Alicja Kwade (born 1979 in Katowice, Poland) lives and works in Berlin. She earned a BA from the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin in 2005.
Alicja Kwade investigates and questions universally accepted notions of space, time, science, and philosophy by breaking down frames of perception in her work. Kwade’s multifaceted practice spans sculpture, installation, video, and photography. The artist’s works often utilize the alchemical properties of her chosen materials to reveal the nature of systems used to understand the world.
In 2019, Kwade has been selected for the Roof Garden Commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She participated in the Helsinki Biennial (2021), Desert X, Coachella Valley, California (2021), the Setouchi Triennale (2019), the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), and the 3rd Aros Triennale in Aarhus (2017). In 2015-2016, Public Art Fund commissioned AGAINST THE RUN, an installation in New York’s Central Park. Important recent solo shows of the artist took place at Berlinische Galerie – Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Berlin (2021), Langen Foundation, Neuss (2020), MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Boston (2019), Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki (2018), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2018), Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2018), YUZ Museum, Shanghai (2018), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016-2017), Kunsthalle Schirn in Frankfurt/Main (2015), Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2008). Kwade’s works are part of numerous private and public collections worldwide, such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, MATE – Mario Testino Museum, Barranco, Mudam – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, mumok – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, and Yuz Museum, Shanghai, amongst many others.