Konrad Smoleński

b.1977, lives and works in Bern (CH) and Warsaw (PL).

Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, member of the now-legendary Penerstwo art formation. Member of i.a. KOT, Kristen, and BNNT groups. Winner of the 2011 VIEWS competition of the Deutsche Bank Foundation; represented Poland at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale. Active in visual arts and sound for more than a decade. His art bases on the experience of the medium, exploring its capacity, and impact on the reception. Usually creates audio and video installations, performances, self-made objects and DIY instruments. His projects occasionally hints at the experimental, at opening up to the unforeseeable and the accidental; in other cases, they are fully conscious activities targeting an expressive reaction of the viewer.

www.konradsmolenski.com

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Selected exhibitions:

2016
– Escape from the Liberty Cinema, Galerie im Saalbau, Berlin, DE
– Money to Burn, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
– Common Affairs – Revisiting the Views Award, Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin, DE
– Otwarte Miasto. Festiwal Sztuki w przestrzeni publicznej, Lublin, PL
– Przegląd Sztuki Survival, Wrocław, PL
– How to Waste Time, Manifesta 11, Kunstverein Zurich, CH
– Dopplereffect, Voorkamer, Lier, BE
– Transparent, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
– Rokolectiv Festival, Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana, Bucharest, RO
– Phantom Power, Polish Institute in Berlin, DE (solo)
– The Time Is Out of Joint, Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju, KR
– The Silence of Sounds, Muzeum Współczesne, Wrocław, PL
– The Time Is Out of Joint, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, AE
– Presence/ Absence/ Traces. Contemporary Artists on Jewish Warsaw, POLIN. Museum of History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, PL

2015
– Galeria Arsenal Notebook, Think Tank lab Triennale, Wroclaw, PL
– The Silence of Sounds, BWA Jelenia Góra, PL
– Sound Noir, NAK. Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, DE
– Retuning. Leszek Knaflewski and Soundscapes, Center of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
– FABRIK FEST, Kulturfabrik Burgdorf, CH
– Intersection of Sets, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, PL
– KRAAK Festival 2015, Aalst, BE
– Un Tune, CTM Festival, Berlin, DE

2014

– Show with a Lovely Title, Leto Gallery, Warsaw, PL
– ORKEST!, NETWERK, Aalst, BE
– People Are Strange, BWA, Olsztyn, PL
– One Mind in a Million Heads, Volkspaleis, Den Haag, NL (solo)
– The Oxymoron of Normality, Depo, Istanbul, TR
– Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More – Time test, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Split, West, Den Haag, NL (solo)
– Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More – Time Test, CentrePasquArt, Biel, CH
– Void. If the Universe Is Expanding, Are We Drifting Apart Too?, Kunsthalle Winterthur, CH
– The Oxymoron of Normality, Arsenał Gallery, Białystok, PL
– Ruptures & Convergences, Kuad Gallery, Stambuł, TR
– The Reins Lenght Determines the Diameter of the Arena, Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole, PL
– Primary Images, ArtBrussels 2014, Brussels, BE
– Atlas of Modernity. The 20th and 21st Century Art Collection, Museum of Art – ms2, Łódź, PL
– As You Can See. Polish Art Today, Museum of Modern Art In Warsaw, PL
– BOOSTER. Art Sound Machine, Museum MARTa Herford, DE

2013

– S.T.R.H., CCA Łaźnia, Gdańsk, PL (solo)
– Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More, Polish Pavilion, 55th Biennale di Venezia, IT (solo)
– THERE WILL BE ARTCTION!, Bunker of Art, Cracow, PL
– Plum Pudding Peanut Island, Elephant, Los Angeles, US
– The Poet, Blinded by the Sun, Elephant, Los Angeles, US
– Degrees of Freedom, JEMP – ICA, London, UK (BNNT)
– Tribute to Errors and Leftovers, Performa 13, New York, US
– Learning From Warsaw, Kunstverein, Zürich, CH
– Limited Dictionary, Trinosophes, Detroit, US (BNNT)
– BRITISH BRITISH POLISH POLISH, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
– Point without I, Arsenał Gallery, Białystok, PL
– CKTV, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, US
– Twisted Entities, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE
– THE ARTISTS, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL (x0)

2012

– Mold, Fryderyk Chopin Museum, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– HOOLS, Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warsaw, PL
– The End of Radio, Pinchuk Art Center, Kyiv, Ukraine (solo)
– Was ist ist ..!!, Manifesta 9, Genk, BE (BNNT)
– Bel Etage, In the shadow of the sun, Berlin, DE (BNNT)
– SCONTRUM Evolutions, Museum of Sculpture, Warsaw, PL (BNNT)
– Intense Proximity, La Triennale Paris, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR (BNNT)
– Coming soon, Temporary Gallery Cologne, DE
– Respect Paper, Piktogram / BLA, Warsaw, PL
– The end of radio, Manhattan Gallery, Lodz PL
(solo)
– IT’S ON, Leto Gallery, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– GRADIENT, Cleopatra’s, Berlin, DE

2011

– They don’t know why, but they keep doing it, waterside contemporary, London, UK
– Views, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, PL
– Give a voice, Zona Gallery, Szczecin, PL
– MIR, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok PL
-Guerrillias, Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznan, PL
– River, Elephant Art Space, Los Angeles, USA
– Sound Bombing, Art Boom Festival, Cracow, PL
– Sound Bombing II, Open City Festival, Lublin, PL

2010

– The End, Re:wizje, Warsaw, PL
– Journey around the skull, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
– Letni Nieletni, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL

2009

– Chunks, LETO Gallery, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Evil Hidden Black, Stereo Gallery, Poznan, PL (solo)
– Le coeur est un chasseur solitaire, Gare St. Sauveur, Lille, FR
– Watch It, Art Agenda Nova, Cracow, PL (solo)
– Half twin for sale, Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznan, PL

2008
– Asian Gates, Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, DE
– 8780 project, XR Gallery, Lubon, PL
– Voyage Sentimental, National Museum, Poznan, PL
– Stomach, Slodownia Gallery, Old Brewery, Poznan, PL

2007
– Penerstwo, PGR Art, Gdansk, PL
– PROVOPOLIS#2, Contemporary Art Norwich – Outpost Gallery / Norwich Arts Centre, UK

Scholarships & Residencies:

2011

– First Prize Winner – Views Deutsche Bank Foundation Award for the most interesting young polish artist
– 18th St. Art Center Residency. Trust for mutual Understanding Scholarship. Santa Monica / Los Angeles

2009
– Visegrad Artist Residency Program in Prague, CZ

2000
– Scholarship of Polish Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage
– City of Poznan artistic scholarship