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biography

Miroslaw Balka was born in 1958 in Warsaw, Poland. He lives and works in Otwock, Poland and Oliva, Spain

Comprising installation, sculpture, video, and drawing, Balka’s work has a bare and elegiac quality that is also underlined by the careful, minimalist placement of objects, as well as the gaps and pauses between them. Often using his own body as a "template" or first point of reference, Balka’s work might incorporate personal or self-referential substances such as ash, felt, salt, hairs and soap. Balka’s work deals with both personal and collective memories, especially as they relate to his Catholic upbringing and the collective experience of Poland’s fractured history. Through this investigation of domestic memories and public catastrophes, Balka explores how subjective traumas are translated into collective histories and vice versa. His materials are simple, everyday objects and things, often powerfully resonant of ritual, hidden memories and the history of Nazi occupation in Poland.

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Miroslaw Balka was born in 1958 in Warsaw, Poland. He lives and works in Otwock, Poland and Oliva, Spain

Comprising installation, sculpture, video, and drawing, Balka’s work has a bare and elegiac quality that is also underlined by the careful, minimalist placement of objects, as well as the gaps and pauses between them. Often using his own body as a "template" or first point of reference, Balka’s work might incorporate personal or self-referential substances such as ash, felt, salt, hairs and soap. Balka’s work deals with both personal and collective memories, especially as they relate to his Catholic upbringing and the collective experience of Poland’s fractured history. Through this investigation of domestic memories and public catastrophes, Balka explores how subjective traumas are translated into collective histories and vice versa. His materials are simple, everyday objects and things, often powerfully resonant of ritual, hidden memories and the history of Nazi occupation in Poland.

Selected solo shows include: 30/5780, Galeria Labirynt 2, Lublin (2019); [(.;,:?!–...)], Muzeum Śląskie, Katowice; DIE SPUREN, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2017); CROSSOVER/S, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2017); Nerve.Construction, Muzeum of Art MS1, Lodz (2015); Fragment, Akademie Der Kunste, Berlin and CCA Warsaw (2011); Between Honey & Ashes, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2011); Ctrl, Monasterio San Domingo de Silos, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2010); Topography, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2009); How It Is, Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, London (2009); AAA + rauchsignale, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (2007); Tristes Tropiques, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2007); Lichtzwang, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2006); Eclipse, Kroller-Muller Museum, Otterlo (2001).

Balka has also taken part in a number of group shows, such as: A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women, Muzeum Susch, Susch (2019); Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, (2018); Rainbow in the dark, SALT Galata, Istanbul (2015); As you can see: Polish Art Today, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2014); Ostalgia, The New Museum, New York (2011); SITE Santa Fe 6th Biennale, New Mexico (2006); the Sydney Biennale (2006); Venice Biennale (2013, 2005, 2003, 1993 and 1990); XXVI São Paulo Art Biennial, São Paulo (1998) and Documenta IX, Kassel (1992).

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images

250 x 14 x 13, 2017

Granite, steel, glass, red wine

250 × 14 × 13 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

250 x 14 x 13, 2017 (detail)

Granite, steel, glass, red wine

250 × 14 × 13 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

250 x 14 x 13, 2017 (detail)

Granite, steel, glass, red wine

250 × 14 × 13 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

24 x 30 x 32, 2017

Terrazzo, plastic

20 × 30 × 31 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

24 x 30 x 32, 2017 (detail)

Terrazzo, plastic

20 × 30 × 31 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

71 x 65 x 21, 2017

Terrazzo, steel, salt rock, plastic

71 × 65 × 21 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

50 x 50 x 91 (pain relief), 2012

concrete, 3 x Bayer aspirin pills

91 × 50 × 50 cm

200 x 100 x 200 (wardrobe muzzle), 2012

Plastic strips, steel staples

200 × 100 × 150 cm

157 x 31 x 23 (chew me out), 2011

Wood, steel, carpet, plastic, chewing gum

157 × 31 × 23 cm

107 x 42 x 38, 2010

Steel and terrazzo

107 × 42 × 38 cm

AAA/Rauchsignales + 186 x 138 x 2 + 26 x 25 x 45, 2007

Video, steel, mdf

Duration: 2' 22"

2 x (250 x 200 x 100) + Irma, 2006

Two boards and the photo of Irma Grese with skin coloured cosmetic - steel, MDF + Photo, paper

250 × 200 × 100 cm each board

15 x 22 x 19 (hard skull), 2006

Plastic, MDF

15 × 22 × 19 cm

15 x 16 x 5, 2006

Concrete

15 × 16 × 5 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

61 x 59 x 31 / Sereno è, 2006/2017

Audio by Drupi, steel, loudspeaker, cable

61 × 59 × 31 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Installation view at In Bezug auf Die Zeit, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 4, Milan, 2017

Papers from the Skull, 1989/2015

Paper on cardboard

37 × 24 × 7 cm

Papers from the Skull, 1989/2015

Installation view at In Bezug auf Die Zeit, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 7, Milan, 2017

Paper on cardboard

37 × 24 × 7 cm

Niobe - 14, 2018

Charcoal, pencil on cardboard

200 × 140 cm

Photo: Luisa Mizzoni

Niobe - 14, 2018 (detail)

Charcoal, pencil on cardboard

200 × 140 cm

Photo: Luisa Mizzoni

Niobe - 14, 2018 (detail)

Charcoal, pencil on cardboard

200 × 140 cm

Photo: Luisa Mizzoni

Black Madonna Rocamadour, 2015

Ink on paper

21 × 15 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Tokyo 1940, 2015

Ink on paper

21 × 15 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Ian Curtis, 2007

Ink on paper

20,8 × 14,7 cm

Two chimmeys, 2007

Ink on paper

20,8 × 15,7 cm

Why you didn't hide any Jews in this cellar, 2007

Ink on paper

20,8 × 14,7 cm

3 in 1, 2008

ink on paper

21 × 15 cm; 41 × 40 cm framed

Puppet Dance, 2008

ink on paper

21 × 15 cm; 41 × 40 cm framed

The rabbits (studies), 1993

paper, ink

14,5 × 16 cm; 49,5 × 38 × 3,2 cm framed

SunEye, 2016

Original lithograph printed on 250g velin d'arches paper, numbered and signed by the artist

56 × 76 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

A Crossroads in A, 2006

Portfolio of 4 original lithographs printed on 250g velin d'arches paper - 80 ex. numbered and signed by the artist

56 × 76 cm each

B, 2006

Original lithograph printed on 250g velin d'arches paper - 100 ex. numbered and signed by the artist

56 × 76 cm;

public exhibitions

Galeria Labirynt

Lublin, Poland

Miroslaw Balka-30/5780

28.11.2019 – 8.3.2020

Photo: Wojciech Pacewicz

Castello di Ama

Ama

Red Nerve

28.11.2020

Photo: Alessandro Moggi

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Milan

CROSSOVER/S

16.3 – 30.7.2017

Photo: Attilio Maranzano

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Milan

CROSSOVER/S

16.3 – 30.7.2017

Photo: Attilio Maranzano

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Milan

CROSSOVER/S

16.3 – 30.7.2017

Photo: Attilio Maranzano

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Milan

CROSSOVER/S

16.3 – 30.7.2017

Photo: Attilio Maranzano

House of Art České Budějovice

Budweis

Der Nachthauseweg

30.11 – 31.12.2017

House of Art České Budějovice

Budweis

Der Nachthauseweg

30.11 – 31.12.2017

House of Art České Budějovice

Budweis

Der Nachthauseweg

30.11 – 31.12.2017

Museum Morsbroich

Leverkusen

DIE SPUREN

24.9.2017 – 7.1.2018

Photo: Achim Kukulies

Museum Morsbroich

Leverkusen

DIE SPUREN

24.9.2017 – 7.1.2018

Photo: Achim Kukulies

Museum Morsbroich

Leverkusen

DIE SPUREN

24.9.2017 – 7.1.2018

Photo: Achim Kukulies

Muzeum Sztuki

Łódź

Poland

Nerve. Construction

27.11.2015 – 16.3.2016

Photo: Bartosz Gorka

Muzeum Sztuki

Łódź

Poland

Nerve. Construction

27.11.2015 – 16.3.2016

Photo: Bartosz Gorka

Muzeum Sztuki

Łódź

Poland

Nerve. Construction

27.11.2015 – 16.3.2016

Photo: Bartosz Gorka

press

Una bodega con encanton

Hugo Riveiro

The New York Times Style Magazine

October 14, 2019

Le dolcezze del peccato di Miroslaw Balka al Museo del Fiore Sardo di Gavoi

Martina Matteucci

ATP Diary

June 30, 2019

Miroslaw Balka

Pirelli HangarBicocca and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, Italy

Francesca Tarocco

Frieze

June 29, 2017

Mirosław Bałka

Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland

Krzysztof Kościuczuk

Frieze

February 11, 2016

Otwock, Poland: Site and Narrative

Tess Edmonson

Afterall

May 8, 2014

Miroslaw Balka. Segnare il tempo

Helga Marsala

Arte e Critica

January-March 2004

publications

DIE SPUREN

Stefanie Kreuzer

DISTANZ VERLAG

Berlin

2018

CROSSOVER/S

Vicente Todoli

Mousse Publishing

Milan

2017

NERVE. CONSTRUCTION

Kasia Redzisz, Allegra Pesenti, Marta Dziewańska, Zbigniew Mikołejko, Jarosław Suchan, Maria Morzuch

Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi

Lodz

2017

„[(.;,:?!–…)]”

Alicja Knast, Anda Rottenberg

Muzeum Śląskie, Katowice

2017

Wir sehen dich

Julian Heynen, Pia Müller-Tamm, Regine Hess, Holger Jacob-Friesen

Verlag für moderne Kunst

Nürnberg

2010

How It Is

Helen Sainsbury

Tate Publishing

London

2009

Reflejos condicionados

Texts by Juan Vicente Aliaga, Julian Heynen, Miroslaw Balka

Fundación Marcelino Botín

Santander

2007

video


CROSSOVER/S

2017

Solo show by Miroslaw Balka at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan

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