September 1, 2016 - Remai Modern - Thomas Hirschhorn: SELF-PIXEL
September 1, 2016

Remai Modern

Thomas Hirschhorn, SELF-PIXEL (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Thomas Hirschhorn
September 1–30, 2016
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Remai Modern is excited to announce its new web commission, SELF-PIXEL, 2016, by the internationally renowned artist Thomas Hirschhorn.

In association with its pre-launch programs, Remai Modern is inviting artists to realize original projects exclusively for online viewing. On the first day of every month, work by a new artist will appear on Remai Modern’s homepage. Previous commissions by Ryan Gander, Tammi Campbell and Tanya Lukin Linklater remain accessible in the online archive. Through these commissions, the museum considers its website as an extension of its physical space and onsite program. Mobile and experimental, this online gallery allows for direct, personal encounters with art while connecting artists and audiences across the globe.

Thomas Hirschhorn is considered one of the most singular and formally engaged artists of our time. Hirschhorn is renowned for his sprawling, immersive artworks that use everyday materials, found images and texts to engage audiences in actively thinking and facing the reality of our world.

SELF-PIXEL is a work that engages with the problematic of pixelation as the artist states: “'Self-pixel' comes from Pixel-Collage, my most recent works and engagement with the problematic of pixelation. My statement is that pixelation is not a technique, not a system but a decision. Putting or removing each pixel—or even cutting it into smaller pixel parts—is a decision. It’s a political decision. I believe that ‘pixelation’ or blurring, masking and furthermore censorship or self-censorship, is a growing and insidious problematic, also in regard the new social medias. Obviously I don’t accept what has been pixelated in my place ‘to protect me’ and obviously don’t pixelate what is usually concealed and meant to be removed, to frustrate, censor or make non-visible.“
–Excerpt from the artist’s statement, SELF-PIXEL, summer 2016

The web commissions are curated by Gregory Burke, Executive Director & CEO, and Sandra Guimarães, Director of Programs & Chief Curator at Remai Modern.

As part of Remai Modern pre-launch programs, a lecture by Thomas Hirschhorn will take place at the Frances Morrison Central Library in Saskatoon on Tuesday, September 27, at 6:30pm.


About Remai Modern
Due to open to the public in 2017, Remai Modern is a visionary new modern art museum under construction in Saskatoon, a growing city on the vast and ever-changing Canadian Prairies. Its award-winning building has been designed by Canadian architects KPMB and its visual brand identity was developed by innovative New York designers karlssonwilker.

Remai Modern, home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of Picasso linocuts, will offer a unique perspective on art and culture in the 21st century through transformative art experiences and innovative programming. To learn more about Remai Modern and its pre-launch programs, please visit

Remai Modern gratefully acknowledges funding from the City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture and Canada Council for the Arts. The James Hotel is our official hotel partner.

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