Langen Foundation

Alicja Kwade

Kausalkonsequenz

07 Sep 2020 - 18 Apr 2021

Installation View staircase Alicja Kwade Die Menge des Moments, 2015/2020 sandstone dimension variable Courtesy the artist; König Galerie, Berlin/London/Tokyo Photo: Sebastian Drüen
Installation View Alicja Kwade Die bewegte Leere des Moments, 2015/16 Clock, stainless steel chain, electronic engine, LED, sound dimension variable Courtesy the artist; kamel mennour, Paris/London Photo: Roman März Alicja Kwade Sub-Stance, 2019 powder-coated stainless steel, concrete, mirror, natural stone, bronze, wood, fossilized wood Courtesy the artist; kamel mennour, Paris/London Photo: Roman März
Alicja Kwade Reality Slot, 2019 stainless steel, bronze patinated 216 x 660 x 182 cm Courtesy the artist; König Galerie, Berlin/London/Tokyo Photo: Sebastian Drüen
Installation View Alicja Kwade 88seconds, 2017 stainless steel dimension variable Courtesy the artist; König Galerie, Berlin/London/Tokyo Photo: Sebastian Drüen
Alicja Kwade Used and Tired, 2012 pallet 135 x 100 x 85 cm Courtesy the artist; König Galerie, Berlin/London/Tokyo Photo: Roman März
Alicja Kwade TransForm, 2019 wood, marble, sodalite, bronze dimension variable Courtesy the artist; GALERIE KÖNIG, Berlin/London/Tokyo Photo: Roman März
Outside View Langen Foundation Alicja Kwade Multi-Teller (20) and Multi-Teller (30), 2018 Courtesy the artist; König Galerie, Berlin/London/Tokyo Photo: Roman März
Outside View Langen Foundation Alicja Kwade MatterMotion, 2020 Courtesy the artist; kamel mennour, Paris/London Photo: Hans Georg Esch
With the exhibition Kausalkonsequenz, the Langen Foundation is presenting an extensive solo exhibition by the artist Alicja Kwade, one of the most important visual artists of her generation. By intensively engaging with the clear architecture of the Langen Foundation, which exudes a sense of continuity, the Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade has conceived for this special place an exhibition that extends well into the vast premises and emphasizes the transition between inside and outside. For the first time, the monumental staircase is played in its entirety and becomes a time, the monumental staircase is played in its entirety and becomes a time scale that can be read in both directions. Kwades often spatial installations examine transition and transformation processes, different states of existence and repeatedly question our perception of reality. Human beings as a reference point are regarde individually and also socially as part of an overall structure.

The works of Alicja Kwade are founded on concepts of space, time, science and philosophy. They usually entail sculptural objects, open installations in public space, but also pieces involving videos and photogaphs. Pure materials like gold, copper, coal, rock, and wood are of particular importance to Kwade, as are symbolically charged everyday objects like clocks and lamps as references to aspects of time, energy and material. She combines these elementary materials and culturally influenced objets trouvé in her conceptually precise and ever poetically magical arrangements. In doing so, she succeeds in presenting the seemingly obvoius as deceptive and irritating the viewer`s perception.
 

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