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Alexander Hahn
* 1954, currently based: New York, USA

Archive of Digital Art (ADA). “Alexander Hahn – artist profile”. (retrieved 2019-19-03). @online{ADAartistprofile, author = {Archive of Digital Art (ADA)}, title = {Alexander Hahn artist profile}, url = {}, urldate = {retrieved 2019-19-03}
Alexander Hahn is an electronic media artist. A graduate of the Zurich University of Arts with a master's degree in art education (1979), he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York (1981).

He lives and works in Zürich and New York.

Hahn's work integrates the time-based forms of video with practices of computer imagery and print, animation, virtual reality, installation, and writing. He addresses the electronic image as a technological metaphor for perception, memory and dream. As art historian Dominique Radrizzani writes in the catalog Astral Memories of a Flying Man: "It is this luminous realm of dream that Hahn’s great art of light and shadow rediscovers, using video like those infinite eyes which night has opened in us (Novalis) ... The terrains explored by Hahn are not those of the terrestrial globe anymore, but rather those of the ocular globe, the inward looking hemisphere of the eye."

Hahn's work has been presented worldwide in museums and galleries since the late 1970s, most recently in solo exhibitions at the Shed Space, Brooklyn (2018), Kunstzeughaus Rapperswil, Switzerland (2017), Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern, Switzerland (2015), Harvestworks, NY (2013), Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Genoa, Italy (2008), Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara, Italy (2007), Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (2007), Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland (2007), Musée Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland (2002); bi-personals at c | e ccontemporary, Milano, Italy (2014), San Francisco Moma (2008); group shows at the CAFA Museum, Beijing (2014), Anthology Archives, NY (2013), Musée Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland (2013), India Art Fair, New Delhi (2013), Art Cologne, Germany (2010), National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2009), etc.

Recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards including NYSCA, NYFA, and Art Matters, NY, sitemapping, Swiss National Grant, City of Zurich work grant, Cultural Prize of St. Gallen and Rapperswil; E.T.C., Signal Culture, Harvestworks residencies; Bogliasco Foundation, NY, Pro Helvetia Swiss Cultural Council, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Art+Com and DAAD, Berlin fellowships.

In many private and public collections, among them the Musée Pompidou, Paris, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Kunstmuseum Bern, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Kunsthaus Zürich, Kunstzeughaus Rapperswil, Musée Jenisch, Vevey, Nestlé Collection, Vevey.


Alexander Hahn:: "Moonlighting: Dance by lunar polarity" at, R. und R. Schlesinger Stiftung, Wald/AR, Switzerland. Release of 360º VR work and CG inkjet prints inspired by the scarab's navigation system. During the opening immersive viewing on Samsung VR gear. See it at or Curated by Christian Rothmaler

Exhibitions & Events
Publications & References
Daniele Gasparinetti. Alexander Hahn - La Signoria degli Astri/The Signiory of Stars, 36p./DVD, Italian. Ferrara/IT: Padiglione d‘Arte Contemporaneo, 2007.
Christoph Voegele and Konrad Bitterli and Sabine Rusterholz and Yvonne Volkhart and Margrit Zuckriegl and Alexander Hahn. Alexander Hahn - Werke/Works 1976-2006. Heidelberg: Kehrer, 2007.
Dominique Radrizzani and Ursula Perucchi and Danielle Chaperon and Angelika Affentranger and Alexander Hahn. Mémoires Astrales d'un Homme Volant/Astral Memories of a Flying Man, 72 p. French/English. Vevey/Switzerland: Musée Jenisch, 2002.
Alexander Hahn. O Naturze Rzecze/On the Nature of Things, 36 p. Polish/English. Warsaw: Galeria Foksal, 1996.
Alexander Hahn. Personal Records, 72 p. German/English. Zürich: Kunsthaus Zürich, 1995.
Alexander Hahn and Edith Decker and Pavel Meyer. Rats/Ratten, 72 p. German/English. Berlin: DAAD Galerie, 1994.
Konrad Bitterli and James Minnis. Of Shadow & Light, 36p., English. World Wide Video Centre, Den Haag/NL. Berlin: Stop Over Press, 1993.
Alexander Hahn. One Hour of Deception, artist book, 48p. English. Roma: Istituto Svizzero, 1991.
Robert Fischer and Michael LaChance and Alexander Hahn. Alexander Hahn - Electronic Media, 48p. German/English. Kunstreihe, Zürich: Pro Helvetia, 1989.