b. 1979, Poland

Alicja Kwade Artworks

The transformation of familiar realities is often at play in Alicja Kwade's artwork, notably in her 'Reconstituted Objects' series (2016–2019). For this, the artist ground personal items including lamps, iPhones, and kitchen appliances to dust, which she used to sculpt vessels. Presented in glass vitrines, typically reserved for museum displays, the urns and vases attest to the transmutability of everyday objects in unexpected ways.

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In 2017, Alicja Kwade began creating large-scale installations consisting of large rocks elevated on steel bars. WeltenLinie (World Lines), which was first shown at the 57th Venice Biennale, is made up of double-sided mirrors and pairs of objects that are placed inside and outside open steel frame structures. Depending on the viewer's position, the objects become reflections in the mirrors on matters of reality.

Alicja Kwade's exploration of large rocks developed into ParaPivot (2020), a Roof Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the work, steel frames are interlocked at different angles, so that visitors can walk around and through them. Along the steel bars are spherical rocks, each weighing up to one-and-a-half tonnes, that allude to planets. Through the allusion to a planetary system, Kwade evokes other systems, such as political, social, and economic, that we live in.

The complexities of this multiverse guided by entropic forces was reiterated in Kwade's 2021 exhibition across Pace Gallery and König Galerie in Seoul, Sometime I Prefer to Sit on a Chair on the Earth, a blend of sculpture and installation deconstructing time and space. 'It is easy to imagine these forms dividing or multiplying,' remarks Sujin Jung in an Insight for Ocula Magazine, ultimately attesting to the artist's concern with interfering with human perception.

Alicja Kwade's other outdoor projects include Die Bewegte Leere Des Moments (2016), an enormous pendulum with a clock at the end, presented in Nuit Blanche, Paris; Against the Run (2015), commissioned by Public Art Fund, New York, which takes the form of a clock with a face that has been turned anti-clockwise, making it impossible to read time; and Nissan (Parallelwelt 1+2) (2009), in which two identical Nissan Micra, different only in the location of their handles, are presented alongside.

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Selbstportrait by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork nft
Alicja Kwade Selbstportrait, 2022 NFT
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Hemmungsloser Widerstand by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade Hemmungsloser Widerstand, 2021 Mirror, found stones, safety glass
100 x 69 x 109 cm
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Siège du Monde by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade Siège du Monde, 2021 Bronze
75 x 49 x 49 cm
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Little Triple Be-Hide by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade Little Triple Be-Hide, 2021 Granite, patinated bronze, mirror
80 x 55 x 99 cm
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Little Be-Hide by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade Little Be-Hide, 2021 Granite, patinated bronze, mirror
80 x 55 x 50 cm
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Rocking by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade Rocking, 2021 Brass, stones
110 x 52 x 52 cm
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Rocking by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade Rocking, 2021 Brass, stones
110 x 52 x 52 cm
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Selbstporträt by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork mixed media
Alicja Kwade Selbstporträt, 2021 24 vials with the essential elements of the human body, framed (oxygen (O), carbon (C), hydrogen (H), nitrogen (N), calcium ( Ca), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), sulphur (S), sodium (Na)...
80 x 62 x 5 cm
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Portrait einer Koreanerin mit Absatz (Principium) by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade Portrait einer Koreanerin mit Absatz (Principium), 2020 Patinated bronze, griso granite
163.2 x 16 x 16 cm
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Duodecuple Be-Hide by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade Duodecuple Be-Hide, 2020 Mirror, bronze, granite, sandstone
110 x 240 x 240 cm
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Ein Monat (July 2020) by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork works on paper
Alicja Kwade Ein Monat (July 2020), 2021 Watch hand on cardboard, framed
88 x 77 cm
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Causal Emergence (July 2023) by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork works on paper
Alicja Kwade Causal Emergence (July 2023), 2020 Galvanized gold on cardboard, framed
79 x 79 cm
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Entropie (11 days 8 hours) by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork works on paper
Alicja Kwade Entropie (11 days 8 hours), 2021 Watch hand, papier-mâché on paper
107 x 147 cm
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Entropie (54 days 15 hours) by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork works on paper
Alicja Kwade Entropie (54 days 15 hours), 2021 Watch hand, papier-mâché on paper
107 x 147 cm
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Entropie (98 days 15 hours) by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork works on paper
Alicja Kwade Entropie (98 days 15 hours), 2021 Watch hand, papier-mâché on paper
107 x 147 cm
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Entropie (128 days 15 hours) by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork works on paper
Alicja Kwade Entropie (128 days 15 hours), 2021 Watch hand, papier-mâché on paper
107 x 147 cm
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Entropie (71 days 12 hours) by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork works on paper
Alicja Kwade Entropie (71 days 12 hours), 2021 Watch hand, papier-mâché on paper
107 x 147 cm
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CC In-Between by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork mixed media
Alicja Kwade CC In-Between, 2021 Pocket watch hands, mixed materials on paper, framed
30 x 45.6 cm
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In circles (24h) by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade In circles (24h), 2017 Brass on cardboard, framed
40 x 30 cm
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24 Stunden (ZeitZirkel) by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade 24 Stunden (ZeitZirkel), 2017 Brass on cardboard, framed
40 x 30 cm
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2days 23hours by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade 2days 23hours, 2017 72 pocket watch hands (brass) on paper, framed; brass ring
150 x 150 cm
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Meta-cm (20-40 cm) by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork painting
Alicja Kwade Meta-cm (20-40 cm), 2018 Measuring stick on paper, framed
35.4 x 49.4 cm
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Causal Emergence (December 2021) by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade Causal Emergence (December 2021), 2020 Nickel galvanized brass on cardboard, framed
79 x 79 cm
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Urknall by Alicja Kwade contemporary artwork sculpture
Alicja Kwade Urknall, 2018 Bronze
113 x 12 x 12 cm
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