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PARAPIVOT

 

Works within the ParaPivot series consist of a large-scale, freestanding structure made of interlocking steel frames which support several stones. The shape, type, and number of stones is dependent on the variation of the work, ranging from carved and polished spheres, to chunks of marble evocative of glacial ice. Nestled within the sculpture’s framework, the stones appear to float in defiance of gravity, contributing to an illusory effect of instability as the viewer changes their vantage point. With each step, the sculpture and its components play off the negative space of the surrounding landscape, seeming to shift and recalibrate in direct relation to one’s perspective. The resulting sensation, wherein the viewer ostensibly transforms the subject through the act of observation, is fundamental to this and many of Kwade’s works.

Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot (sempiternal clouds), 2021

Installation view: Desert X 2021. Photo by Lance Gerber, courtesy Desert X and the artist.

 

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Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot (sempiternal clouds), 2021

Installation view: Desert X 2021

Photo by Lance Gerber, courtesy Desert X and the artist.

 

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Alicja Kwade, MatterMotion, 2020

Installation view: Kausalkonsequenz, Langen Foundation, Neuss, 2020
Photo: Roman März

 

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Alicja Kwade, MatterMotion, 2020

Installation view: Kausalkonsequenz, Langen Foundation, Neuss, 2020
Photo: Roman März

 

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Installation view: Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot, The Roof Garden Commission, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2019.

Photo: Roman März

 

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The Roof Garden Commission: Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot. Installation view, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019.

 

ParaPivot I, 2019, Powder-coated steel, stone

19 ft 8 1/4 inches x 33 ft 7 1/2 inches x 18 ft 10 inches (600 x 1025 x 574 cm), AKW 535

ParaPivot II, 2019, Powder-coated steel, stone

13 ft 1 1/2 inches x 20 ft 6 3/4 inches x 9 ft 10 3/4 inches (400 x 626.5 x 301.4 cm), AKW 548

Photo: Roman März

 

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Alicja Kwade

ParaPivot (Solidsky)

2020

Black powder coated stainless steel, Azul Macaubas

19 ft 8 inches x 31 ft x 24 ft 8 inches (600 x 945.4 x 751.7 cm)

AKW 726

 

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Alicja Kwade

ParaPivot (Solidsky)

2020

Black powder coated stainless steel, Azul Macaubas

19 ft 8 inches x 31 ft x 24 ft 8 inches (600 x 945.4 x 751.7 cm)

AKW 726

 

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The Roof Garden Commission: Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alicja Kwade, Pars Pro Toto

Installation view: Helsinki Biennial, 2021

Photo: © Maija Toivanen/HAM/Helsinki Biennial 2021

 

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Alicja Kwade, Pars Pro Toto

Installation view: Helsinki Biennial, 2021

Photo: © Maija Toivanen/HAM/Helsinki Biennial 2021

 

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Alicja Kwade, Pars Pro Toto

Installation view: Helsinki Biennial, 2021

Photo: © Maija Toivanen/HAM/Helsinki Biennial 2021

 

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Alicja Kwade, Pars pro Toto

Installation view: Stanford University: Stanford, CA, 2021.
Courtesy Stanford University. Photo: Andrew Brodhead

 

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Alicja Kwade, Pars pro Toto

Installation view: Stanford University: Stanford, CA, 2021.
Courtesy Stanford University. Photo: Andrew Brodhead

 

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Alicja Kwade, Pars pro toto, 2018

8 natural stones

Installation view: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, 2018. Photo:  Kim Hansen

 

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Alicja Kwade, Pars pro Toto, 2017

Stone, sound

Installation view: Venice Biennale 2017

Photo: Roman März

 

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Alicja Kwade, Pars pro Toto, 2017

Stone, sound

Installation view: Venice Biennale 2017

Photo: Roman März

 

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Alicja Kwade, Pars pro Toto, 2017

Stone, sound

Installation view: Venice Biennale 2017

 

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Big Be-Hide

 

Big Be-Hide (2020) positions a stone and its fabricated twin on opposing sides of a mirror, so that as a viewer circumnavigates the work, the reflection appears to seamlessly continue into physical space as the original stone's image aligns perfectly with its double. The illusory effect transmutes the mirror into a doorway, between two-dimensional and three-dimensional realities.

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Alicja Kwade, Big Be-Hide, 2019

Installation view: Helsinki Biennial, 2021

Photo: © Maija Toivanen/HAM/Helsinki Biennial 2021

 

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Alicja Kwade, Big Be-Hide, 2019

Installation view: Helsinki Biennial, 2021

Photo: © Maija Toivanen/HAM/Helsinki Biennial 2021

 

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Alicja Kwade, Big Be-Hide, 2019

Installation view: Helsinki Biennial, 2021

Photo: © Maija Toivanen/HAM/Helsinki Biennial 2021

 

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Alicja Kwade, Big Be-Hide, 2019

Installation view: Helsinki Biennial, 2021

Photo: © Maija Toivanen/HAM/Helsinki Biennial 2021

 

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Alicja Kwade, Big Be-Hide, 2019

Installation view: Helsinki Biennial, 2021

Photo: © Maija Toivanen/HAM/Helsinki Biennial 2021

 

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Alicja Kwade, Big Be-Hide, 2019

Installation view: Helsinki Biennial, 2021

Photo: © Maija Toivanen/HAM/Helsinki Biennial 2021

 

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Alicja Kwade

Big Be-Hide

2020

Stone, aluminum, powder-coated steel, mirror

74 3/4 x 97 1/8 x 90 1/2 inches (190 x 246.7 x 230 cm)

Unique

AKW 710

 

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Alicja Kwade

Big Be-Hide

2020

Stone, aluminum, powder-coated steel, mirror

74 3/4 x 97 1/8 x 90 1/2 inches (190 x 246.7 x 230 cm)

Unique

AKW 710

 

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Alicja Kwade

Steinkreis

2020

Bronze, marble, stone, mirror

38 1/8 x 87 3/8 x 87 3/8 inches (97 x 222 x 222 cm)

AKW 712

 

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Alicja Kwade

Steinkreis

2020

Bronze, marble, stone, mirror

38 1/8 x 87 3/8 x 87 3/8 inches (97 x 222 x 222 cm)

AKW 712

 

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Alicja Kwade

Steinkreis

2020

Bronze, marble, stone, mirror

38 1/8 x 87 3/8 x 87 3/8 inches (97 x 222 x 222 cm)

AKW 712

 

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Alicja Kwade

Absorption (Dolomit)

2018

Stone, aluminum, mirror, powder coated stainless steel, bronze, patina

Unique

AKW 498

 

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Alicja Kwade

Absorption (Dolomit)

2018

Stone, aluminum, mirror, powder coated stainless steel, bronze, patina

Unique

AKW 498

 

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Alicja Kwade

Absorption

2018

Stone, aluminum, bronze, patina, powder-coated steel, mirror

90 1/2 x 161 1/8 x 157 5/8 inches (230 x 409.3 x 400.3 cm)

Unique

AKW 493

 

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fibonaccit text

Alicja Kwae, Trans-For-Men 11 (Fibonacci), 2019

TRANS-FOR-MEN 11 (FIBONACCI)

 

The work contains eleven states of the stone arranged along the floor, with the original form in the center. Starting from this prototypical boulder while maintaining the same volume in each element, at one side of the row the stones are continuously reduced to a cube, while the other side sees a steady increase in information towards a perfected sphere. The Fibonacci sequence determines the exact shape of each phase, a Golden Ratio actualized. The stones represent themselves and all possibilities in between, a paean to the malleability of the natural world.

emergenz text

Alicja Kwade, EMERGENZ, 2019

 

EMERGENZ

 

Taking a fossilized tree trunk as a starting point, it continuously converts into a found boulder towards a perfect crystal stone sphere, until finding its final form in a bronze bowl. By accurately using 3D technology to measure each element, they undergo a gradual transformation in seven states. A natural grown, organic structure transforms into a classical, man-made object throughout both a formal and material transformation. All parts interact with each other and underlie a complex, common order forming a circular causality. This makes the sequence readable as a whole from both ends.

Alicja Kwade

EMERGENZ

2019

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EMERGENZ

2019

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Alicja Kwade, Trans-For-Men 11 (Fibonacci), 2019

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Alicja Kwade

Emergenz

2020

Mirror, stainless steel, concrete, granite, marble, blue sodalite, copper-coated bronze, bronze

42 1/8 x 29 1/8 x 196 7/8 inches (107 x 74 x 500 cm) approximately

Unique

AKW 707

 

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Alicja Kwade, REVOLUTION (Gravitas), 2018

Installation view: Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

stainless steel, stone

 

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Alicja Kwade, REVOLUTION (Gravitas), 2017, Stainless steel, stone

Installation view: Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, 2019

 

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Alicja Kwade, REVOLUTION (Gravitas), 2017, Stainless steel, stone

Installation view: Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, 2019

 

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Alicja Kwade

Tunnel-Tell (Ceci Sera)

2020

Granite, stainless steel, concrete

88 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches (224.5 x 200 x 85.7 cm)

AKW 782

 

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Alicja Kwade

Tunnel-Tell (Ceci Sera)

2020

Granite, stainless steel, concrete

88 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches (224.5 x 200 x 85.7 cm)

AKW 782

 

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Alicja Kwade

Tunnel-Tell (Ceci Sera)

2020

Granite, stainless steel, concrete

88 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches (224.5 x 200 x 85.7 cm)

AKW 782

 

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Alicja Kwade

Tunnel-Tell (Ceci Sera)

2020

Granite, stainless steel, concrete

88 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches (224.5 x 200 x 85.7 cm)

AKW 782

 

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Alicja Kwade

Tunnel-Tell (Ceci Sera)

2020

Granite, stainless steel, concrete

88 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches (224.5 x 200 x 85.7 cm)

AKW 782

 

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Alicja Kwade

Tunnel-Tell (Ceci Sera)

2020

Granite, stainless steel, concrete

88 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches (224.5 x 200 x 85.7 cm)

AKW 782

 

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Alicja Kwade

Tunnel-Tell (Ceci Sera)

2020

Granite, stainless steel, concrete

88 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches (224.5 x 200 x 85.7 cm)

AKW 782

 

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Alicja Kwade

Tunnel-Tell (Ceci Sera)

2020

Granite, stainless steel, concrete

88 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches (224.5 x 200 x 85.7 cm)

AKW 782

 

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Alicja Kwade

Tunnel-Tell (Ceci Sera)

2020

Granite, stainless steel, concrete

88 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches (224.5 x 200 x 85.7 cm)

AKW 782

 

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Alicja Kwade

Tunnel-Tell (Ceci Sera)

2020

Granite, stainless steel, concrete

88 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches (224.5 x 200 x 85.7 cm)

AKW 782

 

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Alicja Kwade

Tunnel-Tell (Ceci Sera)

2020

Granite, stainless steel, concrete

88 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches (224.5 x 200 x 85.7 cm)

AKW 782

 

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Alicja Kwade

Not yet titled (Pulse)

2020

Corten steel, gold galvanized stainless steel

157 1/2 x 23 3/8 x 30 7/8 inches (400 x 59.3 x 78.3 cm)

AKW 711

 

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Alicja Kwade

Pulse of Time

2013

Steel

17 x 196 3/4 x 36 2/3 inches (43.2 x 499.7 x 93.1 cm)

AKW 131

Art Basel Miami Beach, Public Sector, 2013

 

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Alicja Kwade

Pulse

2012

Steel

9 1/2 x 157 1/2 x 19 5/8 inches (24 x 400 x 50 cm)

Unique

AKW 349

 

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Alicja Kwade

Trial Turn

2019

Stainless steel, bricks

90 x 175 7/8 x 167 1/8 inches (228.6 x 446.8 x 424.5 cm)

Unique

AKW 641

 

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Alicja Kwade

Against the Run, 2015

Aluminum Electric Time Company Large Two Dial Howard Replica Post Clock, LED's, custom clock movements and control equipment

185 1/8 x 45 1/8 x 21 3/4 inches (470.2 x 114.6 x 55.2 cm)

 

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Alicja Kwade

Against the Run, 2015

Aluminum Electric Time Company Large Two Dial Howard Replica Post Clock, LED's, custom clock movements and control equipment

185 1/8 x 45 1/8 x 21 3/4 inches (470.2 x 114.6 x 55.2 cm)

Photo: Jason Wyche, Courtesy Public Art Fund

 

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Alicja Kwade

Against the Run, 2015

Aluminum Electric Time Company Large Two Dial Howard Replica Post Clock, LED's, custom clock movements and control equipment

185 1/8 x 45 1/8 x 21 3/4 inches (470.2 x 114.6 x 55.2 cm)

Photo: Jason Wyche, Courtesy Public Art Fund

 

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Alicja Kwade
TunnelTeller, 2018
Stainless steel, concrete, natural stone (Macauba azul)
Site specific installation for The Trustees’ Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Photo: Peter Vanderwarker Photography

 

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Alicja Kwade
TunnelTeller, 2018
Stainless steel, concrete, natural stone (Macauba azul)
Site specific installation for The Trustees’ Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Photo: Peter Vanderwarker Photography

 

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Alicja Kwade
TunnelTeller, 2018
Stainless steel, concrete, natural stone (Macauba azul)
Site specific installation for The Trustees’ Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Photo: Peter Vanderwarker Photography

 

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Alicja Kwade
TunnelTeller, 2018
Stainless steel, concrete, natural stone (Macauba azul)
Site specific installation for The Trustees’ Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Photo: Peter Vanderwarker Photography

 

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Alicja Kwade
TunnelTeller, 2018
Stainless steel, concrete, natural stone (Macauba azul)
Site specific installation for The Trustees’ Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Photo: Peter Vanderwarker Photography

 

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Alicja Kwade
TunnelTeller, 2018
Stainless steel, concrete, natural stone (Macauba azul)
Site specific installation for The Trustees’ Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Photo: Peter Vanderwarker Photography

 

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Alicja Kwade, 
TunnelTeller, 2018

Stainless steel, concrete, natural stone (Macaubas azul)
Installation view: Art Omi, Ghent, NY, 2021
Photo: Alon Koppel

 

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Alicja Kwade, 
TunnelTeller, 2018

Stainless steel, concrete, natural stone (Macaubas azul)
Installation view: Art Omi, Ghent, NY, 2021
Photo: Alon Koppel

 

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Alicja Kwade, 
TunnelTeller, 2018

Stainless steel, concrete, natural stone (Macaubas azul)
Installation view: Art Omi, Ghent, NY, 2021
Photo: Alon Koppel

 

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Alicja Kwade, 
TunnelTeller, 2018

Stainless steel, concrete, natural stone (Macaubas azul)
Installation view: Art Omi, Ghent, NY, 2021
Photo: Alon Koppel

 

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Alicja Kwade, 
TunnelTeller, 2018

Stainless steel, concrete, natural stone (Macaubas azul)
Installation view: Art Omi, Ghent, NY, 2021
Photo: Alon Koppel

 

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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 such as Desert X 2021, Palm Springs; 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.

 

For more information on Alicja Kwade please visit her artist page here or contact Erika Weiss at erika@303gallery.com