Katowice, b.1979

Alicja Kwade

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. Kwade’s mixed-media works manipulate mental perceptions and physical experiences of how the body inhabits space and time. Kwade frequently uses imperfect doubling, mirror images, and repetition in her practice. For example, Dimension +1-+9 (2012) and Dimension -1--9 (2012) are a pair of clocks ticking just faster and slower than one second; Nissan (Parallelwelt 1 + 2) (2009) features two Nissan cars as mirror images, including topical scratches.

Her common materials include items found in everyday life—like coins, metal pipes, mirrors, glass, lights, and bicycles—that...

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Biography

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. Kwade’s mixed-media works manipulate mental perceptions and physical experiences of how the body inhabits space and time. Kwade frequently uses imperfect doubling, mirror images, and repetition in her practice. For example, Dimension +1-+9 (2012) and Dimension -1--9 (2012) are a pair of clocks ticking just faster and slower than one second; Nissan (Parallelwelt 1 + 2) (2009) features two Nissan cars as mirror images, including topical scratches.

Her common materials include items found in everyday life—like coins, metal pipes, mirrors, glass, lights, and bicycles—that she then distorts to create sensory illusions. The results, sometimes slouching or stretching, can appear anthropomorphic. A recent installation Durchbruch durch Schwäche (Breakthrough Through Weakness) (2011), comprised of over 300 clock weights, was based on the closing sequence of Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception.

In 2017 she participated in the 57th Venice Biennale “Viva Arte Viva” curated by Christine Macel and in the Aros Triennale “The Garden - End of Times; Beginning of Times, #3 The Future” in Aarhus. Kwade has been selected for the 2019 Roof Garden Commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Artworks

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Unbestimmter Tausch (indefinite exchange), 2014

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Abstract Sculpture / Abstraction / Art of the 2010s / Contemporary European Art / Contemporary Polish Art / Daily Life Experience / European Art / Everyday Objects / Found Objects / Less is More / Multidisciplinary Approach / Poland / Polish Art / Recycled Materials / Repetition / Sculpture / Sensory Experience / Time and Space / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “WeltenLinie,” Palazzo Biscari, Catania, Italy

  • “The Roof Garden Commission: Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

  • “Parapaticular,” 303 Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    "Levity/Density," Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2018

    “Ways of Seeing,” NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • “Shape Shifters,” Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Collections

  • Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

  • Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany

  • Burger Collection, Hong Kong, China

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “WeltenLinie,” Palazzo Biscari, Catania, Italy

  • “The Roof Garden Commission: Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

  • “Parapaticular,” 303 Gallery, New York, NY

  • “The Resting Thought,” Centre De Creation Contemporaine Olivier Debre, Tours, France

  • 2018

    “GLANCES,” Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona, Spain

  • “TRANS-FOR-EMMA,” Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki, Finland

  • “Out of Ousia,” Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • “Entitas,” König Galerie, St. Agnes, Berlin, Germany

  • “Being…,” Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany

  • “MATERIA, PER ORA,” Fondazione Giuliani, Roma, Italy

  • “AMBO,” Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany

  • “LinienLand,” Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2017

    “ReReason,” YuZ Museum, Shanghai, China

  • “Phase,” König Galerie, St. Agnes, Berlin, Germany

  • “Revolution Orbita,” Kamel Mennour, London, United Kingdom

  • “A Trillionth of a Second,” i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

  • 2016

    “Medium Median,” Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom

  • “Alicja Kwade,” de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • “In Aporie,” Kamel Mennour, Paris, France

  • “I Rise Again, Changed But The Same,” 303 Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2015

    “Nach Osten,” TRAFO Centre for Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland

  • “Monolog aus dem 11ten Stock,” Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany

  • “Against the Run,” Public Art Fund, New York, NY

  • “Hectorpreis,” Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

  • “Warten auf Gegenwart II,” Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany

  • “Die bewegte Leere des Moments (The Void of the Moment in Motion),” Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2014

    “Warten auf Gegenwart,” Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Germany

  • “Forecasting Horizon,” Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 2013

    “Degree of Certainty,” Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany

  • “Gegenwartsdauer,” Kamel Mennour, Paris, France

  • “Alicja Kwade – Anniversary Room,” Kunstmuseum Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany

  • 2012

    “In Circles,” König Galerie, Berlin, Germany

  • “Future Past,” Grieder Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2011

    “Sensor – Zeitraum für junge Positionen,” ZKM Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

  • “Belebung toter Einheiten,” Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany

  • “Alkahest,” Kunstverein Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany

  • 2010

    “Ereignishorizont,” Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany

  • 2008

    “Von Explosionen zu Ikonen,” Piepenbrock Förderpreis für Skulptur, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    "Levity/Density," Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2018

    “Ways of Seeing,” NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • “Shape Shifters,” Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom

  • 2017

    “The Transported Man,” Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michagan State University, Ann Arbor, MI

  • “Three Positions. Six Directions. Chapter I: The Brutalist Ideal,” König Galerie, Berlin, Germany

  • “Alchemie. Die Große Kunst,” Kulturforum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

  • “Aftermieter,” Haus Mödrath, Kerpen, Germany

  • “Eurovisions: Contemporary art from the Goldberg Collection,” National Art School, Sydney, Australia

  • “The Garden – End of Times; Beginning of Times,” ARoS Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark

  • “Fond Illusions,” Perrotin, New York, NY

  • “Sterne, Kosmische Kunst von 1900 bis heute,” Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria

  • 2016

    “Die Kerze,” Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany

  • “EchtZEIT. Die Kunst der Langsamkeit,” Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

  • “Gutes böses Geld. Eine Bildgeschichte der Ökonomie,” Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden- Baden, Germany

  • “Me,” Schirn Kunstalle, Frankfurt, Germany

  • “From the collection: NEW, Neuerwerbungen Sammlungspräsentation,” Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (SMAK), Ghent, Germany

  • “Le précieux pouvoir des pierres,” Musée d’Art modern et d’Art contemporain, Nice, France

  • “Künstlerr.ume,” Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germnay

  • 2015

    “Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty,” Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

  • “Eppur si Muove (And yet it turns),” Mudam, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

  • “Diamonds Always Come in Small Packages,” Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland

  • “Glasstress Gotika,” Palazzo Franchetti / Instituto Veneto di Scienze, Venice, Italy

  • 2014

    “Gold,” Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL

  • “One place next to another,” Moscow Centre for Contemporary Art Winzavod, Moscow, Russia

  • “Vanitas - Ewig ist eh nichts,” Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany

  • “Unendlicher Spaß, Unfinite Jest,” Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

  • “Der Baum der Erkenntnis. Kunst und Alchemie,” Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • "Nullpunkt aller Orte - Junge Sammlungen 01,” Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany

  • “Widersprüchliche Konturen,” Märkisches Museum, Witten, Germany

  • “Propaganda für die Wirklichkeit,” Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

  • 2013

    “Back to Earth. Die Wiederentdeckung der Keramik in der Kunst,” Herbert Gerisch Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany

  • “KölnSkulptur #7,” Cologne Sculpture Park, Cologne, Germany

  • Novecento mai visto. Highlights from the Daimler Art Collection – From Albers to Warhol to (now),” Museo di Santa Giulia, Brecia, Italy

  • “When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes,” Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

  • 2012

    “When Attitdues Became Form Become Attitudes,” CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA

  • “Made in Germany II,” Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover, Germany

  • “Karl-Schmidt-Rotluff Stipendium,” Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • “Reisen in unbekannte Welten,” Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

  • “Car Culture: The Car as Culture,” Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz, Austria

  • “The Garden of Eden,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

  • “Made in Germany II,” Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany

  • “A Disagreeable Object,” Sculpture Center, New York, NY

  • “One-on-one,” KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

  • “Surplus Authors,” Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2011

    “Berlin 2000 – 2011 Playing among the ruins,” Mot Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

  • “__,“ Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • “From Trash to Treasure. The Value of Worthless Things in Art,” Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel, Germany

  • 2010

    “Dorothea von Stetten-Kunstpreis,” Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

  • “Unsichtbare Schatten – Bilder der Verunsicherung,” Marta Herford, Herford, Germany

  • “Leinen los!,” Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover, Germany

  • “Die perfekte Ausstellung – oder warum eine solche nicht existiert,” Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberger, Germany

  • “Wystawa,” Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

  • “Silent Revolution,” K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • “Neugierig?,” Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany

  • 2009

    “Kunst zwischen Spurensuche und Utopie,” Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

  • “Like a Rolling Stone,” Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, Oronsko, Poland

  • “Kunst zwischen Spurensuche und Utopie,” Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

  • “Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße 2009,” Weserburg, Bremen, Germany

  • 2008

    “Endless Sphere,” Center for Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine

  • 2007

    “Niveaualarm,” Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

  • 2006

    “Lichtwerke aus der Sammlung,” Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Wien, Vienna, Austria

  • 2005

    “Kunststudentinnen und Kunststudenten stellen aus,” Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany

Collections

  • Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

  • Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany

  • Burger Collection, Hong Kong, China

  • Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

  • Coppel Collection, Mexico

  • Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart, Germany

  • European Patent Office, Munich, Germany

  • Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark

  • K11 Foundation, Hong Kong, China

  • Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany