Konrad Smoleński

b. 1977, lives and works in Warsaw (PL) and London (UK).

Graduate of the University of Arts in Poznań. Smoleński is a multimedia artist working in sound, video, installation and performance. His works combine punk rock aesthetics with a precision and elegance typically associated with minimalism. Through the use of sound objects that are plucked directly from popular culture or of his own creation, Smoleński examines the effects of free-flowing en­ergy. This is evident in works where a sound signal is manipulated live and/or is forced into an interaction with the audience. By exploring the possibilities of electricity, sound waves and PA systems, he manip­ulates the meanings that are usually attributed to objects connected with rock music and contempo­rary art culture. Winner of the Deutsche Bank Foundation Award — Views (2011). He represented Poland at the 55th Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition at the Polish Pavilion (2013). He is leader of the BNNT sound per­formance project. Co-founder of the PENERSTWO artistic collective.

www.konradsmolenski.com

Works are held in the following collections:

– Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
– Ludwig Museum — Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
– Zachęta — National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
– The ING Polish Art Foundation Collection, Warsaw
– Museum of Art, Łódź
– CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
– Wrocław Contemporary Museum
– Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Kraków
– Arsenal Gallery, Białystok
– Labirynt Gallery, Lublin

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Selected exhibitions & projects:

2018
– Swag & Threat, TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, Szczecin, PL
– The End, DAMA, Turin, IT
– Peer-To-Peer, Museum of Art, Łódź, PL (BNNT)
– Canti Espositi, Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole, PL
– Other Dances, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL

2017
– The Best Gallery, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
– Field Survey, Jewish Motifs International Film Festival, Warsaw, PL
– Present, Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole, PL
– Ping Pong Amplified, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw, PL
– 10 Summer Afterimages, LETO, Warsaw
– Peculiarities and Utopias, Centre for the Meeting of Cultures, Lublin, PL

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, Awards & Residencies:

2015
– Zurich Art Prize Nomination

2014
– Residency in POLIN – Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, Warsaw, PL

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


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