l'ordre des mondes (Totem), 2022

patinated bronze, Rosa Portogallo, Masi Green, Wonder Grey, Cloudy Palissandro, black granite, Green Amazonia, Grey Filetto

325 x 58 x 58 cm

With "l'ordre des mondes," Alicja Kwade playfully explores the relationship between human existence and the surrounding universe. The marble spheres, distinguished by their varied colors and sizes, evoke planets and alien worlds. They are mounted within a towering structure of chairs, everyday objects that introduce an abstract scale in contrast to the otherwise monumental planets. The artwork challenges the notion of humanity being at the center of the universe while confronting the power that confronts us when we expand our horizons to contemplate the boundless expanse of space. The title "l'ordre des mondes" is a reference to Piero Manzoni's bronze work "Socle du Monde" from 1961, where the inscription must be read upside down. In the act of reading, the pedestal suddenly appears inverted, serving as the foundation for the world resting upon it. Observational yet impartial, Alicja Kwade prompts us to reflect on our relationship with the world. What value do we attribute to our Earth? And on which hierarchical level do we place ourselves in the universe?

@ Images Roman März