Michael Hirschbich­ler, born in 1983, is a visu­al artist. In his works, he attempts to cap­ture exis­ten­tial aspects of human life as it unfolds with­in order­ing struc­tures and planned and built spaces, in artis­tic sym­bol sys­tems. Here­by, the inter­play between cul­tur­al, polit­i­cal, reli­gious and sci­en­tific ide­olo­gies on the one hand and their mate­ri­al and spa­tial con­se­quences on the oth­er holds cen­tral impor­tance. In dif­fer­ent media – such as sculp­ture, instal­la­tion, pho­tog­ra­phy, paint­ing, draw­ing and text – Michael Hirschbich­ler under­takes a ‘spec­u­la­tive-crit­i­cal archae­ol­o­gy’ and thus tries to advance to the deep­er lay­ers of con­tem­po­rary real­i­ty.


»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–April 8, 2016

»Beyond the Shores of Utopia«
House of Archi­tec­ture, Graz, Decem­ber 3, 2015–January 22, 2016

»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

»Sum­mer Pre­sen­ta­tion«
Vil­la Mas­si­mo, Rome, June 10, 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