Friday, February 27, 2015


March 7 - May 31 2015

Cannibalism? On Appropriation in Art

Zacheta National Gallery of Art
Warsaw, Poland

Artists: John Bock, Cezary Bodzianowski, Candice Breitz, Jordan Doner, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Jack Goldstein, Douglas Gordon, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Johannes Kahrs, Deborah Kass, Edward Krasiński, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Goshka Macuga, Sandro Miller, Jonathan Monk, Yasumasa Morimura, Henrik Olesen, Richard Pettibone, Richard Prince, Karol Radziszewski, Thomas Ruff, Adam Rzepecki, Cindy Sherman, Aleksandra Ska, Jan Smaga, John Stezaker, Radek Szlaga, Rosemarie Trockel, Piotr Uklański, Ai Weiwei

Curator: Maria Brewinska

Photo: Karol Radziszewski, Taste it, 2006

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kisieland / Polish Art Today

My "Kisieland" project will be presented at the "Procedures for the head/Polish Art Today" exhibition at Kunsthalle Bratislava.

Opening: 26th February 2015
Dom umenia/Kunsthalle Bratislava
Nám SNP 12, 812 34 Bratislava, Slovakia

Duration: 27th February - 28th June 2015

Paweł Althamer & Paulina Antoniewicz & Jacek Taszakowski, Ewa Axelrad, Mirosław Bałka, Wojciech Bąkowski, Piotr Bosacki, Paweł Bownik, Olaf Brzeski, Rafał Bujnowski, Oskar Dawicki, Wojciech Doroszuk, Nicolas Grospierre, Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga, Łukasz Jastrubczak, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Magdalena Karpińska, Tomasz Kowalski, Agnieszka Kurant, Milena Korolczuk, Zbigniew Libera, Goshka Macuga, Marcin Maciejowski, Honorata Martin, Krzysztof Mężyk, Gizela Mickiewicz, Katarzyna Mirczak, Anna Molska, Mikołaj Moskal, Witek Orski, Sławomir Pawszak, Agnieszka Piksa, Agnieszka Polska, Katarzyna Przezwańska, Wojciech Puś, Karol Radziszewski, Joanna Rajkowska, Bianka Rolando, Wilhelm Sasnal, Maciej Sieńczyk, Janek Simon, Slavs and Tatars, Łukasz Surowiec, Monika Szwed, Iza Tarasewicz, Mariusz Tarkawian, Aleksandra Waliszewska, Jakub Woynarowski, Jakub Julian Ziółkowski, Anna Zaradny, Artur Żmijewski

Curator: Sebastian Cichocki

Procedures for the head/Polish Art Today is a continuation of the exhibition As You Can See presented at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw at the beginning of 2014. This exhibition was the first such extensive presentation of contemporary Polish art in more than a decade. Featuring more than 80 artists representing different generations, media and art centers, focus was attributed to the most important work, approaches and themes employed by artists. Sebastian Cichocki and Łukasz Ronduda, the exhibition’s curators, intentionally chose the conservative exhibition format of the art salon in an attempt to shift attention from curatorial experimentation to the works of art themselves. However, it was a rather unusual salon — critical, emancipatory, psychedelic, often brutal, perverse, self-confident and ambiguous.

The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.

Friday, February 20, 2015

In the Shadow of the Flame

Here is the documentation of my In the Shadow of the Flame solo exhibition at the BWA Warszawa in Warsaw.

In the autumn of 1969 Jerzy Grotowski's Laboratory Theater arrives in America for the first time. The troupe puts on three shows: "Acropolis", "The Constant Prince" and "Apocalypsis cum figuris". Performances are a smash. Soon enough, Ryszard Cieślak, the actor playing the "Prince" is awarded the prize for best actor of the season in an Off Broadway show.

Laboratory performances take place in a church space on Washington Square. Just a few streets down, at Union Square, lies the Andy Warhol's famous Factory, where the cream of America's art establishment convenes on a regular basis. Many of their por-traits are captured by the lens of Warhol himself - today these multi-coloured Polaroid series have achieved cult status.

It's not difficult to imagine Cieślak arriving at one of the Factory's innumerable parties and having Warhol take his photo. If such a meeting had actually taken place, the image would have been akin to the works currently on show at BWA Warszawa as part of Karol Radziszewski's latest exhibiton.

In 1975 Margaret Croyden interviews Cieślak. Several years later, fascinated by the Laboratory's craft, the American journalist arrives in Poland. At the beginning of the 1990s she publishes the book "In the Shadow of the Flame". Cieślak is among the main characters in the book. In opposition to the purely academic approach of traditional theater scholars, Croyden reveals her meeting with the actor from a personal point of view. She shares her facination with his physicality, his muscular body, his manliness. She presents Cieślak not only as an actor of experimental theater, but as a star, an idol, a man. The exhibition at BWA Warszawa brings the memories of their meeting back through a fragment of Radziszewski's latest film "The Prince".

"In the Shadow of the Flame" is another in a line of projects by the artist in which he tackles the myth of the "Polish America". Previously, with "America Is Not Ready for This", Radziszewski posed a simple question: Did Natalia LL, an artist who arrived in New York City on a grant in 1977 have a real chance at an international career? Could her local experience be understood and appreciated on the American art scene? The narrative "In the Shadow of the Flame" follows a similar trope, while taking a more fantastic turn. On the one hand, we have the highly spiritual theater of Grotowski, and on the other, the loud, commercial pop produced by the Factory. Could Cieślak be adopted as one of Warhol's classic heroes? Did he possess the sex appeal required to be considered a real icon of pop culture? Was America ready to accept this view? Are we ready for it today?

Photos by Bartosz Górka

new paintings in Zwierciadlo

My new Warhol-style paintings portraying Ryszard Cieslak published in the recent issue of the "Zwierciadlo" magazine :)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Książę w Łodzi / The Prince in Lodz

Serdecznie zapraszam na pokaz "Księcia" w Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi oraz spotkanie po projekcji.

ms2, ul. Ogrodowa 19
19 lutego 2015, czwartek, g. 18.00

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Książę w Kaliszu / The Prince in Kalisz

Zapraszam na pokaz mego filmu "Książę" oraz spotkanie poświęcone jego bohaterowi, Ryszardowi Cieślakowi.

Pokaz odbędzie się w ramach cyklu "Kino (na) sztuki" w Galerii Sztuki im. Jana Tarasina w Kaliszu.

Spotkanie z udziałem Karola Radziszewskiego, Aliny Obidniak, Włodzimierza Garsztki i Macieja Michalskiego.
Prowadzenie: Katarzyna Koślacz

Monday, February 9, 2015

Fag Fighters / installation in Rotterdam

My Fag Fighters installation in Rotterdam presented in the frame of the R>>EJECT RADICALS film festival (January 2015).