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Miroslaw Balka

Polish, b. 1958

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Miroslaw Balka

Polish, b. 1958

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Speaking about his sculptures, videos, and installations, Miroslaw Balka states: “I always try to create difficult questions instead of easy answers.” In his work, which is both hauntingly beautiful and deeply unsettling, he poses serious questions about history—specifically that of modern Europe—memory, truth, and perception. Balka uses traditional and unconventional materials in his work, including steel, wood, salt, soap, and felt. References to the history of his own country, and the destruction of its Jewish community during the Holocaust, figure prominently in his work: although Catholic, he has become known as a Holocaust artist. Balka’s video work Bambi (2003) exemplifies the affecting way in which he confronts viewers with the past. The video shows young deer foraging for food in a bleak, snowy landscape, which, as it turns out, is the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

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Tate Modern, and 3 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

Speaking about his sculptures, videos, and installations, Miroslaw Balka states: “I always try to create difficult questions instead of easy answers.” In his work, which is both hauntingly beautiful and deeply unsettling, he poses serious questions about history—specifically that of modern Europe—memory, truth, and perception. Balka uses traditional and unconventional materials in his work, including steel, wood, salt, soap, and felt. References to the history of his own country, and the destruction of its Jewish community during the Holocaust, figure prominently in his work: although Catholic, he has become known as a Holocaust artist. Balka’s video work Bambi (2003) exemplifies the affecting way in which he confronts viewers with the past. The video shows young deer foraging for food in a bleak, snowy landscape, which, as it turns out, is the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

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
Tate Modern, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
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