1958               born in Ottwock/Poland
1985               degree from Academy of Fine Arts
                       in Warsaw
1992               Documenta IX
1990,93,2005 Venice Bienniale

Noumerous international exhibitions.

Resonance of Hidden Memories
Miroslaw Balka (born in Poland) is one of the most renowned international artists. In the late eighties he became very famous in Western Europe for his sculptures and installations. By employing reduced aesthetic means in his art works he explores fundamental questions on the nature of human existence.

For Balka the consideration on subjective and collective history is of essential importance. Gaps and “inbetweens” are consciously used elements regarding form and content. Through the lack of clarity
it seems to be possible to approach the complexity of history and memory and reflect on it. Very often the original, innocent and idyllic image of a place is related to its historical reality.
Balka discovers his motifs while walking or traveling. Apparently trivial occasions or incidents serve as sources for images of high intensity that raise hopes and fears. Most of the works bear a mysterious, disturbing as well as poetic dimension.

Miroslaw Balka had numerous solo exhibitions in very renowned museums worldwide, including the Tate Modern (The Unilever Series) and Museum of Modern Art in Oxford (2010), K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2006), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg (2004), Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (2001) and Stedelijk Museum voor Actuelle Kunst (SMAK), Ghent (2001). Recently he is presented in a solo show titled „Wir sehen dich“ (We see you) in Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (until august, 22nd).


Miroslaw Balka