Alicja Kwade

Read our cover feature profiling the Berlin-based artist's sculptural meditations on time, space and the nature of objects, from the December 2013 issue

By Kimberly Bradley

Alicja Kwade, Die Gesamtheit aller Orte, 2012. Photo: Roman März Alicja Kwade, portrait by Simon Menges. Alicja Kwade, Parallelwelt 1, 2008. Courtesy the artist and Johann König, Berlin Alicja Kwade, Andere Bedingung (Aggregatzustand 6), 2009. Photo: Roman März Alicja Kwade, Nach Osten, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Johann König, Berlin Alicja Kwade, Ein Tag in 7 Minuten und 23 Sekunden, 2006. Courtesy the artist and Johann König, Berlin

When Alicja Kwade was young, her father didn’t tell her the usual fairytales at bedtime. Often, just as she was falling asleep, he’d say things like, ‘Just imagine space is endless.’She did. And still does. Primarily focused on sculpture but often straying into photography and video, Kwade’s practice centres on a compelling series of mind exercises: thought experiments with space and time, jumps into parallel worlds and infinite possibilities, and wildly imaginative explorations of what’s real and what’s not. “I’m fascinated…

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