Selbstporträt (1 / 3), 2021
Selbstporträt (2 / 3), 2021
Selbstporträt (3 / 3), 2021
Alicja Kwade born 1979, in Katowice, Poland. She lives and works in Berlin.

Alicja Kwade is a contemporary Berlin-based Polish visual artist. Her sculptures and installations focus on the subjectivity of time and space. Kwade manipulates common materials like wood, glass, and copper through chemical processes to explore the ephemerality of the physical world. Her works often include reflection, repetitive sounds, and inaccurate doubling to create immersive and experiential spaces that beg viewers to question their perception of reality.

In 2017, the artist participated at the 57th Venice Biennale Vive Arte Viva showcasing her cosmological work, Pars Pro Toto (2017). Kwade was selected for the 2019 Roof Garden Commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the seventh commissioned piece for the rooftop, following Huma Bhabha’s We Come in Piece (2018) and Cornelia Parker’s Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) (2016). The piece, titled ParaPivot, is the artist’s first solo exhibition at a museum in the US and comprises of two large steel sculptures that intersect and hold nine stones, sourced from around the world, that resemble planets. Her works can be found in the collections of Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, LACMA, Los Angeles, and Frankfurter Kunstverein, among others.

The Artbarn
September 10 – November 30, 2022
The Artbarn
January 15 – April 30, 2022

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