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Alicja Kwade

Polish, b. 1979

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Alicja Kwade

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Polish, b. 1979

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Alicja 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.

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Solo show at a major institution
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, and 3 more
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Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo, and 5 more
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Artforum, and 4 more
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Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Biography

Alicja 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.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo, and 5 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Articles Featuring Alicja Kwade
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Oct 17th, 2019
The 10 Best Booths at FIAC
On the German Affinity for Conceptual Sculpture
Jun 25th, 2015
On the German Affinity for Conceptual Sculpture
Trending Artists Under 40 at Art Basel 2014
Jun 17th, 2014
Trending Artists Under 40 at Art Basel 2014
Art Basel in Miami Beach Roundtable: Public Art Fund’s Nicholas Baume with Carol Bove, Oscar Tuazon, and Alicja Kwade
Nov 29th, 2013
Art Basel in Miami Beach Roundtable: Public Art Fund’s Nicholas Baume with Carol Bove, Oscar Tuazon, and Alicja Kwade
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