For this show at the Berlinische Galerie, the artist begins by focusing on herself. “In Abwesenheit“ (In Absence) centres on recent works by Alicja Kwade that might in a broad sense be read as selfportraits. Kwade seeks ways to describe a person and their physical presence in space: with a heartbeat, an individual DNA code or a combination of chemical elements.
With Kwade’s installation designed specifically for our first big exhibition hall, the Berlinische Galerie has added another work to its successful format of in-situ projects by contemporary artists working in Berlin. Kwade studied at Berlin’s University of the Arts from 1999 to 2005 and is now one of the most sought-after artists in the international arena. She has recently exhibited in, among other places, Tours, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Zurich, Barcelona, Shanghai, Reykjavik, Venice, New York and London.