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Thomas Hirschhorn

Thomas Hirschhorn was born in 1957 in Berne, Switzerland, he lives and works in Aubervilliers, France.

Flugplatz Welt / World Airport deals with the question - so determinant today - of globalization and its collateral, often paradoxical effects: “Macro-isolation, selfisolation, and particularities - ethnic, religious, social, linguistic, cultural... - local divisions, regional and private wars, war lords all tend to separate one entity from another. This shrinkage and splitting is what I wished to explore in Flugplatz Welt / World Airport”, the artist explains. However, certain elements provide guidelines (of reflection): the altars represent specific dimensions (spirit - body - soul), the assorted books invite reading, while the silver spoons are meant to be an ironic reflection of the expression according to which some are born with them in their mouths, tracing a demarcation line in this globalized and interconnected world which decides between winners and losers. Flugplatz Welt / World Airport is not however an overtly political artwork in the sense that it doesn’t take a position and, because of its plethoric nature, denies any explicit and singular reading.


  1. Thomas Hirschhorn, "Flugplatz Welt/World Airport", 1999. Collection Mudam, Acquisition 2000. Vue de l’exposition au Mudam, 21.11.2012 – 26.05.2013
    Thomas Hirschhorn World airport | Flugplatz Welt, 1999

    Bois, carton, aluminium, néons, plastique, peinture, adhésifs, imprimés, photographies, téléviseurs, livres, seaux en plastique
    Dimensions variables
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2000
    © Photos : Thomas Hirschhorn

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