b. 1979 in Katowice, Poland
lives and works in Berlin
When attempting to describe time, we have recourse to images from very different areas: time ‘flies’, ‘flows’, ‘flashes by’, ‘passes’, ‘runs out’. Equally, for measuring time there is a wide range of formal constructions available – time is sometimes organised in numbers, sometimes arranged in a circle, and sometimes divided into strips, as for example on the globe. Alicja Kwade’s scrutiny of the grand, fundamental ordering systems is one of unrelenting questioning. When she concerns herself with our universal consensus on what time is, what value is, what reality is, she herself seems to be standing outside this agreement. Kwade (born 1979 in Katowice, Poland) lives and works in Berlin, where she studied at Universität der Künste from 1999 until 2005. In March 2015 Alicja presented a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany, followed by solo shows at Kunsthalle Schirn in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, at Haus am Waldsee in Berlin as well as, on the occasion of the award ceremony of the Hectorpreis 2015, at Kunsthalle Mannheim. Her most recent solo exhibitions include De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2016), Public Art Fund, New York, NY (2015), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2015), Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2014) and Haus Esters in Krefeld (2014). Her work has also been on display at the 2017 La Biennale di Venezia. She also participated in numerous group exhibitions, such as in Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach (2014), in Kunsthalle Wien (2014), in Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2013), in the Public Art Fund-Exhibtion at City Hall Park in New York City (2013) and CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2012). Her works belong to several international private and public collections, for example Sammlung zeitgenossischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Mudam Luxembourg – Musee d‘Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean and Reykjavik Art Musem.