Miroslaw Balka “Nehtym”
Miroslaw Balka. Courtesy Galleria Raffaella Cortese.


Galleria Raffaella Cortese
Via Stradella 1,7, 4 – 20129 Milano MI


22 Sep 2022 - 12 Nov 2022



Miroslaw Balka “Nehtym”

Introduced by the word-play of the title nehtyM, mirrored version of the German word “Mythen” (in English, Myth), which underlines the artist’s voyage into the mythical concept, the exhibition shows new bodies of work, drawings and sculptures, across the three macro-areas of Desire, Gravity and Togetherness.

The journey continues Balka’s research within the delicate relationship between art and life, ever present in Balka’s work since the 80s, interweaving personal experiences with images from collective memory. While diving into the exhibition, the viewer approaches the first area of Desire, featured by three large drawings that represent Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty and Niobe, Tantalus’ daughter who was punished for her hubris in maternal pride for her many children. These figures became the first subject of desire during Miroslaw’s childhood, when he was looking at black and white mythology books at the age of twelve.