Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale


Alicja Kwade – Monolog aus dem 11ten Stock

26.08.2015, Berlin | From September 19 until November 22, 2015, the Haus am Waldsee will show the exhibition Alicja Kwade – Monolog aus dem 11ten Stock. “Our notion of reality is a deception. Predictability is speculation. Locations and time are relative.” For more than a decade, Alicja Kwade has explored these philosophical insights in her sculptural work. Probing questions of astrophysics and philosophy, she employs simple means to uncover several layers of reality.

Alicja Kwade_Ast - Antiast

Two branches stand in a corner. Various precious metals are stacked on the floor, like statistics blocks. Boulders and rocks flood into the exhibition space. But can nature produce two identical branches? Is the metal’s value today the same as it will be tomorrow? Kwade does not intend to deceive the viewer. Rather, she wants to reveal the illusions to which he is constantly subjected. How could something be certain and predictable in a universe which is dynamic and changeable down to its tiniest particle? And yet our current economic system rests on the promise of absolute certainty. Advertising and media cannot know the future. Instead they create phoney certitudes, subtly exploiting people’s fears for the future for their own gain. Dealing with these topics by artistic means, Alicja Kwade illuminates, by way of analogies, current consumerist thinking and present-day mental frailties.

A catalogue in German and English featuring an introduction by Katja Blomberg will be published in October 2015.

Alicja Kwade – Monolog aus dem 11ten Stock

Press preview: Friday, September 18, 2015, 1 pm
Exhibition: September 19 until November 22, 2015

Argentinische Allee 30 | 14163 Berlin
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission 7 € / 5 €

Further information:

Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund, the Ernst Schering Foundation, and the District Council of Steglitz-Zehlendorf of Berlin; additional funding by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs, and the association Friends and Supporters of Haus am Waldsee e.V.

Alicja Kwade, Ast/AntiAst 2 tbd, 2014, unique, Foto: Roman März, courtesy: Alicja Kwade and KÖNIG GALERIE
Alicja Kwade, Theoretisches Gebilde I, 2015, copper, stones, 2015, 142 x 182 x 136 cm; 56 x 71 2/3 x 53 1/2 in, unique, Foto: Roman März, The ekard collection, courtesy Alicja Kwade and KÖNIG GALERIE

Alicja Kwade_Theoretisches Gebilde


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