Alicja Kwade

Alicja Kwade
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Alicja Kwade

Alicja Kwades’ installations playfully question perception; the game of reality and fiction is visible in all of her creative work. The use of various different materials is characteristic to her work. She covers coal briquettes with gold so that they look like bullions; she cuts pebbles into diamond shapes subtly proving that nothing is as it seems. Every object is only what we want it to appear to be.

For Rohkunstbau and the revolution theme, she has glued a stone to a window pane as if it had just been thrown during a demonstration. She sawed a table apart and put it back together again around reflecting plates. The illusion is perfect: a table is a table is a table. The hand of a clock moves in the wrong direction. Alicja Kwade plays with time and space. Simple mechanisms are questioned, fragmented and arranged in new ways. Everything is possible, everything flows. Time elapses and does not stand still even if the hand of time moves in the wrong direction. Relentlessly we come closer to the end, there is no eternity, everything is finite, what counts is the present moment. In Wagner’s play, “Siegfried”, the end looms ahead while the rebellious hero fights his fear and walks onto the battlefield with his reassembled and reforged sword “Nothung”.


2013     Degree of Certainty, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany
2012         The heavy weight of light, Harris Lieberman, New York, USA
2011     Sensor - Zeitraum für junge Positionen, ZKM Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
2010         Ereignishorizont, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, Germany
2008         Von Explosionen zu Ikonen, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany

2014         Blow-Up, Albertina, Kunst Museum Palais, Vienna, Austria
2012         Made in Germany II, Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover, Germany
THE GARDEN OF EDEN, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2010         Silent Revolution, K21 Ständehaus, Dusseldorf, Germany
Neugierig?, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany
2007         Nightcomers, 10th Istanbul Biennale, IMC, Istanbul, Turkey

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
Sammlung Boros, Berlin, Germany
alpha Haus und Grundstücks GmbH, Germany
Riedel Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark
MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
Daimler AG, Stuttgart, Germany
About change Collection, Berlin, Germany
Europäisches Patentamt, Munich, Germany