Alicja Kwade


Born 1979 in Katowice (Poland), lives and works in Berlin. She is represented by 303 Gallery – New York, Whitechapel Gallery – London, Kamel Mennur Gallery – Paris and Grimm Gallery – Amsterdam.



Alicja Kwade studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin from 1999 to 2005.

Her interdisciplinary work uses ordinary objects such as mirrors, lamps, glass and stone to question the structure of reality by playing with mental perceptions and physical experiences of space and time. In creating elegant, melancholic universes based on duplication and unexpected manipulations, Kwade approaches serious questions of science, societal constructs, and physicality in ways that cause the viewer to reevaluate their view of the purpose of the original object.

Alicja Kwade
Alicja Kwade
Katowice, 1979

Past Exhibitions

Alicja Kwade: ReReason

Yuz Museum
17/12/2017 — 01/04/2018

Alicja Kwade: Revolution Orbita

Kamel Mennour London 04/10/2017 — 18/11/2017

Glasstress 2017

Palazzo Franchetti 11/05/2017 — 26/11/2017

The QUEEN Falls

07/02/2017 — 25/03/2017

Alicja Kwade: Medium Median

Whitechapel Gallery
28/09/2016 — 25/06/2017

Solo Shows


“Sichtbare Unsichtbare Grenzen, Sigmar Polke – Alicja Kwade”, Museum Frieder Burda, Salon Berlin


“In Aporie”, Kamel Mennour, Paris

“Medium Median”, Whitechapel Gallery, London

“I Rise Again, Changed But The Same”, 303 Gallery, New York

“Alicja Kwade”, de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam


“Nach Osten”, TRAFO Centre for Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland

“Monolog aus dem 11ten Stock”, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin

“Against the Run”, Public Art Fund, New York

“Hectorpreis”, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany

“Etwas Abwesendes, dessen Anwesenheit erwartet wurde”, König Galerie, Berlin

“Warten auf Gegenwart II”, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany

“Die bewegte Leere des Moments (The Void of the Moment in Motion)”, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a.M.

Group Shows


“Viva Arte Viva”, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

“The Garden – End of Times; Beginning of Times, #3 The Future – coastal site”, Aarhus


“Forming in the pupil of an eye”, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, Various Venues, Kochi

“Inhabited by objects”, CAB Art Center, Brussels

“Die Kerze”, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

“Nuit Blanche”, Paris

“Food, 13th Fellbach Small Sculpture Triennial” 2016, Fellbach

“Wahlverwandtschaften. Deutsche Kunst seit den späten 1960er Jahren”, Arsenals Exhibition Hall, Riga

“Reopening Sammlung Philara”, Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf

“EchtZEIT. Die Kunst der Langsamkeit”, Kunstmuseum Bonn

“Alicja Kwade – Tatiana Trouvé – Giorgio Griffa”, Nymphius Projekte, Berlin

“Gutes böses Geld. Eine Bildgeschichte der Ökonomie”, Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

“ICH”, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt/M

“From the collection: NEW”, Neuerwerbungen Sammlungspräsentation, SMAK, Ghent

“Le précieux pouvoir des pierres”, MAMAC, Nice

“Künstlerräume”, Weserburg, Bremen

“Now/Here”, Franz Josefs Kai 3, Vienna

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Katowice Country of birth: Poland Date of birth: 1979 Lives in: Berlin, Germany