Aleksandra Mir

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Aleksandra Mir (born 1967) is a Swedish - American artist currently based in London.

Life and work[edit]

Aleksandra Mir is a visual artist who works in a variety of media, from drawing, photography, film to public interventions and publishing. She has held 70 solo projects and exhibitions and participated in over 200 group shows worldwide, including at Tate Modern, London, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, M-Museum, Leuven and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.

She studied Communications at Gothenburg University, Media Arts at the School of Visual Arts, New York (BFA, 1992), and Cultural Anthropology at The Graduate Faculty, The New School for Social Research, New York (1994–96). She has lived in Lubin, Poland (1967-1972), Lund and Partille, Sweden (1972 -1989), NYC (1989 - 2005), Palermo, Sicily (2005 -2010), London (2010-) and holds dual Swedish - American citizenship.

In First Woman on the Moon (1999), Mir transformed a Dutch beach into a moonscape for one day with the help of bulldozers. At sunset she climbed up onto its highest peak, planted the American flag, opened a bottle of champagne and invited the audience to climb up and join her in the celebration.[1][2][3] The video of this event has been presented at a vast number of art world venues, at the International Space University, Strasbourg [4] and at the UK Space Conference, Liverpool, 2015. [5]

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.[6][7][8][9][10] [11] Mir has expanded on her collaborative drawing practice to create a series of large scale murals using only Sharpie marker pens. They include Drawing Room, Drawing Room, London (2014) and Tropical Room, Albertina, Vienna (2015). [12]

At the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt she collected 2529 Trophies from the general public of Sicily and exhibited them all in one installation called Triumph (2009). It traveled to the South London Gallery for the London Olympics in 2012. [13]

For the 53rd Venice Biennale, Mir created Venezia (all places contain all others) (2009) and printed one million postcards of such diverse waterways as a spring in the Sahara Desert, the waterfront of Manhattan, the fountains of Paris and the lakes of Nordic villages, all overlaid with text declaring the images to be of Venice. The one million cards were freely offered to the public who distributed them further around the world[14]

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". She has landed it on the country estate of Compton Verney in Warwickshire (2003), on the tarmac on the Zurich airport (2008) at various locations around central Paris (2008) and at Hazelwood, Sligo (2015). [15]


  1. ^ Lars Bang Larsen, First Woman on the Moon, Frieze, London, #50, January 2000
  2. ^ Will Bradley, Life and Times: Aleksandra Mir, Frieze, Issue 75, 2003
  3. ^ Nancy Spector, All the World..., Frieze, Issue 98, London, April, 2006
  4. ^ Lecturers, International Space University, Strasbourg, 2015
  5. ^ Speakers, UK Space Conference, Liverpool, 2015
  6. ^ Steven Stern, Newsroom, Frieze, #115, London, May 2008
  7. ^ Simon Houpt, Yesterday's front page turns into today's art, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, October 22, 2007
  8. ^ Roberta Smith, New York Stories: Art Torn Screaming From the Headlines, Then Hung on Walls, New York Times, October 20, 2007
  9. ^ gninja, Review of "Newsroom 1986 – 2000": What Is Roberta Smith Going on About?, Art(h)ist'ry, October 20, 2007
  10. ^ Jen Schwarting, Aleksandra Mir Newsroom 1986-2000, The Brooklyn Rail ,NYC, November, 2007
  11. ^ James Reinl, 9/11 art and the 'Course of Empire' , Al Jazeera, NYC, 10 September, 2015
  12. ^ Johanna Hofleitner, Albertina: Zeichnungen zimmern, Die Presse, Vienna, 21 May, 2015
  13. ^ Catherine Gaffney, Going for Gold: Aleksandra Mir investigates our relationship with the trophy, itsnicethat, London, July, 2012
  14. ^ Stefano Tonchi, Venice, Slowly but Surely, New York Times, NYC, June 9, 2009
  15. ^ Aidan Dunne, A Sligo group show dreams big and succeeds, The Irish Times, Dublin, 10 September, 2015

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