Aleksandra Mir

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Aleksandra Mir (born 1967) is a contemporary artist. She was born in Poland, has American and Swedish citizenship, and lives in London.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Mir was born in Poland in 1967; she grew up in Sweden, studied in New York, lived in Palermo, Sicily,[2] and now lives in London.[1] Her work has been shown at Tate Modern, London; at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt;[2] at M - Museum Leuven;[3] at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City;[4][5] and at the Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil.[6]

The How Not to Cookbook, (Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2009 and Rizzoli, NYC 2010) collected advise from 1,000 home cooks from around the world who explained what not to do in the kitchen.[7][8]

In First Woman on the Moon (1999), Mir converted a Dutch beach into a moonscape for one day with the help of bulldozers.[9][10][11] The video of this event has been presented at multiple venues,[12][13] at the International Space University, Strasbourg [14] and at the UK Space Conference, Liverpool, 2015.[15]

In 2002, Mir painted the Mandela Way T-34 Tank pink with Cubitt Artists.[16]

For Newsroom 1986–2000 (2007), Mir with a group of assistants copied 240 NYC tabloid covers in felt-tip marker and mounted them in an ever-revolving installation to simulate the daily workings of a Manhattan newsroom.[17][18][19][20][21][22] Mir has created a series of large scale murals using only Sharpie marker pens.[23]

In Triumph she collected 2529 trophies from the general public of Sicily and exhibited them all in one installation at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2009). It traveled to the South London Gallery for the London Olympics in 2012.[24]

Mir has created Plane Landing, a real size helium inflatable jet plane, meant not to fly, but to hover above the ground as "a sculpture of a jet plane in a permanent state of landing".[25]


  1. ^ a b c Stuart Comer, Valentina Ravaglia ([s.d.]). Aleksandra Mir. Tate Modern. Accessed March 2016.
  2. ^ a b Sandra Danicke, Plunder des Triumphs, Frankfurter Rundschau, 13 May 2009
  3. ^ Sam Steverlyncky, Een kleine stap voor een vrouw, De Standaard, Brussels, 5 December 2013
  4. ^ Sarah Gascone, The Whitney's Hidden Gems: 10 Masterworks Not to Miss in the New Building, artnet news, 24 April 2015
  5. ^ Ryann Donnelly, Built to Spill, Interview Magazine, 24 October 2011
  6. ^ Francisco Dalcol, Obra que simula queda de satélite em Porto Alegre abre 9ª Bienal do Mercosul, Zero Hora, 12 September 2013
  7. ^ Alex Renton, Never boil and avocado, and other handy tips, The Times, 20 August 2009
  8. ^ Paula Forbes, The How Not to Cookbook: Lessons learned the Hard Way, the Anti-Cookbook, Eat Me Daily, 24 August 2009
  9. ^ Lars Bang Larsen, First Woman on the Moon, Frieze, London, #50, January 2000
  10. ^ Will Bradley, Life and Times: Aleksandra Mir, Frieze, Issue 75, 2003
  11. ^ Nancy Spector, All the World..., Frieze, Issue 98, London, April, 2006
  12. ^ Jeroen Junte, Kunstenares Mir landt op strand, De Volkskrant, Amsterdam, 27 August 1999
  13. ^ Tim Griffin, Openings: Aleksandra Mir, Artforum, NYC, February 2003
  14. ^ Lecturers, International Space University, Strasbourg, 2015
  15. ^ Speakers, UK Space Conference, Liverpool, 2015
  16. ^ Gibbs, Jonathan (2 November 2003). "Talk of the Town: Pink Tank". The Independent on Sunday. Archived from the original on 2005-09-04. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  17. ^ Steven Stern, Newsroom, Frieze, #115, London, May 2008
  18. ^ Simon Houpt, Yesterday's front page turns into today's art, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, October 22, 2007
  19. ^ Roberta Smith, New York Stories: Art Torn Screaming From the Headlines, Then Hung on Walls, New York Times, October 20, 2007
  20. ^ gninja, Review of "Newsroom 1986 – 2000": What Is Roberta Smith Going on About?, Art(h)ist'ry, 20 October 2007
  21. ^ Jen Schwarting, Aleksandra Mir Newsroom 1986-2000, The Brooklyn Rail, NYC, November, 2007
  22. ^ James Reinl, 9/11 art and the 'Course of Empire' , Al Jazeera, NYC, 10 September 2015
  23. ^ Johanna Hofleitner, Albertina: Zeichnungen zimmern, Die Presse, Vienna, 21 May 2015
  24. ^ Catherine Gaffney, Going for Gold: Aleksandra Mir investigates our relationship with the trophy, itsnicethat, London, July, 2012
  25. ^ Aidan Dunne, A Sligo group show dreams big and succeeds, The Irish Times, Dublin, 10 September 2015

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