Opening Hours

The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

Each week we ask the same set of questions to a different member of our community. Throughout 2015, we interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses were funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read. The archive of 2015's interviews can be found here. Thanks to all who took part!

This week we hear from artist Antonia Hirsch, currently exhibiting as part of Everything Must Go: Art and the market.


Antonia Hirsch: 19 February 2016

What are you reading?
OK, I'm not reading it yet, but because this is an Irish-Canadian author, I think it's fair to mention it as a kind of preview: I have just ordered Malarky by Anakena Schofield. In the meantime, I am reading Miranda July's The First Bad Man.

Favourite museum?
Kolumba in Cologne. It's a museum run by the archdiocese of Cologne and has a fantastic collection of liturgical objects that are being presented in temporary exhibitions together with works by contemporary artists. The building's architect is Peter Zumthor, whose work I really respect. And it's in the centre of a town that's very walkable and is a thicket of (recent) art history.

Best performance?
Klaus Kinski performing "Jesus Christus Erlöser" (Jesus Christ Saviour) in 1971 in Berlin.
It's one of the most insane, intense, and poignant performances on so many levels, but particularly regarding the nature of performance itself.

What is your most treasured possession?
My Senses.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
Those that I'm not sure about.

A lightbulb moment?
One? I try to have these all the time—but like all good moments, all you can do is be ready for them. Some of the best occur while I'm in the studio and they can illuminate my time for hours, sometimes days.

What would you like to be doing right now?
What I'm doing right now.

Fiona Kelly, 12 February 2015
Declan Jordan, 5 February 2015

Find the 2015 Little Interviews here