Professor Michael Schirner
CEO, Schirner Zang Institute of Art and Media GmbH & Schirner Zang Foundation
Michael Schirner is the CEO of Schirner Zang Institute of Art and Media GmbH, a creative director, artist, curator and author, as well as a professor at Universities in Germany, China and Japan. He is also an honorary member of the ADC Art Directors Club Germany, and of the German Advertising Hall of Fame.
His campaigns and projects as CEO and creative director of the legendary GGK Advertising Agency Düsseldorf, his own KKG, have become a world-renowned, decorated art form that has influenced the style of generations to come. Schirner and his creatives made advertising history for the likes of adidas, ARD/ZDF, Burda, C&A, Gruner + Jahr, IBM Germany, Jägermeister, Margaret Astor, Schweppes, STERN magazine, United Nations World Food Programme, Volkswagen AG and WDR.
Since 2002, Schirner has been working with Chinese artist and communications designer Kexin Zang. In 2011, Zang – Michael Schirners wife – became managing director of Schirner Zang Institute of Art and Media GmbH and founded the Schirner Zang Foundation a year later. The charitable foundation promotes art and culture, science and research, education and upbringing and the exchange between Europe and Asia.
The artistic work of Michael Schirner, which is exhibited in international museums and galleries, includes paintings, photography, media art, installations and performances. In 2010, the House of Photography Deichtorhallen Hamburg presented the artist in a solo exhibition, focusing on his media art series BYE BYE - the further development of his famous PICTURES IN OUR MINDS photo exhibition without photos. In 2013, it was shown in an outdoor installation at the world's biggest Photography Festival in Toronto, Canada.