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Miroslaw Balka 


Berlin, September 2017
Berlin, April 2011
Berlin, September 2008
Berlin, April 2005
Berlin, March 2002

Mirosław Bałka

Image No. 1 of Miroslaw Balka

90 x 33 x 31, 2017, terrazzo, steel, brass, dimensions same as title in centimetres

Image No. 2 of Miroslaw Balka

133 x 34 x 190, 2011, steel, concrete, leather, plastic, dimensions same as title in centimetres

Image No. 3 of Miroslaw Balka

How It Is, 2009, Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, London, as a part of the Unilever Series. Photo: Tate Photography

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97 x 68 x 74, 2008, concrete, steel, electric light, dimensions same as title in centimetres

Image No. 5 of Miroslaw Balka

56 x 72 x 72, 2008, concrete, plastic, schnapps, pump (dimensions same as title in centimetres)

Image No. 6 of Miroslaw Balka

120 x 80 x 15 / DB, 2008, wood, light, dimensions same as title in centimetres

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268 x 142 x 54, 84 x 40 x 22, 2008, wood, glass, dimention same as title in centimetres

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232 x 209 x 150, 2007, Steel concrete, 232 x 209 x 105 cm

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Babel Platz, 2007, Gouache on paper, 21 x 14.7

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690 x 190 x 102, 2006, Steel, wood, bricks, 102 x 690 x 190 cm

Image No. 11 of Miroslaw Balka

Ein Floh / Ein Leben und Ø 100 x 15, 2005, Video, PVC, revolving motor, 116 x 150 x 15 cm

Image No. 12 of Miroslaw Balka

Pause, 1996, " 2 x (35 x 14 x 13), 190 x 240 x 30 "; steel, steel mesh, felt; " 2 x (60 x 30 x 10), 2 x (60 x 30 x 9), 50 x 11 x 60 "; steel, felt, heating cables, ash; " O 1 x 2467 " steel, soap

Mirosław Bałka was born in 1958 in Warsaw, Poland, and lives and works in Warsaw and Otwock. Since 2010 Bałka has been a member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. He was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Award of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld. He participated in the Venice Biennial in 2013, 2005, 2003, and 1990, representing Poland in 1993, as well as the Biennial of Sydney (1992 and 2006), SITE Santa Fe Biennial (2006), São Paulo Biennial (1998) and documenta IX (1992). In 2009 the artist undertook the tenth commission in the Unilever Series for the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, presenting “How It Is.”

His exhibition “Die Spuren” will be on view at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (Sept 24, 2017–Jan 7, 2018). It is the final instalment in a trilogy of retrospective exhibitions, starting in 2015 with “Nerve.Construction” at the Museum of Arts Łodz, and continued in 2017 with “CROSSOVER/S” at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. Selected solo exhibitions include furthermore: Freud Museum, London (2014); Centre for Contemporary Art, Vinzavod, Moscow (2013); Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2011); Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid,and Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (both 2010); Museu de Arte de São Paulo and Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro (both 2007); K21, Düsseldorf (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art, Strasbourg (2004); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, and SMAK, Ghent (both 2001); National Museum of Art, Osaka (2000); Museu Serralves, Porto (1998); Tate Gallery, London (1995); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1994); and Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (1992).

His work is in international collections including: Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; Moderna Galerija, Ljubliana; MOCA, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Tate Modern, London; The Art Institute, Chicago; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Bałka’s works have been presented in numerous group exhibitions worldwide. His public commissions include the memorial to the victims of the Estonia Ferry disaster in Stockholm (1997) and "AUSCHWITZWIELICZKA" in Krakow (2010). Mirosław Bałka has been exhibiting with Galerie Nordenhake since 1990.