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miroslaw balka

december 3, 2003 – february 15, 2004

via a. stradella 7

Contemporary time does not exist, we cannot catch the continuous. As we move ever into the future we are always based in the past.

by miroslaw balka

“Contemporary time does not exist, we cannot catch the continuous. As we move ever into the future we are always based in the past. This is the state of my sculpture, there is heat from this pillow, and it’s impossible to catch this continuous flow. As soon as you touch it it’s colder than it was at its source. Everything we touch is coming from the past, it’s our access to death. For me the important thing is my art is to try to catch that consciousness of life” (Miroslaw Balka)

Raffaella Cortese Gallery is pleased to announce the first Italian exhibition of Miroslaw Balka, an internationally known Polish artist, who best reflects the culture and history of his country. The re-elaboration of personal and collective memories, the relationship with the body and that between the art work and space are the central themes of his research.

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“Contemporary time does not exist, we cannot catch the continuous. As we move ever into the future we are always based in the past. This is the state of my sculpture, there is heat from this pillow, and it’s impossible to catch this continuous flow. As soon as you touch it it’s colder than it was at its source. Everything we touch is coming from the past, it’s our access to death. For me the important thing is my art is to try to catch that consciousness of life” (Miroslaw Balka)

Raffaella Cortese Gallery is pleased to announce the first Italian exhibition of Miroslaw Balka, an internationally known Polish artist, who best reflects the culture and history of his country. The re-elaboration of personal and collective memories, the relationship with the body and that between the art work and space are the central themes of his research.

He was born in 1958 in Warsaw and grew up in catholic Poland during the socialist regime. He began his career in mid-80’s with figurative sculptures. “Souvenir of First Communion” is an emblematic work of this period and refers to a crucial event in the life of the artist, his Holy Communion, which marks the transition from childhood to adolescence. During the important exhibition of 1990, “Good God”, Balka chooses to renounce the human representation, to devote himself  to everyday objects, austere and poor. The installations are very bare, the rarefied and melancholy atmosphere is sometimes pervaded by a religious feeling. Later, as has happened in the solo shows titled “My body cannot do everything I ask for”, abstract metal objects the same size as the body of the artist become traces which are able to evoke and immerse him in an atmosphere of desire and impotence. Later he introduces even more fragile and precarious materials, such as ash, salt and soap, to highlight the perishable nature of his work which, like our life, is marked by the passage of time. In the exhibition created specifically for the new space, the artist offers a complex and involving video installation titled Element die Exaktheit, element of the exactness.

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