Radek Szlaga

b. 1979, lives and works in Brussels (BE) and Detroit (US).

Graduate of the University of Arts in Poznań. Szlaga’s primary media are painting, drawing, sculpture and installation as he takes an adventurous and experimental approach to Eastern European and American visual culture, while making full use of the imagery of his own subconscious. Central to Szlaga’s work is the exploration of identity and the boundary between its reality and simulation. His practice relies on both historical research and an introspective mining of his own memories and dreams. Szlaga describes his painterly approach as “a way of thinking” implying a constant re-thinking and ‘peeling off’ of layers of tradition and history through the selective recycling of archived and found imagery, which he often literally “cuts and pastes” as he transfers fragments from one canvas to another.

Works are held in the following collections:

– Zachęta — National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
– MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków
– National Museum in Gdańsk
– National Museum in Poznań
– Société Générale Collection, Paris
– European Central Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt am Main
– The ING Polish Art Foundation Collection, Warsaw
– CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
– Museum Jerke, Recklinghausen
– Simulart Collection, Poznań
– Osman Djajadisastra Collection, Germany
– Arsenal Gallery, Białystok
– Museum of Warmia & Mazury, Olsztyn

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Selected exhibitions:

2018
– Places I Had No Intentions of Seeing, Museum Jerke, Recklinghausen, DE (solo)
– Wild at Heart, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL

2017
– Various Deities, Mathare Art Gallery, Nairobi, KE (solo)
– 10 Summer Afterimages, LETO, Warsaw, PL
– 97, Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole, PL
– The Travellers, KUMU, Tallinn, EE
– Post Peace, NEST, Den Haag, NL
– Core Lexicon, Polnishes Institut, Düsseldorf, DE (solo)
– Late Polishness, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
– Post-Peace, Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart, DE
– Piotrowicz and Guests, National Museum in Poznań, PL

2016
– Core Lexicon, BWA Zielona Góra, PL (solo)
– Core Lexicon, Gowen Contemporary, Geneva, CH (solo)
– Miejsce. A Place, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, PL
– Money to Burn, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
– this one is smaller than this one, Galerist, Istanbul, TR
– DE – MO – CRA – CY, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin, PL
– The Travellers, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
– All the Brutes, Fresh Paint, Tel Aviv, IL
– Out of Limits, artgeneve 2016, Geneva, CH
– this one is smaller than this one, Postmasters Gallery, New York, US

2015
Puritan, Pioneer Works, Nowy Jork, US (solo)
– All the Brutes, LETO, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– All The Brutes, Harlan Levey Project, Brussels, BE (solo)
– State of Life. Polish Contemporary Art Within a Global Circumstance, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, CN
– Sammlung Dr Werner Jerke. Eine Auswahl, Atlas Sztuki, Łódź, PL
– The Heart, Galerie Laure Roynette, Paris, FR (solo)
– WY 3208G, Warsaw, PL
– Cannibalism? On Appropriation in Art, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL

2014
– Show with a Lovely Title, LETO, Warsaw, PL
– Stendhal Syndrome, Zona Sztuki Aktualnej, Szczecin, PL
– Hate Speech. I Exclude the Exclusion, Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw, PL
– Primary Images, ArtBrussels 2014, Brussels, BE
– Milenium, Czytelnia Sztuki, Gliwice, PL (solo)

2013
– Limited Dictionary, Trinosophes, Detroit, US (solo)
– Tribute to Errors and Leftovers, Performa 13, New York, US
– BRITISH BRITISH POLISH POLISH, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
– Migrations | Creations, Emigration Museum, Tricity, PL
– A Few Practical Ways to Prolong One’s Life, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL

2012
– Freedom Club, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Freedom Club – Trailer, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw
– Arrière-garde, Temporary Gallery Cologne, Cologne, DE
– Respect paper, Piktogram/BLA, Warsaw, PL
– Transatlantic, Frieze Art Fair, New York, US
– Coming soon, Temporary Gallery Cologne, DE
– Wat doet u daar?, Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, NL

2011
– They don’t know why, but they keep doing it, waterside contemporary, London UK
– Sweatboxing II, LETO, Warszawa, PL
– Freedom Club, West Gallery Den Haag, The Hague, NL (solo)
– Oysz… painters, Alexander Ochs Galerie, Berlin, DE
– Dreams/Icons, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, PL (solo)
– Galeria Blanca Soto, Madrit, ES
– New Wave, BWA Bydgoszcz, PL

2010
– The End, Aleksander Ochs Gallery, Berlin, DE (solo)
– The Way, LETO, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– FALSE RECOGNITION / 14TH VILNIUS PAINTING TRIENNIAL Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, LT
– Fake Fauna Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznan, PL (solo)
– Iconoclasm, White Space, Pekin, CN (solo)
– The Way, National Museum in Szczecin, Szczecin, PL (solo)

2009
– The Calendar 2010, LETO, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– WHERE TO GO? Notes on Transformation after 1989, Rotor association for contemporary art, Graz, AU
– Le coeur est un chasseur solitaire, Gare Sauveur, Festival LILLE 3000, FR
– Short I, Alexander Ochs Gallery, Berlin, DE (solo)

2008
– Atlantis, LETO, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Revaluations, Austrian Cultural Forum, Warsaw, PL
– Establishment, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL

2007
– Atlantis, Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznan, PL (solo)
– Closeness, LETO, Warsaw, PL
– Squares, POSK Gallery, London, UK
– History and geography, Zderzak Gallery, Krakow, PL (solo)

Scholarships, Awards & Residencies:

2015
– Residency Unlimited, New York
– Penthouse Art Space Residency, Brussels

2013
– Polityka’s Passport nominee

2012
– Kompas Młodej Sztuki, 1st Prize for emerging Polish artist
– ISCP Residency, New York

2011
– TVP KULTURA Prize for the artistic group Penerstwo

2010
– Residency at the White Space, Beijing, China

2008
– Scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
– ”Polska The Times” Prize for Young Artists

2007
– City of Poznan artistic scholarship