Dorota Podlaska


Born in 1963, she graduated in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń in 1989. While a student she was involved in several art groups such as Naprzód, Yach-Film where she created video art and realized happenings. In 1993 she co-founded the Water Tower Art Association in Bydgoszcz.
Her work has been exhibited among others at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, Centre for Contemporary Art ‘Łaźnia’, Gdańsk, and abroad as well, for example in Finland, France, Italy, South Korea and Japan. She currently lives and works in Warsaw.

The works of Dorota Podlaska often reflect her private life. An important aspect of her artistic work is its narrative character. Her preferred medium is figurative painting for which she developed a peculiar mode of presentation. The artist uses small paintings and objects to create installations. She also creates photo documentations and interventions in galleries and living spaces, and designs books and other publications.

Selected solo exhibitions and performances:

Every Journey is a New Home, Andel’s Art, Łódź
– Ariadna’s Thread, participatory performance at Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Call Mamma for a Dessert, participatory performance at Arte Diregible / Digestive Art, Palazzolo Akrai, Sicily, Itally
–  Between Languages, Fundacja Forum Staniszow, Staniszow
A Feast for Two – group performance at Monopol Gallery, Warsaw
Sweeet, Sour, Bitter, action at Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
A Matter of taste, Austrian Culture Forum, Warsaw
Art for Coal, Höherveg Ateliers 271, Dusseldorf, Germany

Free Translation, Labirynth Gallery, Lublin, Poland
Picture Cinema, Muranow, Praha Cinema, (6th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival), Warsaw
Lost in Translation, Akiyoshidai Artists Village, Yamaguchi, Japan

30 film cuts, Muranow Cinema, Warsaw (5th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival), Warsaw
Lost in Translation, BWA Gallery of Art, Olsztyn/Plocka Galeria Sztuki, Plock, Poland
Places and People, District Museum of Bydgoszcz, Bydgoszcz, Poland
– Happy Newspaper Series – Seoksu Market, SAP Art Project, Anyang, South Korea
Courtyard (Wroclaw), Entropia Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland
Straight on, Turn Right Past the Suits, Zacheta National Gallery of Art – Kordegarda Gallery, Warsaw

There and Back, Le Guern Gallery, Warsaw

Hickory Dickory Dock, Entropia Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland
Head in the Clouds, One Foot on the Ground, Biala Gallery, Lublin, Poland
To Where?, Water Tower Gallery, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Dorota’s Library, BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, Poland
Earth is Flat, ON Gallery, Poznan, Poland
Beginning, End and Something in-between, exhibition during the Polish Young Art Festival, Open Studio Gallery, Krakow
Hell / Heaven, Witches’ Tower Art Gallery, Słupsk, Poland
– I Cry at the Movies, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Happy Birthday, Dorotka, My Archives Gallery, Koszalin, Poland


Selected group exhibitions: 

Call Mamma for a Dessert, Akrai Residency, Sicily, Italy
New Illustration, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland
Daily and Festive Rituals, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland
Austeria, BWA Sokol, Nowy Sacz, Poland

Adoration of Sweetness, Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw

Houses as Silver as Tents, Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw/Contemporary Museum, Wrocław, Poland
Microutopias of Everyday, Center for Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland
Frohefest, Polnish Institut, Düsseldorf, Germany
Beeing on the Move. Reflections on Migration, 2011, Litmus Community Space Ansan, South Korea
Collection- New Accquisitions, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
It Will be Better and only Better – BWA Gallery of Art, Olsztyn, Poland

Happy Newspaper Series – Seoksu Market, SAP Art Project 2010, Anyang, South Korea
The Truest Love Stories. Allegories of Love in the Contemporary Polish Art, National Museum, Szczecin
Big Up 5, Anglet, France
–  Collections. International Collection of Contemporary Art, Centre for Contemporary Art  Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Reisefieber, Rondo Art Gallery, Katowice, Poland
Suavity and Despair, Wozownia Gallery, Torun, Poland
Come, I’ll Tell You a Story, Manhattan Gallery, Lodz, Poland
21st Century Painting, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
In Poland, What Does It Mean?, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
In Between, Woo Lim Gallery, Soeul, South Korea
Nomads of Nowadays, Łaznia Gallery, Gdansk, Poland
Dorota Podlaska & The Randomroutines. Live 2005, Vasa Konsthall, Vasa, Finland
Impulse. Contemporary Art from Poland, Polish Institute, Düsseldorf, Germany
Egocentric, Immoral, Outmoded. Contemporary Images of Artists, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Regional Collection of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art – National Museum, Szczecin, Poland

Les vents de la Drome, Bell Atelier, La Roche sur Grane, France

Odra II Oder, Tabakfabrik, Vierraden/2yk Galerie, Kunst Fabrik, Berlin/ Amfilada Gallery, Szczecin, Poland
A Woman for a Soul, Manhattan Gallery, Lodz, Poland
– Biennal I Maleri, Vasby Kunsthalle, Vasby, Sweden
Habitat, National Museum, Szczecin, Poland
Bustle, Avant Garde Art Gallery BWA, Wroclaw, Poland
Masquerades, Centre for Contemporary Art Inner Spaces, Poznan, Poland
The Brain at BWA Zielona Gora, BWA, Zielona Gora, Poland
Lagadian Stories, Polish Sculpture Centre, Oronsko, Poland
Oreste, art workshops, Montescaglioso, Italy
Oikos, 4th edition, Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum of Bydgoszcz, Bydgoszcz, Poland
Meitheal / Together, Manorhamilton, Republic of Ireland
Dorota Podlaska, Podlaska Gallery, Biała Podlaska, Poland