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The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre presents
an evening with Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn
Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

TORONTO, ON (May 10, 2010) The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre will provide a platform on Wednesday, May 19 for celebrated Paris-based Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn (born in 1957, Bern) to speak about his recent project in Amsterdam, The Bijlmer-Spinoza Festival (2009). Taking place in the Studio Theatre at York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), this is the next event in the Gallery’s ongoing International Lecture Series, which brings world-renowned artists to Toronto.

Since the 1980s, the Paris-based former graphic designer has evolved a radical sculpture and installation practice that makes monumental works out of humble materials such as cardboard and packing tape to engage viewers in conversation about philosophy and global politics. Often produced on-site, Hirschhorn’s work – such as his 2006 exhibition Superficial Engagement (Gladstone Gallery, New York), which used images of war-ravaged bodies to comment on the lack of critical engagement in America with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – is challenging, thought-provoking, at times controversial, and never dull. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Spain (2006), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2007), Museo Tamayo, Mexico (2008), and the Gladstone Gallery, New York (2009). Hirschhorn has received the Marcel Duchamp Prize (2001) and the
Joseph Beuys Prize (2004).

This one-night engagement is a must for those interested in the intersection of art, politics and philosophy. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artist, widely considered to be at the forefront of contemporary art practice.

Ticket Information
FREE Members, $12 Non-Members
Call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 or visit to purchase/reserve tickets. Please note: reserved Members’ tickets will be released for resale if not picked up by the start of the lecture.

Cultural Agency Supporter: Consulat Général de France à Toronto

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre
231 Queens Quay West, Toronto

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$6 Adults
$3 Students / Seniors
FREE Wednesdays from 5 – 8 PM

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Wednesday 12 – 8 PM
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