Alicja Kwade lives and works in Berlin. Her work investigates and questions the structures of our reality and society and reflects on our perceptual habits in our everyday life. Her diverse practice is based around concepts of space, time, science and philosophy, takes shape in sculptural objects, public installations, video and even photography.
In 2019, Kwade has been selected for the Roof Garden Commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She participated in the 57th Venice Biennale “Viva Arte Viva” curated by Christine Macel in 2017 and in the Setouchi Triennale (2019) and the 3rd Aros Triennale “The Garden - End of Times; Beginning of Times, #3 The Future” in Aarhus. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Langen Foundation in Neuss (2020), MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Boston (2019), Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki (2018), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2018), Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich (2018), YUZ Museum, Shanghai (2018), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016-2017), Kunsthalle Schirn in Frankfurt/Main (2015), Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2008). In 2015-2016, Public Art Fund commissioned “Against the Run”, an installation in New York’s Central Park.
Her works have been included in group exhibitions in Sengokuhara, Japan (Syncopation: Contemporary Encounters with the Modern Masters, Pola Museum of Art, 2019), Beijing, China (Deutschland 8 - German Art in Beijing, 2017), MONA in Tasmania (2019), Hayward Gallery (2018), Louisiana Museum (2018), at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach (2014), Kunsthalle Wien (2014), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2013), Galerie des Galeries Lafayette, Paris (2012) and at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2011). Her works belong to several international private and public collections.
Portrait - Image Credit: Christian Werner
Alicja Kwade, In Blur, installation view, Desert X AlUla 2022, courtesy the artist and Desert X AlUla, photo by Lance Gerber