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Mirosław Bałka, 230 x 107 x 10 / Blue Wave (detail), 1990, wood, steel, concrete, salt, 7 7/8 × 90 5/8 × 42 1/8". Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri.

Mirosław Bałka

Galleria Raffaella Cortese | Via Stradella 1

Mirosław Bałka, 230 x 107 x 10 / Blue Wave (detail), 1990, wood, steel, concrete, salt, 7 7/8 × 90 5/8 × 42 1/8". Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri.

Concurrently with Mirosław Bałka’s first retrospective in Italy at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan, the artist had his fourth solo exhibition at Galleria Raffaella Cortese. The show—spread over the gallery’s three exhibition spaces—was conceived as a journey in stages that would gradually introduce the visitor to motifs of both continuity and divergence in Bałka’s research. Born in Warsaw in 1958, this Polish artist is particularly representative of his generation, and the work presented here made it possible to trace the past three decades of Bałka’s output and to identify his fundamental thematic concerns. The show included works created in the 1980s and the 1990s as well as his most recent production, conceived specifically for this occasion. Viewed as a whole, the progression of the exhibition could be understood as an acceleration “in relation to time,” which is the

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