Mirosław Bałka

Mirosław Bałka
Mirosław Bałka, Fountain, 2008. Kröller-Müller Museum, Netherlands

Mirosław Bałka (1958-), born in Warsaw, is a famous contemporary Polish painter and sculptor. Balka graduated from Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts in 1985.[1]

Balka’s solo exhibitions include those at the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan; the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands; the Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK) in Ghent, Belgium; Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland; and the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin, Ireland.[1]

His previous works include a sculpture called 480x10x10 (1990) and an installation called Oasis (C.D.F.) (1989).[2]

In 2009, Balka installed How It Is (2009), the 10th Unilever Series commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, which opened on 13th October, 2009.[3][4][5]

Balka lives and works in Warsaw and Otwock.

See also


  1. ^ a b 'The Shadow of Life's Mechanisms: A Conversation with Miroslaw Balka', Sculpture magazine, November 2004.
  2. ^ Tate Modern website. 'Tate Collection: Oasis C.D.F., 1989'. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  3. ^ "BBC News: Polish artist chosen to fill Tate". BBC. 2009-01-29. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts_and_culture/7858316.stm. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  4. ^ Tate Modern website. 'The Unilever Series: Miroslaw Balka'. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  5. ^ Lewis, Rebecca. 'Miroslaw Balka, How it is', this is tomorrow, 18 November 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010.