Michael Hirschbich­ler was born in Graz (Aus­tria) in 1983 and grew up in Ger­many. He stud­ied at ETH Zurich, Hum­boldt Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin and Uni­ver­sität der Kün­ste Berlin. He lived and worked in var­i­ous coun­tries, such as the Unit­ed States, Switzer­land, Papua New Guinea, Italy, Azer­bai­jan and France and is cur­rent­ly based in Zurich and Munich. With a back­ground in archi­tec­ture and anthro­pol­o­gy, he con­ceives of his artis­tic prac­tice as a form of spa­tial anthro­pol­o­gy. Mov­ing between research and spec­u­la­tive inter­pre­ta­tion and employ­ing a wide range of media, he explores how cul­tur­al, social, polit­i­cal, reli­gious and sci­en­tific nar­ra­tives, mytholo­gies and ide­olo­gies mate­ri­al­ize and shape the spaces we live in. He was award­ed res­i­den­cies at the Ger­man Acad­e­my Vil­la Mas­si­mo in Rome, YARAT Con­tem­po­rary Art Space in Baku, the cité inter­na­tionale des arts in Paris and at Vil­la Kamo­gawa (Goethe Insti­tute) in Kyoto.


“Non­hu­man Tales”
Cité inter­na­tionale des arts, Paris, July 26 – August 3, 2018

“Black Myths”
Yarat Con­tem­po­rary Art Space — artim, Baku, Decem­ber 22, 2017 – Jan­u­ary 12, 2018

Kun­stvere­in Ingol­stadt, March 18 – April 30, 2017

“Masken und Spiegel/ Masks and Mir­rors”
Galerie Kar­in Sachs, Munich, March 10 — April 12, 2017

“Around the Island”
AB Con­tem­po­rary Zurich, Jan­u­ary 15, 2015 – April 30, 2016

“Beyond the Shores of Utopia”
House of Archi­tec­ture, Graz, Decem­ber 3, 2015-Jan­u­ary 22, 2016

Ger­man Acad­e­my Rome Vil­la Mas­si­mo, Rome, June 10, 2015

“Toward the Van­ish­ing Points”
AB Con­tem­po­rary Zurich, Feb­ru­ary-April 2015

“Frag­ments from Utopia”
Arti­fact Gallery, New York, Feb­ru­ary 4–22, 2015

“Michael Hirschbich­ler: The­atrum Orbis Ter­rarum”
Galerie Kar­in Sachs, Munich, May 22-July 19, 2014

“Michael Hirschbich­ler: Archi­tec­tures of Sal­va­tion, Archi­tec­tures of Damna­tion“
ETH Zurich, Maria HIL F, Zurich, April – May 2013


Yarat Con­tem­po­rary Art Space — artim, Baku, Novem­ber 2017

»Sum­mer Lab: Mythen.Muster.Migration«
Foli­um, Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Art Space, Zurich, August 17–25, 2016

»Par­cours Humain«
Tic Tric Trac, Zurich, July 7-Octo­ber 21, 2016

»Incon­tri – Legami«
Gea Caso­laro, Michael Hirschbich­ler, Via Lewandowski, artQ13, Rome, May 26–29, 2016

»Die Nacht der Vil­la Mas­si­mo«
Exhi­bi­tion of the Ger­man Acad­e­my Rome Vil­la Mas­si­mo, Mar­t­in Gropius Bau, Berlin, Feb­ru­ary 25, 2016 (forth­com­ing)

Final exhi­bi­tion of the Ger­man Acad­e­my Rome Vil­la Mas­si­mo, Vil­la Mas­si­mo, Rome, Novem­ber 19, 2015

»New Gen­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val«
Palaz­zo Pisani, Lonigo, Okto­ber 2–November 1, 2015

»Werk- und Ate­lier­stipen­di­en der Stadt Zürich«
Mue­sum Helmhaus, Zurich, July 18–September 6, 2015

»Pre­mio Com­bat«
Museo Civi­co G. Fat­tori, Livorno, June 27–July 25, 2015

»Spazi Aper­ti«
Roma­ni­an Acad­e­my, Rome, June 12–21, 2015

»Open Stu­dios«
Exhi­bi­tion at the Ger­man Acad­e­my Rome Vil­la Mas­si­mo, Vil­la Mas­si­mo, Rom, March 26, 2015

»archi­tec­ture. What else?«
Kul­tur­tankstelle, Döt­tin­gen, Octo­ber 31–December 7, 2014

»Periph­er­al Archi­tec­ture«
Architek­tur14, Maag Halle, Zurich, Octo­ber 24–26, 2014

»Side effects«
Side effects art space in the con­text of Art Basel, Basel, June 17–22, 2014

Pho­to­bastei, Zurich, April 10–20, 2014

»4 Mon­u­ments«
Grafik14, Maag Halle, Zurich, March 13–15, 2014

»Das Mod­ell vom Mod­ell vom Mod­ell vom – ist die Welt«
group show, togeth­er with Lukas Geis­sel­er, Thomas Knüsel and Mat­ter­Luechinger
art space –ion+, Zurich, February–March 2014

»You are here«
group show, togeth­er with Lukas Geis­sel­er and Thomas Knüsel, Zoll­haus, Lucerne, 2013

»there is no there there«
Architek­tur13, Maag Halle, Zurich, Octo­ber 25–27, 2013

Ford­ham Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­ter Gallery, Lin­coln Cen­ter, New York, Feb­ru­ary – March 2013

Cut­log Art fair
with Gallery Armin Berg­er Con­tem­po­rary Zurich, Paris, 2012

Art Bodensee
with Gallery Armin Berg­er Con­tem­po­rary Zurich, Dorn­birn, 2012

»The­atrum Orbis Ter­rarum«, Swiss Art Awards 2012
exhib­it­ed in the con­text of Art Basel, Basel, 2012

Pre­mio Arte Lagu­na
final­ists‘ exhi­bi­tion, Arse­nale Venice, Venice, 2012

»Die Stadt und ihr Boden«
New Tech Club, Schlieren, 2010

»Sub­ur­ban Wilder­ness«
Grad­u­ate Show ETH Zurich, Zurich, 2007


Cité Inter­na­tionale des Arts, Paris, res­i­den­cy 2018
YARAT Con­tem­po­rary Art Space, Baku, res­i­den­cy 2017
Ger­man Acad­e­my Rome Vil­la Mas­si­mo, res­i­den­cy 2015
Pre­mio Com­bat, 2015
Res­i­den­cy and work grants by the city of Zurich, 2015, final­ist
Foun­da­tion Award, 2014
Lis­bon Tri­en­nale Début Award, 2013, short­list
Swiss Art Awards, 2012, final­ist
Arte Lagu­na Prize, 2012, final­ist
Ger­man Nation­al Aca­d­e­mic Foun­da­tion, 2003–2008
SIA-Award, 2008
Erich-Degen-Foun­da­tion, 2007 and 2008
Sutor-Foun­da­tion, 2005
Cusanuswerk, 2004–2005
E-Fel­lows, 2002–2008


HSLU Lucerne, guest lec­tur­er, spring semes­ters 2017 and 2018
Swiss Fed­er­al Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy, ETH Zurich, Chair for Archi­tec­ture and Design, Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil
_ Deputy Pro­fes­sor (2013)
_ Chief Assis­tant and Direc­tor of Stud­ies (2013–2016)
_ Assis­tant (2008–2009 and 2011–2013)
Papua New Guinea Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy
_ Direc­tor of the Archi­tec­ture Pro­gram, Lec­tur­er for Archi­tec­ture and Design, The­o­ry of Archi­tec­ture and His­to­ry of Archi­tec­ture, 2009–2010
_ Mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors of the Archi­tec­tural Her­itage Cen­tre of Papua New Guinea, 2009–2010


 “2 Books”
Azer­bai­jan State Acad­e­my of Fine Arts, Baku, Novem­ber 30, 2017

Yarat Acad­e­my, Baku, Octo­ber 1, 2017

Kun­stvere­in Ingol­stadt, Ingol­stadt, March 17, 2017

“Between Vir­tu­al Archae­ol­o­gy and Real Spec­u­la­tion”
Galerie Kar­in Sachs, Munich, March 9, 2017

“Mir­ror and Utopia”
Muthe­sius Art Uni­ver­si­ty, Kiel, July 19, 2016

HafenCi­ty Uni­ver­si­ty, Ham­burg, June 3, 2016

“Mir­ror, Shad­ow, Fata Mor­gana”
ZHAW, Win­terthur, April 25, 2016

“Around the Island”
Gallery A¦B¦C ontem­po­rary, Zurich, Feb­ru­ary 12, 2016

“Beyond the Shores of Utopia”
House of Archi­tec­ture, Graz, Aus­tria, Decem­ber 2, 2015

“So Far”
Ger­man Acad­e­my Rome Vil­la Mas­si­mo, Rome, Italy, March 6, 2015

“The Ordi­nary and the Mag­i­cal”
Tal­iesin – The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Archi­tec­ture, Scotts­dale, USA, Feb­ru­ary 6, 2015

“The Ordi­nary and the Mag­i­cal”
Keynote lec­ture, Uni­ver­si­dad Autóno­ma de Aguas­calien­tes, Agusacalien­tes, Mex­i­co, Octo­ber 20, 2014

“Masks and Mir­rors”
ETH Zurich, Sep­tem­ber 23, 2014

“Masks and Mir­rors”
Sum­mer School „Zagreb Rooms“, Archi­tec­tural Fac­ul­ty Zagreb, Zagreb, July 25, 2014

“Beyond the Shores of Utopia”
Galerie Kar­in Sachs, Munich, June 27, 2014

“The­atrum Orbis Ter­rarum”
Sem­i­nar „Law & Order“, Pro­fes­sor­ship Andreas Tön­nes­mann, ETH Zurich, May 15 2014

“Weltkarten und Karten­wel­ten”
ETH Zurich, April 30, 2014

“Weltkarten und Karten­wel­ten”
Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty Munich TUM, Novem­ber 28, 2013

“There is no there there”
Lec­ture series De-Local­ize, ETH Zurich, Octo­ber 28, 2013

“The­atrum Orbis Ter­rarum”
SIA Zurich Pecha Kucha at EXIL, Octo­ber 3, 2013

ETH Zurich, April 17, 2013