Hirmer Publishers

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Hirmer Publishers is the name used by Hirmer Verlag, a German art book publishing house based in Munich, for its operations in the English-speaking world.

Hirmer Publishers
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FounderMax Hirmer
Country of originGermany
Headquarters locationMunich
DistributionKNV Zeitfracht GmbH (Germany; German books in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, South America)
Thames & Hudson (English books in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, South America)[1]
Casemate Publishers (German books in US)[2]
Chicago Distribution Center (English books in US)[3]
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsArt
Owner(s)Dirk Ippen
Official websitewww.hirmerverlag.de/uk/

Publishing historyEdit

Seat of Hirmer Publishers in Munich, Germany

The publishing house was founded in 1948 by Max Hirmer and his wife Aenne.[4] Since 1952 it has been called Hirmer Verlag and began publishing books in the 1950s.[5] After Max Hirmer retirement, his son Albert Hirmer took over the management of the publishing house. Since 2011 the publishing house belongs to the newspaper publisher Dirk Ippen.[6] The management has been with Thomas Zuhr since 2009.[7] Hirmer Publishers with its headquarters in Munich (Germany) ranks among the most prestigious publishers of art books.

Publishing programEdit

The subjects of Hirmer books span a wide range of areas from painting, photography, architecture, sculpture, drawing, to fashion, and the history of culture and include series of academic publications as well as extensive catalogues raisonnés. In recent years, Hirmer Publishers has increasingly turned its focus to contemporary art without neglecting its traditional roots in fields such as archaeology and the decorative arts.

Exhibition catalogues are also part of the publisher's program as well as authors' books, which are often prepared over a period of years and then developed and produced in-house. In addition is the regular appearance of the Hirmer collector's editions: original works, which are numbered, signed, and published in strictly limited editions.

International artEdit

The majority of the publications are in German, but more than 200 English-language titles[8] are available. The publishing house cooperates with Thames & Hudson and the University of Chicago Press.


In 2018, Hirmer Publishers was awarded with the Goldene Letter, the highest award of the international competition for the most beautiful books from all over the world, for Heimat, Handwerk und die Utopie des Alltäglichen. Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt.[9]


  1. ^ Contact
  2. ^ Featured Publisher: Hirmer Verlag
  3. ^ Publishers served by the Chicago Distribution Center
  4. ^ Aenne Hirmer ist tot: Noch mit 95 Jahren lektoriert, boersenblatt.net, 11. Juli 2017, abgerufen am 11. Juli 2017
  5. ^ Scharioth, Babara (1978). Verlagsporträt: Hirmer in München. Ungebrochene Freude. Eher durch Zufall zum Verleger (in German). Börsenblatt des deutschen Buchhandels,34/1978. p. 14– 15.
  6. ^ "Hirmer Verlag geht an Dr. Dirk Ippen" (in German). BuchMarkt. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Thomas Zuhr wird Geschäftsführer des Hirmer Verlages München" (in German). BuchMarkt. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Kunstbuchspezialist startet Imprint für englischsprachige Märkte" (PDF). buchreport.de (in German). Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  9. ^ Börsenblatt: Hirmer-Buch gewinnt Goldene Letter

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