Krzysztof Zarębski

An artist whose work encompasses inter media and multimedia art, performances, film making, refined aesthetic photography, assemblages, objects and installations, painting, as well as creating set design. Born 1939 in Warsaw; he studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw during the years 1962-1968. He is one of the pioneers and most prominent representatives of performance art in Poland, which he’s actively been engaged in since 1971. One of the most characteristic features of his art is to take, in a very brave manner, issues of the body, eroticism and sexuality, becoming more and more provocative with time, combined with performances and an aesthetic celebration of sublimated perversion and also lust, during which he utilizes fascinating, created by himself, requisite-fetishes of different kinds. From the beginning, music has always been a very important element of his performance, which appears in them in a variety of forms: from recordings on various media to music that is realized in collaboration with musicians and composers. In his performances the artist often appears with models, actresses, dancers and actors; sometimes in duet with his wife or his daughter.
(Excerpt from “Medea in a Bath” press release, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, 2013)

 

Selected solo exhibitions:

1969
– Salon Debiutów Gallery, Warsaw

1972
– Paintings and documentation 1970-1971, BWA Gallery, Lublin, Poland

– Intuitive Cooperation, Sigma Club, Warsaw

1973
– Galeria Współczesna (MPiK Club), Warsaw

– Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland

– Osmosis, Remont Gallery, Warsaw

1974
Dialogue, Repassage Gallery, Warsaw

– Cosmetics Corner, Remont Gallery, Warsaw

Zones of Contact, Remont Gallery, Warsaw

– The Freezing of Sound, Bureau de la Poesie (Biuro Poezji), Warsaw

1975
– Vanersborg Museum, Vanersborg, Sweden

1976
– Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland

1977
Warm Air, Repassage Gallery, Warsaw

1978
– Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland

1979
– Galeria Krytyków, Warsaw

1980
Działania, Gallery “M”, Warsaw

1985
– Freddie The Dreamer Gallery, New York City

– Zones with Bridges (Frozen Erection), (with Krystyna Jachniewicz), NADA Gallery, New York City

1988
– NOW Gallery, New York City

– Tobe Art Gallery, New York City

1989
– One twenty eight Gallery, New York City

1990
– PAAS Gallery, New York City

1992
Documantation 1972-1992 and art installation, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

– Krzysztof Zarębski. Installation (With Sound and Leeches), Labirynt 2 Gallery, Lublin, Poland

1996
Fingernails on Parade – Call Girls, Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw

1999
– Water Nymphs, Pardo Sheehan Gallery, New York City

2003
Krzysztof Zarębski’s Films and Videos 1972 – 2003, Centre for Contemporary

Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

2004
Krzysztof Zarębski. New Works, Roshkowska Gallery, Windham, USA

2008
Dedykacje, XX1 Gallery, Warsaw

2009
VOLTA NY (Art NEW media Gallery), New York City

– Krzysztof Zarębski `70. Erotematy Słabnącego Erosa, Art NEW media Gallery, Warsaw

– Lustishis Flower, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biala, Poland

– One night show, foyer of Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, New York City

2010
Alicja Zebrowska and Krzysztof Zarębski, Manhattan Gallery, Łódź, Poland

– Filogeneza, ODA Gallery, Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland

2012
Priap’s Garden – installation, video, art objects, CREON Gallery, New York City

2013
Krzysztof Zarębski: Photographs 1972 – 2012, CREON Gallery, New York City

 

Selected group exhibitions:

1969
Debiut Absolwentów, Stara Kordegarda Gallery, Warsaw

1970
– Informacja. Wyobraźnia. Działanie, Galeria Współczesna, Warsaw

– III Festiwal Sztuk Pięknych, CBWA Zachęta, Warsaw

– V Festiwal Polskiego Malarstwa Współczesnego, Szczecin, Poland

1971
Portret Człowieka, CBWA Zachęta, Warsaw

– Porównania IV. XXIV Festiwal Sztuk Plastycznych, BWA Gallery, Sopot, Poland

– Art – demography 2000, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, Poland

– Wystawa Młodych – Galeria Współczesna, Warsaw

– Złote Grono, BWA Gallery, Zielona Góra, Poland

1972
Polish Contemporary Art, Helsinki

– Plakat Autorski, Galeria Współczesna (MPiK Club), Warsaw

1973
VIII Biennale Młodych, Paris

– Biennale Form Przestrzennych, Elbląg, Poland

1974
International Graphic Biennial, Krakow, Poland

– Nowa Generacja, Muzeum Narodowe, Wrocław, Poland

1975
7 Artists from Poland, Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

1977
Body as a Visual Language, Maki Gallery, Tokyo

– Projects/Performanceses – Czechoslovakia/Poland, Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo, USA

1978
Performance and body, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland

– Performance Art festival, Beursschouwburg, Brussels

– Hommage to Andrzej Matynia, Galeria Krytyków, Warsaw

1979
Words and Works, De Appel Gallery, Amsterdam

– Erotyka, ZPAP Gallery, Warsaw

1980
– MOHAMMED, Centro di Comunicazione Ristretta, Genova, Italy

1981
IX Spotkania Krakowskie, Pawilon Wystawowy BWA, Kraków, Poland

– II International Triennial of Drawing, Wroclaw, Poland

1984
Musical Instruments by Artists, Public Image Gallery, New York City

– Conspiracies, Limbo, New York City

– East Village Artists Go West, Castways Gallery, New York City

– Friends, NO SE NO Gallery, New York City

– Nurt intelektualny w sztuce polskiej po Drugiej Wojnie Światowej, BWA Gallery, Lublin, Poland

1985
Heroine Show, The World, New York City

– Variety, `A` Gallery, New York City

Sculpture Inside-Out, NO SE NO Gallery, New York City

The Rivington School NO SE NO Gallery, New York City

– Mini Max, NOW Gallery, New York City

– Eastern Europeans in New York, El Bohio Gallery, New York City

– Apartment Art, Sixth Sense Gallery, New York City

1986
Razorsharp, Nolo Contendere Gallery, New York City

– Cracked Mirror 2, Nico Smith Gallery, New York City

1987
The Late Show Disciples, NO SE NO Gallery, New York City

-The Second Coming, Dramatis Personae Gallery, New York City

– Rivington School Show, Onetwentyeight Gallery, New York City

– Eye of a Storm, Tamura Gallery, Tokio; Art Space lesBois, Osaka

– Artist Space, Nishinomiya, Japan

– International Contemporary Art Exhibition, City Museum, Osaka

1988
– OKI Gallery, Innsbruck

– Works from suitcases, Dziekanka Gallery, Warsaw

– Rivington School Show, Onetwentyeight Gallery, New York City

1989
The Rivington School, AFR Fine Arts, Washington DC, USA

– Open House Gallery, New York City

1990
– Museum Modern Art, Huenfeld, Germany

– 3 artists show, Studio Gallery Bedford Hills, New York

1991
Jesteśmy, Zachęta Gallery, Warsaw

– New York Diary: Almost 25 Different Things, PS1 Museum, New York

– Coniunctio 2000.Art as Alchemyinto the 21st Century, Cb’s 313 Gallery, New York City

– Flying Possibility, Morina Gallery, New York City

– Contemporary American Baroque, Cb’s 313 Gallery, New York City

– Sztuka Performance, Galeria Stara, BWA, Lublin, Poland

1992
Beauty, Michael Kazan’s Townhouse of Beauty, New York City

– Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York City

1993
Blasted Bodies/Wasted Wonder, Gas Station, New York City

– Redtape Magazine #7, USA club, New York City

– Repassage, Repassage 2, Sigma, Zachęta Gallery, Warsaw

– Top 5.5 Sculpteurs de Pologne, Marseille, France

1994
Open House, Space 2B, New York City

– 20-lecie programu artystycznego Galerii Labirynt, BWA Gallery, Lublin, Poland

1995
Spring Overview, Onetwentyeight Gallery, New York City

– The Deviant Playground, CSV Cultural Center, New York City

– VI International Triennial of Drawing. Art as Thought, Art as Energy, Wroclaw, Poland

1996
Inaugural Exhibition, Pardo Wiev Gallery, New York City

– Sculptor’s Drawings, Pardo View Gallery, New York City

1997
Heat, Pardo Wiev Gallery, New York City

– Condensation, Pardo View Gallery, New York City

– Focus on Poland, Anderson Center For The Arts, Binhampton, USA

– Generations, Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw

1998
Cyber Recycling, The Piano Store, New York City

– One on One Part 2, Max Fish, New York City

– Sourpuss, Abraham Lubelski Gallery, New York City

– Text no Text. Mallarme’s Effect on Artists, Tompkins College Center Gallery, Allentown, USA

1999
Rewind/Fast Forward, Onetwentyeight Gallery, New York City

– Universal Comunicativity, Onetwentyeight Gallery, New York City

2001
Express Art from New York, Lattuada Gallery, Milan, Italy

2002
Autonomous Conceptual Movement in Poland, BWA Gallery, Lublin, Poland

2003
Comportement Energetique, Galerie Satellite, Paris, France

– Inside the Cooler, Cooler Gallery, White River Junction, USA

Transfusion, Fusion Arts Museum, New York City

2004
Malewicz w Polsce, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, Poland

– BWA Collection, Labirynt 2 Gallery, Lublin, Poland

2005
Botany 5000, The Lab Gallery, New York City

2006
Plastic Fantastic, The Shorev Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, USA

– Hot Summer of Philocracy, Silent Space Gallery, Kingston, USA

– 1,2,3…Awangarda, Eksperyment, Film, Sztuka, Archiwum, CSW – Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

2007
Aleksander Jachniewicz Presents: Krystyna Jachniewicz and Krzysztof Zarębski 1981-2007, Shandelee Studio, Shandelee, USA

– Dowcip i Władza Sadzenia. Asteizm w Polsce, Galeria Program, Warsaw

– Poza, Real Art Ways, Hartford, USA

Redtape Magazine, 25th Anniversary, Tribes Gallery, New York City

– On Ice, Lafayette College Art Gallery, Easton, PA, USA

– Fresh View, Art for Healing, New York City

2008
1,2,3…Avant-Gardes.Film/Artbetween Experiment and Archive, Tate Modern, London

– KRAJ: sztuka artystów z polskim rodowodem, Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej, Opole, Poland

– Screening I: Quilt of Projections, 15 Corson Gallery, New York

– Screening II: Screen Test Ad Infinitum, 15 Corson Gallery, New York

– Supernovas: A Modern Survey, The Kymara Gallery, Biddeford, Maine, USA

2009
International Collection of Contemporary Art 5, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

– Shit Corner: No Excuses. Small Works Summer Exhibitions. A Year in Review, 15 Corson Gallery, New York

2010
Post Gogol. The Silent Absence of the Body, SLAG Gallery, New York City

– Works from the BWA – Lublin Collection, Towarzystwo Zachęty Sztuki Współczesnej, Lwów, Ukraine

2012
Disturbed Images. CUT in art, Museum of Imagination, Hudson, New York

– Disturbed Images. CUT in art part 2, Museum of Imagination, Hudson, New York

– Mois de la Photo a Paris, Galerie Roi Dore, Paris, France

– Where is PERMAFO?, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw, Poland

2014
Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module, New Museum, New York City

2015
The wild west. A history of wrocław’s avant-garde, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

2017
Dark Places Behind the Door, Monopol Gallery, Warsaw