In September 2018, Kunsthal Charlottenborg presented the first big exhibition with Alicja Kwade for a Danish audience. The exhibition was curated by Marie Nipper and Creator Projects assisted in production and project management.
The Polish-born artist Alicja Kwade has over the past decade gained global attention and a prominent place on the international contemporary art scene.
Kwade’s poetic sculptural landscapes often consist of familiar objects and commonplace natural materials stripped of their usual function and imbued with new properties and value. Mass, surfaces and materialities act in new ways: pebbles have been cut and polished as if they were diamonds, coal comes disguised as gold bars, and branches, glass and copper rise up from the ground, defying gravity. The laws of nature are suspended as Alicja Kwade draws us into her warped version of reality, which is both recognisable and alien, near and far away, real and unreal.
Alicja Kwade challenges our understanding of abstract concepts such as the nature of time, space and light, the laws of physics, the mysteries of science and the deeply embedded social conventions that form the bedrock of our perception of reality. She raises these difficult questions in a light-hearted, poetic and humorous way that provokes curiosity, wonder – and amusement.
The exhibition is supported by A. P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formål, 15. Juni Foundation.