“Catastrophe and the Power of Art” Work #1: Thomas Hirschhorn Collapse
Born 1957 in Bern, Switzerland, and currently based in Paris.
In this new work dealing with the theme of destruction, the front wall of a two-story building has collapsed, allowing us to see the previously hidden interior. Looking at the rubble closely, the viewer notices that the work is made from materials such as cardboard. This brings to mind the abstract nature of this work that cannot be captured by the word “reality.” Because it is not clearly indicated whether the destruction depicted in the work is due to war or a natural disaster such as an earthquake, the rubble exists as something universal released from specifics of time or place. In the room there are banners with various quotations, which suggest the indivisibility of destruction and creativity for this artist.