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Alicja Kwade’s work investigates and questions the structures of our reality and society and reflects on the perception of time in our everyday life. Her diverse practice is based around concepts of space, time, science and philosophy, takes shape in sculptural objects, video and even photography. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Dallas Contemporary; Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours; Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona; ESPOO Museum of Modern Art; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; YUZ Museum, Shanghai; de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Nürnberg; Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt/Main; Haus am Waldsee Berlin; and on the occasion of the award ceremony of the Hectorpreis 2015, at Kunsthalle Mannheim. She has been included in group exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, London; 57th Venice Biennale; Madam, Luxembourg; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach; Kunsthalle Wien; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; and CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco. She was the recipient of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2019 Roof Garden Commission. In 2015-2016, Public Art Fund commissioned “Against the Run,” an installation in New York’s Central Park. Her works belong to many important international private and public collections. Alicja Kwade was born in 1979 in Katowice, Poland; she currently lives and works in Berlin.


Alicja Kwade


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2023    In Agnosie, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg

2021    In Abwesenheit, Berlinische Galerie – Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Berlin

2020    Kasualkonsequenz, Langen Foundatation, Neuss, Germany

2019    In Between Glances, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

            Moving In Glances, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX

            ParaPivot, The Roof Garden Commission, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

            The Resting Thought, Centre De Creation Contemporaine Olivier Debre, Tours, France

2018    Trans-For-Men, EMMA-Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki

            AMBO, Kunstalle Kiel, Kiel Germany

            Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland

            Materia, Per Ora, Fondazione Giuliani, Roma, Italy

2017    ReReason, YUZ Museum, Shanghai, China

2016    Medium Median, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

            de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015    Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany 

            Hector Prize, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

            Public Art Fund, New York, NY

            Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt, Germany 

            Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany

2014    Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Germany

2013    Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany 

2010    Ereignishorizont, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany

2008    Piepenbrock Förderpreis für Skulptur, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany




2021   Desert X, Coachella Valley, CA

2018    Hayward Gallery, London, UK

2017    57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2016    Me, Schirn Kunstalle, Frankfurt, Germany

2015    Mudam, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

2014    Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL

2013    Cologne Sculpture Park, Cologne, Germany

2012    CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA

2012    Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2012    Sculpture Center New York, France

2012    KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

2011    Mot Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan




Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany

Burger Collection, Hong Kong, China

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Coppel Collection, Mexico

Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart, Germany

European Patent Office, Munich, Germany

K11 Foundation, Hong Kong, China

LACMA, Los Angeles

MACBA Collection, Barcelona, Spain

Mudam, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Mumok Foundation Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin

Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China