690 x 190 x 102, 2006, steel, wood, felt, 102 x 690 x 190 cm

Mirosław Bałka

Mirosław Bałka was born in 1958 in Warsaw, Poland, where he currently lives and works.
In 1991 he received the Mies van der Rohe-Stipendium of the art museums in Krefeld, Germany. Since 2010 Balka is a member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. He participated in Documenta IX in 1992 and the Venice Biennial in 1990, 2003, 2005 and 2013, SITE Santa Fe's 6th International Biennial (2006) and the Sydney Biennial (1992 and 2006). In 2009, the artist was awarded with the prestigious Unilever commission for the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, London, where he presented the installation "How it is."

Selected solo exhibitions include: Freud Museum, London (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; WRO Art Center, Wroclaw; Centre for Contemporary Art / Vinzavod, Moscow IHME Contemporary Art Festival, Helsinki (all 2013); Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2011); FRAC Centre -Orléans (2011); Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid and Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (both 2010); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo/Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro (2007); K21, Düsseldorf (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art, Strasbourg (2004); The Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw and SMAK, Ghent (both 2001); National Museum of Art, Osaka (2000); Museu Serralves, Porto (1998); Tate Gallery, London (1995); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1994); Museum Haus Lange Krefeld and Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (both 1992).

His work is owned by museums worldwide including: Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; Moderna Galerija, Ljubliana; MOCA, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Tate Modern, London; The Art Institute, Chicago; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. He has also been commissioned to create a number of permanent outdoor works, including the memorial to the victims of the Estonia Ferry disaster in Stockholm (1997) and most recently "AUSCHWITZWIELICZKA" in Krakow Lipowa Str. (2010).

Miroslaw Balka has been exhibiting with Galerie Nordenhake since 1990

Mirosław Bałka in conversation with curator and critic Julian Heynen, Sept 16 - Nov 18, 2017, at Galerie Nordenhake Berlin.

690 x 190 x 102, 2006, steel, wood, felt, 102 x 690 x 190 cm, Installation view Galerie Nordenhake Berlin 2017

690 x 190 x 102, 2006, steel, wood, felt, 102 x 690 x 190 cm, detail

229 x 118 x 75 , 1975/2017, steel, terrazzo, felt, 75 x 118 x 229 cm

229 x 118 x 75, 1975/2017, steel, terrazzo, felt, 75 x 118 x 229 cm

90 x 33 x 31 , 2017, terrazzo, steel, brass, dimensions same as title in cm

90 x 33 x 31 , 2017, detail

56 x 30 x 8, 2017, wood, plywood, steel, dimensions same as title in cm

133 x 34 x 190, 2011, steel, concrete, leather, plastic, dimensions same as title in cm

Installation view "How It Is", 2009, Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern London 2009, Photo: Tate Photography

204 x 25 x 17 and 11 x ø 13 x ø 7.5, 1990/1991, painted wood and iron, ceramic pot, fir's needles, concrete, dimensions same as title in cm

11 x ø 13 x ø 7.5, 1990/1991, detail

82 x 40 x 16, 2010, steel, plastic, wood, dimensions same as title in cm

Installation view "Landschaftsabfälle", Galerie Nordenhake Berlin 2008

56 x 72 x 72, 2008, concrete, plastic, schnapps, pump, dimensions same as title in cm

106 x 151 x 194, 2008, concrete, steel, dimensions same as title in cm

2 x (261 x 10 x 17), 1997, aluminium and gut, 2 parts, dimensions same as title in cm

2 x (7 x 2.5 x 15), 2 x (7 x 2.5 x 15), 1994, steel, linoleum, soap, dimensions same as title in cm

2 x (7 x 2.5 x 15), 2 x (7 x 2.5 x 15), 1994, detail

2 x (170 x 35 x 13), 1996, steel, soap, dimensions same as title in cm

2 x (170 x 35 x 13), 1996, detail

Sch, 2000, glue, paper, steel, dimensions variable

Sch, 2000, detail

Sch, 2000, detail

Pause, 1996, " 2 x (35 x 14 x 13), 190 x 240 x 30 "; steel, steel mesh, felt; " 2 x (60 x 30 x 10), 2 x (60 x 30 x 9), 50 x 11 x 60 "; steel, felt, heating cables, ash; " O 1 x 2467 " steel, soap, detail

37 x 25 x 40 (Untitled Dog), 1997, steel, soap, dimensions same as title in centimetres

2 x (55 x 23 x 27), 190 x 190 x 0,3, 1995, steel, linoleum, pvc, ash, felt, dimensions same as title in cm

41 x 31 x 1, 190 x 60 x 54, 1992, steel, earth, electric blanket, felt, dimensions same as title in cm

41 x 31 x 1, 190 x 60 x 54, 1992, detail

190 x 25 x 30, 190 x 25 x 2.5 , 1991, steel, sponge, dimensions same as title in cm

3 in 1, 2008, gouache on paper, 21 x 14.7 cm

Giving Up, 2008, gouache on paper, 21 x 14.7 cm

Milkontracks, 2008, gouache on paper, 21 x 14.7 cm

The Bench, 2008, gouache on paper, 21 x 14.7 cm

Babel Platz, 2007, gouache on paper, 21 x 14.7 cm

Untitled, 2007, gouache on paper, 21 x 14.7 cm

Untitled, 1996, crayon and black pencil on paper, 14 x 19 cm

Untitled (Two tables), 1990, crayon and black pencil on paper, 20.5 x 28 cm

Untitled (branches + column), 1996, crayon and black pencil on paper, 20 x 29.5 cm