Alicja Kwade

Hemmungsloser Widerstand, 2018

Natural stone, glass, marble

160 x 77 x 61 cm | 63 x 30 x 24 in 



curated by Friederike Nymphius
May - October, 2021

Cassina Projects



curated by Friederike Nymphius

May 14 - October 2, 2021



John M Armleder, Monica Bonvicini, Martin Boyce, Valentin Carron, Andrew Dadson, N. Dash, Philippe Decrauzat, Francesco De Prezzo, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Manuel Fois, Liam Gillick, Fernanda Gomes, Francesco João, Tarik Kiswanson, Alicja Kwade, Beth Letain, Meuser, Gerold Miller, Olivier Mosset, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Monika Sosnowska, Blair Thurman, Tatiana Trouvé, Franz Erhard Walther, Heimo Zobernig


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Alicja Kwade’s work investigates the structures of our reality and reflects the perception of time in our everyday life. What is reality? What is truth? How many systems of time do exist? Which of our supposed certainties are merely a construct? Is something true or valuable just because there is a social consensus on this point? Are there alternatives to our familiar ways of thinking and seeing? Does our world have to be as it is or are there are there parallel realities? Can art visualise these?


Many of Alicja Kwade's works refer to the fact that physicists operate with models and images to illustrate abstract, mathematically based theories. These are 'literalised' in the sculptures and installations, translated into tangible reality from familiar materials and objects, and transformed with the help of images and ideas. One of the best-known theoretical constructs in physics is the wormhole, which acts as a bridge between distant space-times and is named after the model of a worm eating its way through an apple. After having produced various „wormholes“, which are titled Hypothetische Gebilde, this is the first work of a new series which is in fact a cement cast of a Hypothetisches Gebilde, creating an architecture of time and space.


2017 Biennale di Venezia