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Mirosław Bałka

Date and place of birth: 1958, Warsaw, Poland

Living place: Otwock, Poland

Theme: art

ECC Participation: artist

photo: private archive

A great classic of contemporary art: sculptor, spatial activities artist, video artist. Bałka wrestles with themes of history, memory, coded/suppressed past, traces, rudimentary issues. Significant number of his works touches upon the Shoah. In October 2009 Bałka presented a gigantic installation “How It Is” at the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern in London. It was a spectacular success, proving the author to be one of the most prominent artists in the world art market.

"I think we're quick to forget and place the blame on others. That's why I want to remind everyone about it."

Mirosław Bałka’s works can be found in major international collections, such as: Hishhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington), Tate Gallery (London), Museet for Samtid-kunst (Oslo), Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Kaiser Wilhelm Museum (Krefeld), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Muzeum Sztuki (Łódź).