Marcin Maciejowski

Marcin Maciejowski

Born in Babice near Kraków in 1974, Marcin Maciejowski studied architecture at Kraków University of Technology (1994-1996) and Graphic Arts at the Academy of Art (1996-2001). Together with Rafal Bujnowski, Marek Firek, Wilhelm Sasnal and Josef Tomczyk, he founded the Grupa Ladnie (Pretty Group). They denied the myth of the artist as the ingenious creator and questioned art's power to alter society. Since the early 2000s his work has been exhibited internationally. In a virtuosic act of typical simplification and schematisation, Maciejowski combines the crude style of the comic strip with a tempered, sometimes pastose, meticulous style reminiscent of the Old Masters. His own observation of everyday scenes from Kraków's art scene, fragments from Polish textbooks on art history and pictures from the media are the resources he uses. The National Museum in Kraków held an extensive solo exhibition of Maciejowski's work in 2010.

Solo exhibitions

2016


Dimmed Colours, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, Austria


 


2014


Marcin Maciejowski: Composition for a Small Space, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, Poland


 


2013


Marcin Maciejowski, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria


Marcin Maciejowski, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK


Fine Gesture, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2012


Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK


Fantom (with Siggi Hofer), Museum Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biala, Poland


 


2010


Are you really from the art world?, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany


Are you really from the art world?, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France


That's How It Is, National Museum, Kraków, Poland


 


2009


Marcin Maciejowski, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria


 


2008


Not obvious, Gallery Wilkinson, London, UK


 


2007


Bedzie wielka burza (A great storm is coming), Art–pol, Kraków, Poland


Pies Gallery, Poznan, Poland


Uszynka Showcase, Vienna, Austria


I wanna talk to you, Galerie Meyer Kainer at Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany


 


2006


I used to live in Vienna, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria


Struktury Dobra (Structures of the Good), Gallery Raster, Warsaw, Poland


 


2005


Pictures at an Exhibition, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria


Discovery, Gallery Leo König, New York, NY, USA


 


2004


Statement, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland


Dziupla (Stash), Gallery Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland


Painting, Gallery Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, California, USA


 


2003


Let’s behave Normally, Gallery PGS, Sopot, Poland


Rysunki (Drawings), Polityka, Warsaw, Poland


 


2002


Sad, beautiful, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria


They live here and they are doing good here, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland


New Jobs, Galeria Manhattan, Lódz´, Poland


Hier leben sie und hier geht es ihnen gut, Polish Institute, Berlin, Germany


Why did so many Poles went abroad, Company Bayer, Warsaw, Poland


 


2001


The children should not see such scenes, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, Poland


Polska (Poland), Galeria Zderzak, Kraków, Poland


 


2000


Sport i pielegnacja (Sports and Bodystyling), Galeria Zderzak, Kraków, Poland


 


1999


Wembley szaleje, Wembley faluje, Galeria Kolo, Instytut Historii Sztuki UJ, Kraków, Poland


 


1998


Pictures about the good, love and culture, Culture–Club, Kraków, Poland


Group exhibitions

2016


My Abstract World, me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany


 


2014


Eurasia: A view on painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


An Inner Dialogue: The Contemporary Self-Portrait, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, Austria


The Side of Paradise, SI2 London, London, UK


 


2013


Way Back Home, Fundacja Sztuk Wizualnych, Kraków, Poland


Longing for Myself, ESSL Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria


 


2012


Phantom, BWA, Bielsko Biala, Poland


 


2011


History in Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Kraków, Poland


The Power of Fantasy: Modern and Contemporary Polish Art, Brussels, Belgium


 


2010


Schism, Polish Art of the 1990s, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland


The Book in Polish Art and Literature, Delikatesy, Kraków, Poland


Das Porträt im Wandel der Zeit, Sehnsucht nach dem Abbild, Kunsthalle, Krems, Austria


Over and Over Again, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland


The Last Movie, Galerie Raster, Warsaw, Poland.


 


2009


Sehnsucht nach dem Abbild, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria


The Making of Art, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt
, Germany


Last day of Summer, Galeria Pies, Poznan, Poland


 


2008


Bildpolitiken, Kunstverein Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria


 


2007


Exitus, Tod alltäglich, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria


Franz West: Souffle, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria


Polish Painting of the 21st Century, National Galerie Zacheta, Warsaw, Poland


Andrzej finansowo stoi bardzo dobrze, Galeria Zderzak, Kraków, Poland


 


2006


Stan Zewnetrzny (The Inner State), Centrum Kultury "Zamek", Poznan, Poland


Malerei der Gegenwart, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Germany


Kolekcja Bunkra Sztuki, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków. Poland


In Polen, czyli gdzie? In Poland, that is where?, CSW–Zamek Zjazdowski, Warsaw, Poland


Is it Better to Be a Bood Artist or a Good Person?, Gallery Rental, Los Angeles, California, USA


Nach Schiele, Atelier Augarten, Vienna, Austria


 


2005


Wystawa o niczym, BWA, Zielona Gora, Poland


Prague Biennale 2, Overview Poland, Kerlin Hall, Prague, Czesch Republic


Clouding Europe, Gallery Gandy, Bratislava, Slovakia


Stadtmaler: Artists in residence 1988–2001 - Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany


Nach Rykotnik, Die Sammlung der EVN, Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria


Superstars, Von Warhol bis Madonna, Kunsthalle Wien, Kunstforum BA–CA, Vienna, Austria


Falsche Erwartung, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany


Podroze "Made in Poland", Gallery Zderzak, Kraków, Poland


Vom Bild zum Bild. Metamorphose, Museum der Moderne, Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria


Polish Aer of the 20th Century, Nationalmuseum, Kraków, Poland


In this (our) country, Vienna International Apartment, Turku, Finland


 


2004


The Yugoslaw Biennal of Young Artists, Vrsac /Belgrade, Serbia


Habitat, Arndt&Partner, Berlin, Germany


Gelegenheit und Reue, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria


Under the Red and White flag: New Art from Poland, Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania


National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia


Walk me, Center of Architecture, Vienna, Austria


Monde parallele, La Maison Folie de Wazemmes, Lille, France ; Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland


Distances?, Le Plateau, Paris, France


Far West Near East, Forum für Kunst und Architektur, Essen, Germany


 


2003


1. Frieze Art Fair 2003, London, UK


Dessinez avec Desirée, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria


Dekada, 10 Years Art: Competition "Paszport Polityki", CSW–Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland


Nation, Kunstverein Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany


 


2002


Supermarket of Art III: People and Objects, Galeria DAP, Warsaw, Poland


Really, the youngsters are realists, Center for Contemporary Art, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland


Dobrz, in Ordnung, Minoritenzentrum, Graz, Austria ; Kunstbuero, Graz, Austria


 


2001


Relax, Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland


Rybie oko (Fisheye), BWA, Slupsk, Poland


The first friday in a month, Galeria Manhattan, Lódz, Poland


Pop–Elita, Trends of Art at the end of the '90s, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland


Wyprzedaz Sztuki (Sale of Art), BWA, Katowice, Poland


 


2000


Trafik.Kunst, Young.Free.Art/Cracow 2000, Polish Institute, Vienna, Austria


100% Malarstwa, Galeria BWA, Poznan, Poland


Scena 2000, Center for contemporary Art, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland


Grupa Ladnie at D'Arcy, D'Arcy, Warsaw, Poland


 


1999


Namaluj mnie (Paint me), Galeria BWA, Zielona Góra, Poland


Bibliography

Eurasia. A View on Painting (exhibition catalogue). Paris: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2014


Raster. L'artista nella rinunicia 2. Transfert Gallerie Polacche a Roma 3, Istituto Polacco di Roma, Warszawa, 2008


Nowe tendencje w malarstwie polskim / New tendencies in polish painting, Galeria Miejska BWA, Bydgoszcz, 2006, s. 60-63 (w językach: polskim, angielskim)


Malarstwo polskie XXI wieku / Polish Painting of the 21st Century, Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warszawa, 2006 (w językach: polskim, angielskim)


W Polsce czyli gdzie? / In Poland that is where?, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa, 2006 (w językach: polskim, angielskim)


Nach Schiele, Galerie Augarten, Tobias G. Natter, Thomas Trummer (Eds.), Cologne, 2006


Polski Tango, Eine Reise durch Deutschland und Polen, Adam Sobczyński, Berlin, 2006


vom bild // zum bild. Metamorphose, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Agnes Husslein-Arco (Ed.), Salzburg, 2006


Kolekcja, Małopolska Fundacja Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej, Nowy Sšcz, 2006


Zuruck zur Figur, Malerei der Gegenwart, Christiane Lange Florian Matzner (eds.), Munich, 2006


Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Leverkusen Museum Morsbroich, Differenz und Wiederholung in Bildern der Sammlung Olbricht, Leverkusen, 2005/06 (w języku niemieckim)


Za czerwonym horyzontem / Beyond the red horizon, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa, 2005 (w językach: polskim, angielskim)


EVN-Sammlung, 95-05, Cologne, 2005


Most Wanted, The Olbricht Collection, Some recent Acquisitions, Cologne, 2005


Przestrzeń Sztuki: obrazy-słowa-komentarze, Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, Katowice, 2005


Poland Overview, Prague Biennale 2, Milan, 2005


Das Prinzip Superstar, von Warhol bis Madonna, Kunsthalle Wien / BA-CA Kunstforum, Vienna, 2005


Monde Parallele, Lille 7-9.05.2004, młoda sztuka / czujni / art jeune / concernes, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, 2004


Distances, Galerie le Plateau, Frac Ile-de-France, Paris, 2004


Art in der Interzone, Jan Sowa, In Praesens, Budapest, 2004


Yugoslav Biennale of Young Artists, Vrsac / Beograd, 2004


Pod flagš biało-czerwonš / Under the Red and White Flag, Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warszawa, 2004 (w języku polskim, angielskim)


Bar West Near East, Forum fur Kunst und Architektur, Essen, 2004


Gelegenheit und Reue, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, 2004


Statement, Art Basel 35, Basel, 2004 (w językach: niemieckim, angielskim)


Tu żyjš i tu jest im dobrze / Hier leben sie und hier geht es ihnen gut, Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warszawa, 2003 (w językach: polskim, niemieckim)


Traurig, Schon / Smutne, Ładne, Galeria PGS, Sopot; Galerie Mayer Kainer, Vienna, 2003 (w językach: polskim, niemieckim)


Sztuka w mieście, Zewnętrzna Galeria ams 1998-2002, Toruń, 2003


Dekada, Laureaci Paszportów Polityki 1993-2003, Warszawa, 2003


Supermarket Sztuki III, Ludzie i przedmioty, Galeria DAP, Warszawa, 2002


Dobrze, In Ordnung, Kunstburo, Vienna, 2002


Relaks, Galeria Arsenał, Białystok, 2001


Grupa Ładnie, Pierwszy pištek miesišca, Galeria Manhattan, Łódź, 2001


Trafik.Kunst.young.free.art / Cracow 2000, Polish Institute, Vienna, 2000


Galeria Zderzak: 100% malarstwa, Galeria Miejska Arsenał, Poznań, 2000


Grupa Ładnie at D'Arcy, D'Arcy, Warszawa, 2000


 


ARTICLES


 


Piotr Stasiowski, Mal'ba ako proces neustaleho komentara, "Flash Art" CZ/SK, December 2007 - May 2008, s. 44 - 46


Andrzej Szczerski, w: Nowe zjawiska w sztuce polskiej po 2000, Warszawa, 2007, s. 98 (w językach: polskim, angielskim)


Jakub Banasiak, Tęsknota za intuicjš, "Krytykant.pl", http://krytykant.pl/, 31.07.2007


Agata Pyzik, W Polskę idziemy, "Fluid", #64, 2006, s. 39


Public and private collections

Austria


Volpinum Kunstsammlung, Vienna


 


France


Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris


 


Germany


Burger Collection, Berlin


Goetz Collection, Munich


 


THE NETHERLANDS


Ellipse Foundation - Contemporary Art Collection, Amsterdam


 


NORWAY


Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway


 


POLAND


Bunkier Stzuki, Kraków


Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw


 


USA


Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, New York, NY


The Jewish Museum, New York, NY


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY


University of North Carolina, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC


Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY