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Gladstone Gallery is pleased to announce a new large-scale installation by Miroslaw Balka. Employing non-traditional a rt materials\, Balka will create a monumental work that draws on historical tragedy to reflect on the limits of the world\, continuity\, and catastrop he. Balka will transform the 21st Street gallery space\, constructing a pri vate room in which to encounter his work and creating an intimate atmospher e for viewers to contemplate the massive\, elegiac sculpture before them. M editating on trauma\, the discourse of nature\, and the resulting wounds of historical events\, the work encourages viewers to confront the past and t o bear witness to the events that have come to define our present.

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Over the course of the past thirty years\, Balka has creat ed a diverse body of work that engages notions of historical memory\, the l imits of representation\, and the power and veracity of language. Encompass ing installation\, sculpture and video\, Balka’s oeuvre has a bare and mini malist quality\, exhibiting a particular sensitivity to materials that gene rate multilayered associations for the viewer as witness. Balka utilizes sy mbolic abstraction rather than discrete monument to address places and even ts sometimes related to the legacy of Nazi occupation in Poland and to inve stigate notions of trauma and collective memory.

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F or “The Order of Things\,” Balka will contemplate both the possibility for and the limits of language and structural representation as a means for und erstanding history and its aftermath. Looking at the way conventions of tru th and cultural discourse shift over time\, Balka will contemplate the limi tations of our usual modes of classification and depiction\, moving beyond them to introduce the viewer to new modes of thought.

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Miroslaw Balka was born in 1958 in Warsaw and was raised in Otwock\, Po land\, where he kept his studio until recently. Balka now lives and works i n Warsaw. He has been the subject of many solo exhibitions at international venues\, including Akademie der Künste\, Berlin\; Douglas Hyde Gallery\, D ublin\; Center for Contemporary Art\, Warsaw\; Museo Reina Sofía\, Madrid\; the Irish Museum of Modern Art\, Dublin\; K21\, Dusseldorf\, Germany\; Nat ional Museum of Art\, Osaka\; Museet for Samtidskunst\, Oslo\; IVAM\, Centr e Del Carme\, Valencia\; Van Abbemuseum\, Eindhoven\; Museum Haus Lange\, K refeld\; and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Balka ha s also been included in a number of important group exhibitions\, including : “The Carnegie International 1995\,” Carnegie Museum of Art\, Pittsburgh\, Pennsylvania\; Documenta IX\, Kassel\, Germany\; The 44th\, 50th and 51th Venice Biennale\, Venice\, Italy\; The 9th and 15th Sydney Biennale\, Sydne y\, Australia\; and the 2006 SITE Santa Fe\, Santa Fe\, New Mexico. Balka w as awarded the 2009—2010 Unilever Tate Turbine Hall commission at Tate Mode rn\, and in 2011 was included in the exhibition “Ostalgia” at the New Museu m of Contemporary Art\, New York.

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