Alicja Kwade

Katowice, Poland, 1979
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Alicja Kwade is devoted to a diverse and prolific artistic practice spanning sculpture, expansive public installations, film, photography, and works on paper. Deeply engaged with scientific and philosophical concepts, Kwade challenges conventional modes of perception through her exploration of perceptual illusions and transitions between object and function, as well as material and form. By employing ordinary materials such as glass, steel, and concrete, she investigates the conventions humanity has developed to explain natural phenomena.

Alicja Kwade’s work gained critical recognition via important solo exhibitions at respected international institutions, including Whitechapel Gallery, London; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, and the Public Art Fund, New York. In 2019, she created a monumental site-specific installation for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden Commission in New York, featuring sculptures made of steel and enormous spherical rocks evoking a temporary solar system above Manhattan’s skyline. Other notable projects include her participation at Desert X AlUla in 2022 and her installation at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.

Alicja Kwade | Silent Matter | OMR

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