Paris in 1984, where he has been living since. His work has been shown in numerous museums, galleries and group exhibitions among which the Venice Biennale (1999), Documenta (2002), Sao Paolo Biennale (2006), Carnegie International (2008), the Swiss Pavillion at the 54th Venice bienniale (2011), La Triennale at Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2012), Shanghai biennale (2012) and Gladstone Gallery in New York (2012). In 2013 Thomas Hirschhorn presented the Gramsci Monument in the Bronx, New York. A selection of his writings has recently been published by MIT Press (October Books): Critical Laboratory: The Writings of Thomas Hirschhorn.

With each exhibition – in museums, galleries, alternative spaces – as well as with specific works in public space, Thomas Hirschhorn asserts his commitment toward a non-exclusive public. Thomas Hirschhorn has received different awards and prizes, among which: Preis für Junge Schweizer Kunst (1999), Prix Marcel Duchamp (2000), Rolandpreis für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum (2003), Joseph Beuys Preis (2004) and the Kurt Scwitters Preis (2011).


Thursday, March 20th, 2014


Kristian Augusts gate 23, 8th floor, Oslo, Norway

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