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Polish artist chosen to fill Tate

Miroslaw Balka.  Sam Drake, Tate Photography
The Turbine Hall installation will be Balka's first UK public commission

Polish artist Miroslaw Balka has been commissioned by London's Tate Modern gallery to fill its Turbine Hall.

Balka will be the tenth artist to display their work in the hall when the exhibition opens in October.

Comprising installation, sculpture and video, Balka's work explore themes of personal history and experience.

Two hundred yellow and blue bunk bed frames currently fill the hall, as part of French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's installation.

Balka was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1958, and he lives and works in Warsaw and Otwock. This will be his first public commission in the UK.

His previous works include Oasis (C.D.F.) created using materials which have a particular personal resonance, such as milk, wooden planks from his childhood home and pine needles salvaged from the tree that grew outside his window.

Miroslaw Balka's Oasis (C.D.F.)
Balka's Oasis (C.D.F.) is currently on display at Tate Modern

The work suggests a domestic setting in which the daily rituals of human existence - eating and sleeping, love and death - are played out.

Vicente Todoli, director of Tate Modern said: "As one of the most significant contemporary artists of his generation, he has been described as a 'master poet'.

"We look forward to seeing what he will create for the unique space at Tate Modern in October."

More than 20 million people have come to view the nine installations since The Unilever Series began in 2000.

Works have included a series of giant slides by the Belgian-born artist Carsten Holler, and British artist Anish Kapoor's giant red Marsyas sculpture.

Balka's installation will be open to the public from 19 October to 5 April 2010.

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