First major commission of Alicja Kwade in Whitechapel Gallery

Alicja Kwade's (b.1979, Katowice, Poland) new installation presents astronomical data exploring our position in the universe.


28 September 2016 – 25 June 2017, 11am - 6pm
Whitechapel Gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High St
London E1 7QX 


Bronze casts of giant vertebrae accompany a film inspired by NASA data of extrasolar meteors, referencing the cataclysmic event believed to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. At the centre of the space, a large mobile of 24 electronic star maps hangs from the ceiling. Rotating in concentric circles, the mobile visualises astronomical data showing the earth’s position in the known galaxy.

Berlin-based artist defies the conventional understanding of time and space in her work. From manipulating the mechanical workings of a clock, to creating liquid pools of mirrored glass, she converts common materials into extraordinary artworks that alter our perception of the world.


Curator tour

29th of September, 6.30pm
Whitechapel Gallery

FREE but check HERE for essential booking

Join Whitechapel Gallery curator Daniel F. Herrmann for a tour of Alicia Kwade‘s Whitechapel Gallery commission, and learn about the key themes and interests that run through her work. 

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