Alicja Kwade’s work investigates and questions the structures of our reality and society and reflects on the perception of time in our everyday life. Her diverse practice is based around concepts of space, time, science and philosophy, takes shape in sculptural objects, video and even photography. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Dallas Contemporary; Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours; Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona; ESPOO Museum of Modern Art; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; YUZ Museum, Shanghai; de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Nürnberg; Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt/Main; Haus am Waldsee Berlin; and on the occasion of the award ceremony of the Hectorpreis 2015, at Kunsthalle Mannheim.
Bronze, Lacquer, Sodalit spheres, Marble plinth (Acqua Bianca)
33 x 26 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches (83.8 x 67.2 x 16 cm) 220 1/2 lb (100kg approx.)
Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot (sempiternal clouds), 2021
Installation view: Desert X 2021
Photo by Lance Gerber, courtesy Desert X and the artist.
Big Be-Hide, 2019
Installation view: Helsinki Biennial, 2021
Photo: Maija Toivanen
Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot
Installation view: The Roof Garden Commission, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2019
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Hyla Skopitz
She has been included in group exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, London; 57th Venice Biennale; Madam, Luxembourg; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach; Kunsthalle Wien; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; and CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco. She was the recipient of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2019 Roof Garden Commission. In 2015-2016, Public Art Fund commissioned “Against the Run,” an installation in New York’s Central Park. Her works belong to many important international private and public collections. Alicja Kwade was born in 1979 in Katowice, Poland; she currently lives and works in Berlin.