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From Thomas Hirschhorn's exhibition. Mannequins are dressed in wedding dresses which are covered in pictures of burning buildings. There is a large, fake, chopped down tree on the ground behind them.

Thomas Hirschhorn

It's Burning Everywhere

19 September - 29 November 2009

Internationally acclaimed artist Thomas Hirschhorn presented his first ever solo exhibition in a UK public art gallery at Dundee Contemporary Arts this autumn.  Hirschhorn is best known for producing exceptional works combining everyday materials such as cardboard, tin foil, mannequins, strip lights, clothing and parcel tape with found images and text to make reference to a philosophical, cultural or political point of view. Hirschhorns’ overwhelming and sometimes controversial approach has won him worldwide recognition and several prestigious awards.

Thomas Hirschhorn' exhibition. The walls are decorated to look like wood. There are chopped-up tree trunks with the words 'war' and 'peace' spray-painted on them. There is a pile of deconstructed mannequins in the corner.

Hirschhorn will also re-present Substitution 2 (The Unforgettable) in DCA’s smaller gallery. This work was originally shown at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London in 2007. Also on display will be his powerful Ur Collages which counterpoint found images from fashion with often horrific scenes of carnage from war-zones.

Thomas Hirschhorn was born in Bern, Switzerland in 1957 and lives and works in Paris, France. He studied at the Schule für Gestaltung, Zürich and has received both the Joseph Beuys Prize (2004) and Marcel Duchamp Prize (2000). He has exhibited internationally, including shows at the: Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Museum Of Modern Art, New York; ICA, London; Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg; and the Pompidou Centre, Paris.

Preview of this exhibition in the Guardian

Preview of this exhibition in the Herald

Exhibition presented in association with Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Exhibition is in receipt of additional support from Pro Helvetia

Private view supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Edinburgh

From Thomas Hirschhorn's exhibition. There is a collection of small wooden ornaments and baskets on a mat on the floor. There's also a tree stump with the word 'PEACE' spray painted on it.

Artist Video | Thomas Hirschhorn on It's Burning Everywhere

Exhibition images

From Thomas Hirschhorn's exhibition. A cut-out of a man wearing a sign that says 'How to spot a Liar'. There is also a large cardboard love heart, with many image of people on it.
From Thomas Hirschhorn's exhibition. Mannequins are dressed in wedding dresses which are covered in pictures of burning buildings. There are plastic bottles in the corner of he room, and a large tree.
Naked mannequins are displayed with signs beneath them that say either 'police officer', 'military' or 'civillian'. The mannequins are hollowed out in the middle. Next to the standing mannequins, there is a pile of deconstructed mannequins lying in a heap.
Thomas Hirschhorn' exhibition. The walls are decorated to look like wood. There are chopped-up tree trunks with the words 'war' and 'peace' spray-painted on them. There is a pile of deconstructed mannequins in the corner.
From Thomas Hirschhorn's exhibition. Mannequins are dressed in wedding dresses which are covered in pictures of burning buildings. There is a large, fake, chopped down tree on the ground behind them.
From Thomas Hirschhorn's exhibition. There is a collection of small wooden ornaments and baskets on a mat on the floor. There's also a tree stump with the word 'PEACE' spray painted on it.