About Thilo Hoffmann

Tapping into Creativity

In his work, Thilo Hoffmann defines a clear framework, then leaves the stage and the directorial tasks to everybody who likes to get involved.

By handing the instruments of creativity over to his participants, Hoffmann has produced a body of work that interacts with its audiences in a beautifully diverse way.

In his MoMA curated series of 30 SECONDS films with staff and members of the New York art institution, or his series of PORTRAITS of artists, Thilo Hoffmann demonstrates a unique ability to connect to people in all places of the world, channeling their creative input into his projects.

By giving away his role as director or photographer, he unleashes the participant’s creative potential. “Their engagement grows, reflection sets in, and ultimately very personal and surprising pieces develop,” says Thilo.

New York, November 2013



Curriculum Vitae

Professional (Selection)

2018 Artbook

“Compose your own Portrait” Images realized by end of 2017: Thomas Hirschhorn, Pierre Bismuth, Sophie Calle, Olaf Breuning, Lawrence Weiner, Gregory Green, Mary Heilmann, Susan Hiller, Peter Joseph, Zilla Leutenegger, Ingeborg Lüscher, Mike Nelson, Tony Oursler, Philip Perlstein, Ben Vautier, Roman Signer, Annelies Strba, Richard Wentworth, Huma Bhabha, Shannon Plumb, Silvie Defraoui, Lindsay Seers, Mona Hatoum, John Armleder, Christian Jankowski, Cerith Wyn Evans, Diego Perrone, Adrian Schiess, Ursula Hodel, Ilona Ruegg, Una Szeemann, Karin Sander, Markus Weiss, Clarina Bezzola, Mario Airo, Laurie Anderson, Ursula Rydingsvard, Mélanie Matranga, Caro Niederer, Nic Hess

2017 Studio Show (Zürich)
Photo Series PSEUDONYM

2016 Manifesta 11 (Zürich)
Performance YOUR NAME HERE

2015 Studio Show (Zürich)
Photo Series LYDIA-GERTRUD (Series of 66 Images from the 50s)

2014 Venice Architecture Biennale (Venice)
German Pavilion, Curatorial Advisor

2012 Motorenhalle (Dresden, Germany)

2011 Kunst 11 (ABB Hallen, Zürich)

2011 THE ALDRICH Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, USA)
Photo Series PORTRAIT

2010 Kunshaus Zurich (Zürich)
Film Production, 30 SECONDS

2008-2010 MoMA (New York)
Film Production, 30 SECONDS

2008 Motorenhalle (Dresden, Germany)

2007 MoMA (New York)
Photo Series THE GUARDS

2006-2007 Allianz Risk Transfer (Zürich, New York, Bermuda, London)
Film Production, 30 SECONDS

2005 Hotel Castell (Zuoz, Switzerland)
Film Production, 30 SECONDS

2003 Mannheimer Versicherung (Zürich, Switzerland)
Film Production, 30 SECONDS

2003 Motorenhalle (Dresden, Germany)
Exhibition & Symposium, 30 SECONDS

2002 Swiss Re (Zürich, Switzerland)
Management Training

2000/2001 Swiss Re (Zürich, Switzerland)
Film Production, 30 SECONDS

2000-2001 Venice Biennale, Austrian Pavilion
Bundeskanzleramt/Sektion Kunst (Vienna, Austria)
Curatorial Management

1998–1999 Swissair (Zürich, Switzerland)
Artist/Curator for Exhibition Art in the Air

1997–1998 Galerie Weisses Schloss (Zürich, Switzerland)

1995–1997 The Henry Moore Foundation (Halifax, UK)

1993-1997 Lisson Gallery (London, UK)

1988-1993 Koller Auctions (Zürich)
Head of Modern Art Department

1981-1988 Roswitha Haftmann Modern Art


1995–1997 Manchester University (Manchester, UK)
Studies in Fine Arts, MA (Master of Art)

1994–1995 Manchester University (Manchester, UK)
Studies in Fine Arts, Postgraduate Diploma

1993 Sotheby’s Educational Department (London, UK)
Studies in Art History, Certificate

1986–1988 Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule ETH (Zürich)
Studies in Architecture