About Thilo Hoffmann

Tapping into Creativity

Artist and collector Thilo Hoffmann’s body of work is an open invitation to participate in art. He defines a framework for each of his project series, then asks individuals and groups of banks, insurances, schools, and art institutions from the CEO to the cleaning crew to tap into their creative potential and fill the parameters he set with their own ideas. Series like Hoffmann’s acclaimed “30 SECONDS” films, the artist photo series “PORTRAIT” or the most recent work “PSEUDONYM” thus become diverse windows into the nature of humankind.

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Curriculum Vitae

Professional (Selection)

2019 Artbook
ARTIST PORTRAITS, 2006-2019

“Compose your own Portrait” Images realized by end of 2019: 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, Niele Toroni, Not Vital, Gianni Motti, Ruedi Bechtler, Severin Müller, Willie Doherty, Ulla von Brandenburg

2016 Manifesta 11 (Zürich)
YOUR NAME HERE

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

2012 Motorenhalle (Dresden, Germany)
PORTRAIT, 30 SECONDS

2011 Kunst 11 (ABB Hallen, Zürich)
PORTRAIT, 30 SECONDS

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)
THE BIG PICTURE

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)
Director

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

1993-1997 Lisson Gallery (London, UK)
Research

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

1981-1988 Roswitha Haftmann Modern Art
Assistant/Research

Educational

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