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Miroslaw Balka

Crossover/s

16 Mar - 30 Jul 2017

Miroslaw Balka
“CROSSOVER/S”, exhibition view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo: © Attilio Maranzano
Miroslaw Balka
Cruzamento, 2007 (detail)
Installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo: © Attilio Maranzano
Miroslaw Balka,
250 x 700 x 455, ø 41 x 41 / Zoo / T, 2007/2008
Installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017
Exhibition copy courtesy of the artist, of a work in a Private collection, and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo: © Attilio Maranzano
Miroslaw Balka
“CROSSOVER/S”, exhibition view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo: © Attilio Maranzano
Miroslaw Balka
Holding the Horizon, 2016
Installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo: © Attilio Maranzano
Miroslaw Balka,
Soap Corridor, 1995
Installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo: © Attilio Maranzano
Miroslaw Balka
Wege zur Behandlung von Schmerzen, 2011
Installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo: © Attilio Maranzano
Miroslaw Balka
Common Ground, 2013/2016
Installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017
Courtesy of the artist; Juana de Aizpuru Gallery and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo: © Attilio Maranzano
Miroslaw Balka
“CROSSOVER/S”, exhibition view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo: © Attilio Maranzano
Miroslaw Balka
BlueGasEyes, 2004
Installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017
Courtesy of the artist; Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo: © Attilio Maranzano
“CROSSOVER/S” is the first retrospective in Italy by Miroslaw Balka (Warsaw, 1958), one of the leading artists of the last three decades, whose work explores human nature as well as individual and collective memory. Reflecting on the history of Europe and especially of Poland, his birthplace and home, Balka draws on autobiographical elements and episodes to create works that address universal themes in a powerfully evocative way.

Since the 80s Miroslaw Balka’s works focused on the human figure, represented through figurative sculptures, but in the early 90s Balka abandoned anthropomorphic forms to concentrate on depicting symbolic objects like beds, pedestals and fountains, in works that allude to the human presence without ever portraying it. Frequently based on ordinary materials like wood, salt, ash, soap, cement and steel, his works often employ the dimensions of the artist’s own body as a unit of measurement.

The exhibition brings together fifteen sculptures, installations, and videos made from the 90s to the present and leads visitors through an immersive journey full of physical, symbolic, and temporal intersections, where even light and darkness take on a key role and where they are made aware of their own presence and function within the space.

Curated by Vicente Todolí
 

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Selected Works
Pipilotti Rist Open My Glade (2000)
Ed van der Elsken Beethovenstraat, Amsterdam (1967)
Santiago Sierra Obstruction of a Freeway with a Truck's Trailer (1998)
Martha Rosler Invasion (2008)
Nan Goldin Nan and Brian in Bed (1983)
Birgit Jürgenssen Nest (1979)
Tadeusz Kantor Sea Concerto (1976)
Kalisolaite ‘Uhila Pigs in the Yard (2011)
3Nós3 Intervenção VI (1980)
Wilfredo Prieto Apolitico (2001)