Magazine article Sculpture

Museum Morsbroich

Magazine article Sculpture

Museum Morsbroich

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Leverkusen, Germany

Mirosław Bałka

Through Įanuary 7, 2018

Translating the language of Minimalism and conceptualism into breathtaking metaphorical scenarios, Bałka transforms personal experience and historical details into fundamental existential questions. In the mid1980s, he graduated from the conservative Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw with a provocative body of work referencing Solidarity's struggle against Soviet repression and followed it with related figurative sculptures. Although he soon replaced representation with an abstract iconography related to the body through measurement and proportion, his abiding concerns have remained constant, and he continues to explore how history shapes and governs the present. "Die Spuren/The Traces" brings together interrelated soundand site-specific works connected by an extreme reduction of formal elements, which exist only to represent emptiness. …

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