Igshaan Adams

Jan-Henri Booyens

Jared Ginsburg

Bronwyn Katz

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Donna Kukama

Turiya Magadlela

Herman Mbamba

Sabelo Mlangeni

Kyle Morland

Cinga Samson

Gerda Scheepers

James Webb

Pedro Wirz

Billie Zangewa

Pedro Wirz

Pedro Wirz grew up in Pindamonhangaba, a small city 160 kilometers northeast of the capital. Wirz’s oeuvre is predominantly sculptural or installation-based, and refers to ideas around community, folklore and storytelling that are often informed by the histories – both actual and mythical – of the Paraíba Valley region in Brazil where he grew up. Wirz’s interest in the folklores of Brazil stems from their use of fear, awe and mystery to explain those aspects of the natural world that cannot be answered by scientific knowledge. A crucial facet of Wirz’s practice is his atavistic approach to production through human labour, particularly characterised by a process of collaboration.

Recent solo exhibitions include Breastfed Tadpole (Kai Matsumiya Gallery, New York, 2018); Fábula, Frisson, Melancolia (Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, 2017); Dobrar de Espinho, Anzol (Murias Centeno Gallery, Porto, 2017); and The Horse Who Drunk Beer (Kai Matsumiya Gallery, New York, 2016). His work has also been presented at the Tinguely Museum (2016), CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art (2015), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2013), Dortmunder Kunstverein (2013), Palais de Tokyo (2013), and Kunsthalle Basel (2011). Parallel to his artistic production, Wirz has participated in several curatorial projects, taking place in venues as diverse as his living room (Wirzhaus, 2007, in collaboration with Raphael Linsi and Luiz Albisser) and the Liste Art Fair (the forever ending story, started in 2009 and currently paused, in collaboration with Linsi, Tilman Schlevogt and Claudio Vogt). In 2016 he was the artist in residence at the Swiss Institute Rome, and he has recently completed a residency at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. 

Wirz has recently been awarded the ProHelvetia Cahier d’Artistes Prize and later this year, his work will be presented at the Kunstraum Riehen in Basel, Switzerland. Other upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at the Centre Culturel Suisse of Paris in May 2019.

Born in 1981 in Pindamonhangaba, Brazil, Wirz currently lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland.



curriculum vitae

1981 Born Pindamonhangaba, Brazil



2011 Bachelor’s degree at Institute of Arts, FHNW Basel
2003 Bachelors’ degree at Institut of Communication, University of Taubaté, São Paulo


selected solo and two-person exhibitions

2019 Solo exhibition, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne (upcoming)
2019 A Curbing Wall of Debris\Nesting, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
2018 Breastfed Tadpole, Kai Matsumiya Gallery, New York
2018 Jan Kiefer, Pedro Wirz, 2018, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne
2017 Fábula, Frisson, Melancolia at Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo
2017 Dobrar de Espinho, Anzol, Murias Centeno Gallery, Porto
2016 Irmão dos Homens Todos at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (in collaboration with Mauro Cerqueira)
2016 The Horse Who Drunk Beer, Kai Matsumiya Gallery, New York
2013 Novos Amigos, CCSP, São Paulo
2013 Gringo, Mendes & Wood DM, São Paulo
2013 Tropical, Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund
2012 Not the New, Not the Old, But the Necessary, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart
2012 Hotel Palenque at Gasconade, Milan
2011 Backwall Projeckt, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
2011 Outsiders, SALTS, Birsfelden


selected group exhibitions

2019 Wiþ Ymbe, Philipp Zollinger, Madulain
2019 Terra Quente, LongTang, Zurich
2018 ZEITSPUREN, Power of Now, Pasquart Kunsthaus, Bienne
2018 20 Jahre Kunst Raum Riehen: Die Jubiläumsausstellung, Kunst Raum Riehen, Riehen
2018 AGORA ARTES: Interplay of the Arts, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2017 17, blank projects, Cape Town
2017 La Fin de Babylone, Sculpture Park Cologne
2017 Ex Situ – Samples of Lifeforms, Copenhagen Contemporary
2017 Proxysm of Union, Kunsthale Freeport, Athens
2017 Camaléonica, CACP Coimbra, Portugal
2016 ROY DA PRINCE, Futura, Prague
2016 Dead Among The Dead!, EllisKing Gallery, Dublin
2016 Prière de Toucher, Tinguely Museum, Basel
2015 Courtesy of SALTS, SALTS, Birsfelden
2015 Tableau, Kai Matsumiya Gallery, New York City
2015 FULL HOUSE, Shanaynay, Paris
2015 Môtiers 2015 – Art en plein air, Môtiers
2015 Jac Leirner, Albert Baronian Gallery, Brussels
2015 Nimm‘s mal easy, Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel
2014 Screening (with Sonia Kacem), Deuxpiece, New York City
2014 Union, Union Pacific Gallery, London
2014 Absence of the evil is the evil of absence, Residency Unlimited, New York City
2014 Tell Me What I See, When I Look Into Your Eyes, BolteLang, Zürich
2013 Come, all ye faithful!, Florian Christopher, Zürich
2013 Mitologias por procuração, MAM-SP, São Paulo
2013 Club des Sous l‘Eau, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2013 THE BODY IS THE MEDIUM, Curatorial Lab SP-Arte, São Paulo
2012 Les Urbaines Art Festival, Lausanne
2012 Platform 12, Kunstwollen, Zurich
2012 If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe, Kunstraum Riehen, Basel
2011 Mitologias I Mythologies, Cité des Arts, Paris
2011 Cantonale Berne Jura, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
2011 Regionale 12, Kunstraum L6, Freiburg
2011 How to Work (more for) Less, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
2011 Floor Wall Piece, Von Bartha Garage, Basel
2011 7, Kunstverein Duisburg, Duisburg
2010 Regionale 11: Village Cry, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
2010 Blokkade, Universal Cube, Leipzig
2010 1. Salão dos Artistas Sem Galeria, São Paulo
2009 Regionale 10, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg
2008 The line is a lonely hunter, New Jerseyy, Basel


awards / scholarships

2018 ProHelvetia Cahier d’Artistes Prize
2017 Young Academy, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2016 Artist in Residence – Swiss Institute Rome, Rome
2014 Artist in Residence – IAAB Exchange Program
2014 Residency Unlimited, New York
2012 Werkbeitrag, Kunstkredit der Stadt Basel, Basel
2012 Artist in Residence, Post Studio Tales, Berlin
2012 Peter Hans Hofschneider Prize, Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
2011 Artist in Residence, IAAB Exchange Program, Cité des Arts, Paris
2011 GGG Atelierhaus – 2 years subsidized atelier – GGG Basel Foundation
2010 Prize for publication on contemporary art, Biennial Foundation, São Paulo
2010 Prize for Brazilian artist abroad, Biennial Foundation, São Paulo
2010 Patronage for young swiss artists – Kunsthalle Basel, Basel


curatorial projects

2016 PANORAMA BOA VISTA, with Raphael Linsi, Porto
2014 – ongoing Postcodes, with Gabriel Lima, São Paulo
2013 Wet-on-Wet, Gallery Weingrüll, Karlsruhe
2012 the work found me, Gallery Samy Abraham, Paris
2011 If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe, Kunstraum Riehen, Riehen
2009 – 2011 the forever ending story (with Raphael Linsi, Claudio Vogt and Tilmann Schlevogt)
2009 – 2010 Deuxpiece (with Noëmi Denzler)
2008 Wirtshaus im Schalter (with Raphael Linsi)
2007 Wirzhaus (with Raphael Linsi und Luiz Albisser)