#photography & visual arts
Mirosław Bałka: Fragment
The exhibition Fragment is the comprehensive and retrospective presentation devoted to video works of Mirosław Bałka in Poland and the world
Fragment presents film installations from the last twelve years of Bałka's activities, from the oldest, from 1998 to the latest, from 2010, presented for the first time to the public. Due to the artist's recent departure from video art, it also comprises a review of his work in the medium.
As one of the most renowned contemporary Polish sculptors, Mirosław Bałka is known throughout the world for his installations, sculptures and video works. Counted among the classics of contemporary art, he has been represented at such events as the Venice Biennale, the Documenta in Kassel and recently at the Tate Modern in London and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.According to critics, Bałka's film installations and sculptures often return to a history and memory of the dark experiences and lives of Poles, crimes committed against humanity in the twentieth century, which tug the mind in all sorts of directions. His works, recall the tragedies of European history such as the Holocaust, although never in an overtly literal way, memorialise events through symbolic abstraction rather than distinct monument. Their message is universal.
Fragment by Mirosław Bałka opened on the 28th of October 2011 and ran till the 8th of January 2012 at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
For more information about the exhibition and images see: Bałka's Fragment in Berlin.