Michael Hirschbich­ler works on the thresh­old of art, archi­tec­ture and anthro­pol­o­gy. Mov­ing between research and its spec­u­la­tive trans­for­ma­tion 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. Michael stud­ied at ETH Zurich, Hum­boldt Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin and Berlin Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts (UdK). He was a res­i­dent at YARAT Con­tem­po­rary Art Space in Baku, the Cité inter­na­tionale des arts in Paris, Vil­la Kamo­gawa (Goethe Insti­tut) in Kyoto and SACO (Goethe Insti­tut and Insti­tut Français) in Antofa­gas­ta, and he is the recip­i­ent of the Hans Hollein Fel­low­ship 2020 and the Rome Prize by the Ger­man Acad­e­my Vil­la Massimo.


PhD (Dr.-Phil.), Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts, Berlin, 2016–2019 (sum­ma cum laude)

Diplo­ma in Archi­tec­ture (MSc Arch), ETH Zurich, 2005–2008

Vordiplom Architek­tur, TU Berlin, 2002–2004

Mag­is­terzwis­chen­prü­fung Phi­los­o­phy, Hum­boldt Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin, 2003–2004


Acad­e­my of Fine Arts Vien­na, Guest Pro­fes­sor (2021–2022)

HSLU Lucerne, lec­tur­er, 2017 — ongoing

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 Art His­to­ry, 2009–2010

Papua New Guinea Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy, Mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors of the Archi­tec­tur­al Her­itage Cen­tre of Papua New Guinea, 2009–2010


»Día y Noche«
ISLA, Antofa­gas­ta, 2021 (with Guil­laume Othenin-Girard)

»3 Jahre Herbst«
Galerie Karin Sachs, Munich, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Goethe Insti­tut Vil­la Kamo­gawa, Kyoto, 2021

Kun­stvere­in im Kloster Neuzelle, Eisen­hüt­ten­stadt, 2020

»Waste­land Gestures«
BINZ39 Foun­da­tion, Zurich, 2019

»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


»Oil. Schön­heit und Schreck­en des Erdölzeitalters«
Kun­st­mu­se­um Wolfs­burg, 2021

»Between Mod­el and Museum«
Art in Pub­lic Space, Eisen­hüt­ten­stadt, 2020

»Scratch Your Face Away«
Mate­r­i­al, Zurich, 2019

»Les Tra­ver­sées du Marais«
Cité inter­na­tionale des arts, Paris, 2018

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


Hans Hollein Fel­low­ship, by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment of Aus­tria, 2020
Res­i­den­cia Res­o­nan­cias (Goethe Insti­tut, Insti­tut Français, SACO), Antofa­gas­ta, 2021
Vil­la Kamo­gawa (Goethe Insti­tut), Kyoto, res­i­den­cy 2019
Stu­dio grant by the city of Zurich, Zurich, 2019–2024
Stiftung Binz39, Zurich, 2019
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

PUB­LI­CA­TIONS (books and select­ed essays)

“3 Jahre Herbst”
Galerie Karin Sachs, Munich (forth­com­ing 2021)

Mythis­che Konstruktionen
Was­muth & Zohlen, Berlin (forth­com­ing 2021)

con­di­tion H Press, Munich 2017

“Masken und Spiegel/Masks and Mirrors”
con­di­tion H Press, Munich 2017

“Schnittlinien/ Cut­ting Lines”
con­di­tion H Press, Munich 2016

“Toward the Van­ish­ing Points”
Gallery AB Con­tem­po­rary, Havel­ka Ver­lag, Zurich 2015

“Jen­seits der Küste Utopias”
trans 25, gta Ver­lag, Zurich 2014

“There is no there there”
MAS Con­text, Chica­go 2014

“The­atrum Orbis Terrarum“
Galerie Karin Sachs, Havel­ka Ver­lag, Zurich 2014

“Pet­ri­fied Traces”
MAS Con­text, Chica­go 2013

“Of Ruins and Anti-Ruins”
Plat Jour­nal, Rice School of Archi­tec­ture, Hous­ton 2013


“Archi­tec­tur­al Monsters”
Hong Kong Uni­ver­si­ty, Octo­ber 22, 2020

“Cocre­ation: Of men, spir­its and monsters”
Con­fer­ence Cowork­ing Mate­ri­als, Kun­stu­ni­ver­sität Linz, Hum­boldt Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin, IFK, Octo­ber 8–9, 2020

Archi­tec­ture Forum Solothurn, August 14, 2020

Kun­stu­ni­ver­sität Linz, May 4, 2020

UdK Berlin, April 24, 2020

“Re-Map­ping Myths”
Yarat Con­tem­po­rary Art Space, Baku, April 20, 2020

“Karten und Mythen”
Staatliche Akademie der Bilden­den Kün­ste Karl­sruhe, Jan­u­ary 14, 2020

“Nar­ra­tive Archaeology”
Goethe Insti­tut Vil­la Kamo­gawa, Kyoto, Novem­ber 30, 2019

“Myth­i­cal Constructions”
PhD Defense, UdK Berlin, Octo­ber 28, 2019

“Archae­ol­o­gy as Method”
HSLU, Lucerne, Feb­ru­ary 18, 2019

HSLU, Luzern, 19. Feb­ru­ary 2018

“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