Leon Tarasewicz

(born 1957)

 

Painter. He is a graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, with a degree in the studio of Prof. Tadeusz Dominik (1984). Since 1996, he has run a painting studio at his alma mater.
He debuted in 1984 with an exhibition at Warsaw’s Foksal Gallery. In his work, he firmly rejects all allusiveness, avoiding the painterly “literature” and leaving his paintings untitled. In recent years, he has been creating “total” paintings, artistic environments that claim the entire exhibition space. He represented Poland at the 49th Venice Biennale. Laureate of the Paszport Polityki award(2000), Jan Cybis Prize (2000), Nowosielski Foundation Prize (2000), The Gieysztor Prize (2018) and many others.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Jerusalem, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw

– Muzeum Architektury, Wrocław

Zaleszany, Leon Tarasewicz, Małgorzata Dmitruk, Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznań

2017

School Works 1972-1977, Galeria Liceum Plastycznego, Supraśl

– Supraska Academy, Supraśl

2016

Confrontations, Galeria EL, Elbląg

Light of Paintings, Ego Gallery, Poznań

Waliły-Kraków-Waliły, Central Railway Station, Kraków

2015

Sztuka do miejsca. Modry/Art for the place. Modry, Silesian Museum, Katowice

2014

Painting, State Art Gallery, Sopot

Open Door, Ego Gallery, Poznań

2013

Leon Tarasewicz – Limits of painting – Limits of a gallery, Galeria Biała, Lublin

2011

Back to the Landscape, realisation on Main Market Square, Kielce

2010

– realisation, Golden Gate, Kiev [UA]

2009

– Galeria Miejska, Pasaż Tertila, Tarnów

New Paintings, Biełaruski Tryjaloh, Socrates Villa Association, Łapicze [BY]

– Art New Media Gallery, Warsaw

2008

– National Museum, Wrocław

Recent Paintings, Galeria Rubin, Milan [IT]

2007

Upper, Silesian Museum, Bytom

Leon Tarasewicz, Polish Institute, Budapest [HU]

– Museen für Kunst und Kulturesischte, Lübeck [DE]

2006

– Kunsthalle St. Annen Lübeck, Lübeck [DE]

– Foksal Gallery, Warsaw

– Galerie Grashey, Constance [CH]

2005

– Polnisches Institut, Berlin [DE]

– Springer & Winckler Galerie, Berlin [DE]

– Galeria Biała, Lublin

2004

– Galeria Biała, Lublin

– Gary Tatintsian Gallery, New York [US]

2003

– La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes [FR]

– Galeria Rubin, Milan [IT]

– Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

2002

– Fioretto Arte Contemporanea, Padua [IT]

– Galeria Muzeum Śląska Opolskiego, Opole

– Polonisches Institute, Berlin; Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin [DE]

2001

– Gary Tatintsian Gallery, New York [Us]

– Ego Gallery, Poznań

– Galleria del Cavallino, Venice [IT]

– Polish Pavilion, 49th International Art Exhibition Biennale, Venice [IT]

– La Casina di Gorizzo, Friuli [IT]

– Villa Tre Gelsi, San Martino di Codroipo [IT]

– Galeria Biala, Lublin

– Aula Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw

– Starmach Gallery, Krakow

– Galerie Springer & Winckler, Berlin [DE]

– Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin [DE]

2000

– Foksal Gallery, Warsaw

– Salon Wystawowy Bagatt, Warsaw

– Kunstraum Neuruppin, Neuruppin [DE]

1999

– Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

– Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm [SE]

– Galleri Sölvberget, Stavanger [NO]

– Gallery of Dom Artysty Plastyka, Warsaw

1998

– Springer & Winckler Galerie, Berlin [DE]

– Galerie Metta Linde, Lübeck [DE]

1997

– Galerie S65, Aalst [BE]

– Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

– Galerie Stefan Andersson, Umeå [SE]

– Galerie Metta Linde, Lübeck [DE]

1996

– Springer & Winckler Galerie, Frankfurt am Mein [DE]

– Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm [SE]

1995

– Galeria Biała, Lublin

– Górnośląskie Museum, Bytom

Paintings 1983-1994, Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej BWA, Katowice

– BWA Gallery Arsenal, Bialystok

1994

– Springer & Winckler, Frankfurt am Mein [DE]

– Foksal Gallery, Warsaw

1993

– Springer & Winckler Galerie, Frankfurt [DE]

– Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm [SE]

– Palace of Art, Minsk [BY]

1992

– Istituto Polacco di Cultura, Rome [IT]

– Malmö Konsthall, Malmö [SE]

1991

– Galeria Krzysztofory, Krakow

– State Museum, Bialystok

– Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm [SE]

– Foksal Gallery, Warsaw

– Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv [IL]

1990

– Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin [DE]

1989

– Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm [SE]

– Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London [UK]

– Galleria del Cavallino, Venice [IT]

1988

– National Museum, Wroclaw

– Foksal Gallery, Warsaw

– Exhibition Hall, Grodno

– Palace of Art, Minsk [BY]

1987

– Edward Thorp Gallery, New York [US]

– Damon Brandt Gallery, New York [US]

– Gallery BWA Arsenal, Bialystok

1986

– Galerie Nordenhake, Malmö [SE]

– Galleria del Cavallino, Venice [IT]

– Riverside Studios, London [UK]

– Boibrino Gallery, Stockholm [SE]

– Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm [SE]

1985

– Dziekanka Gallery, Warsaw

– Foksal Gallery, Warsaw

– Galeria Biala, Lublin

1984

– Dziekanka Gallery, Warsaw

– White Russian Culture Society, Warsaw

– Foksal Gallery, Warsaw

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

– Beyond Cybis, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

2017

À la frontière. Senos ir naujos Eutopos sienos, Jono Gatvés Galerija, Vilnius [LT]

What About the Abstraction?, Stefan Gierowski Foundation, Warsaw

Ten by Ten, CFHILLI, Stockholm [SE]

2016

Odejście – 9. Wystawa Kuratorska Bielskiej Jesieni 2016, BWA Bielska Gallery, Bielsko-Biała

New illustrations, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok

Pankiewicz and After… Releasing colour, Lubelskie Museum, Lublin

A Place. Scene III, Robert Maciejuk, Leon Tarasewicz, Włodzimierz J. Zakrzewski, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw

À la frontière…! Old and New Borders in Europe, Gallery Podroom – Cultural Centre, Belgrad [RS]

À la fronitère…! Old and New Borders in Europe, Biennale d’Arte Trieste Contemporanea, Studio Tommaseo, Triest [IT]

2015

Łemkowskie Jeruzalem. Triple Self-portrait, Art Gallery, Legnica

White Transformation, Galeria Biała, Lublin

Through Realism and Abstraction: Modzelewski and Tarasewicz, Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv [IL]

2014

Specimen, Masovian Centre of Contemporary Art “Elektrownia”, Radom

– Art Festival in Public Space Open City/Otwarte Miasto, Lublin

2013

The Golden Mean, Ego Gallery, Poznań

The Splendour of Textiles, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

UNI/JA-UNI/ON, Art Festival in Public Space Open City/Otwarte Miasto, kaplica Św. Trójcy, Lublin

2012

Void, BWA Contemporary Art Gallery “Sokół”, Nowy Sącz

2011

Side by Side. Poland – Germany. A 1000 Years of Art and History, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin [DE]

Przenikania, aTak Gallery, Warsaw; Salon Akademii Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw

2010

Contemporary Art Collection of National Museum in Wrocław, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Warsaw

2009

Polish Landscape from Arsenal Gallery in Białystok Collection and Podlaskie Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Minsk [BY]

International Collection of Contemporary Art. 5th Edition, Zamek Ujazdowski Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

– realisation at Caldogno, Vicenza [IT] created as a part of group exhibition prepared by Guggenheim Museum, Venice [IT]

Enter-Escape, 5. International Festival of Visual Arts “Inspiracje 2009”, Szczecin

2008

100% of Painting, Painting Department, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw

Planks, Images, Words, Nowa Gallery, Poznań

General Renovation, Galeria Biała Centrum Kultury, Lublin

Changes Records. Polish Art from Krzysztof Musiał Collection, National Museum, Poznań

– Tarasewicz Studio at Andalusia, Galeria aTak, Warsaw

2007

– Asteism – Joke and authority, Program Gallery, Warsaw

2006

– Polish Painting of the 21st Century, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

In Poland, That Is Where?, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

2005

Warsaw-Moskow 1900-2000, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Masters of Painting 1904-2004 at Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, National Museum, Warsaw

Collection of Polish Art of XX Century, National Museum, Kraków

Happy Christmas, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok

2004

Distances?, Le Plateau, Paris [FR]

Leidenschaft und Ordnung, Polonische Institute, Düsseldorf [DE]

Immersion, Centre for Contemporary Art, Kiev [UA]

Duty and Riot, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Professors of Painting Department, Studio Gallery, Warsaw

– Inc. The art towards corporate taking over places of public expression (in Poland), Program Gallery, Warsaw

Presentation 3, Górnośląskie Museum, Bytom

2003

– Stockholm Art Fair, Stockholm [SE]

Decade, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw and State Museum of Leon Wyczółkowski, Bydgoszcz

Sol Invictus, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

Pro Pictura, Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture, Królikarnia, National Museum Department, Warsaw

Presentation 3, Ujazdowski Castle, Centre for Contemporary Art; The Silesian Museum, Katowice

2002

Polacos – El nou art de Polonia, Capella de l’Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu, Barcelona [SP]

Polish Art of Object, President Gallery, Warsaw

Collection, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Arsenal Gallery Collection, Galeria Sektor I, Katowice

2001

In Between: Art from Poland 1945-2000, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago [US]

– Negotiators of Art Against Reality, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kraków

Here & Now, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

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

2000

Between Esthetics and Metaphysics, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biala

Positionen, Galerie Linde, Lübeck [DE]

Cracovian Meetings 2000, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Krakow

Paintings, Center for Contemporary Art, Kiev [UA]

Slawomir Belina – 8, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Verteidigung der Moderne, Museum Würth, Künzelsau [DE]

Die vier Jahreszeiten, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt [DE]

Landscapes, National Museum, Warsaw

1999

Three Visions, Contempoaray Polish Art, Tufts University Gallery, Medford

White Art, Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznań

Toyama Now ’99, The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama [JP]

Aspects/Positions. 50 Years of Art in Central Europe 1949-1999, mumok – Museum Moderner Kunst Stifung Ludwig, Vienna [AT]; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest [HU], Fundació Miro, Barcelona [SP]; City Gallery, Southampton [UK]; National Gallery, Prague [CZ]

1998

Oikos, State Museum, Bytom; State Museum, Bydgoszcz; Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok

Tomasz Ciecierski, Leon Tarasewicz, Galerie Grashey, Konstanz [DE]

– Springer & Winckler, Frankfurt

Fragment of Collection 3, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Artists of Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, State Museum, Toruń

1997

Contempoary Art from Poland, Galerie Vývarného Umeni, Ostrava [CZ]

Collection 3, Ujazdowski Castle Centre of Contemporary Art, Warsaw

Horizons, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju; Kwangju Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju; Chosun Iibo Gallery, Seoul [KR]

Styki/Contact Prints, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw

1996

Art and Nature, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Horizons 14. Polish Contemporary Artists, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju [KR]

Lengyelország, Müveszet 1945-1996, Mücsarnok, Budapest [HU]

Oikos, State Museum, Bydgoszcz

1995

Tomasz Ciecierski, Leon Tarasewicz, Tomasz Tatarczyk, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw

Collection of Leon Wyczółkowski State Museum in Bydgoszcz, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok

Exhibition of Contemporary Art “In-Forma-Tion-95”, Museum Sztuki, Vitebsk [BL]

1994

– National Museum, Poznań

Collection 2, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

Sandstorm, BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice

Landschaften, Castello di Rivara, Rivara [IT]

Collection, BWA Arsenal Gallery, Białystok

Inconto a Eklisia, Gümüslük, Bodrum [TU]

– Kunstverein Freiburg e.V., Freiburg [DE]

Der Riss im Raum, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin [DE]; Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; National Gallery, Prague [CZ]

Figur, Natur, Sprengel Museum, Hannover [DE]

– Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv [IL]

1993

Bilans-Balans, Galeria Biała, Lublin

Eva J. Pape – Polish Culture Cultivator in USA, Galeria Stara Kordegarda, Warsaw

1992

Collection 1, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

The Expressive Struggle, Anderson Gallery, New York [USA]

1991

Tre giovani artisti, Galleria del Cavallino, Venice [IT]

Positionen Polen, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin [DE]

Europe Unknown, Palace of Art, Krakow

Kunst Europa, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn [DE]

David Nash & Leon Tarasewicz, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

1990

Tre Giovani Artisti e un Maestro di Serigrafia, Galleria del Cavllino, Venice [IT]

Polonische Malerei der 80er Jahre, Opera, Leipzig [DE]

Polen Zeit Kunst, Landesmuseum, Mainz; Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin; St. Augustin, Bonn [DE]

22e Festival International de la Peinture 1990, Chateau – Musée de Cagnes sur Mer [FR]

Rauma Biennale Balticum, Rauma Art Museum, Rauma [FI]

Dialogue, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

The Expressive Struggle, Everson Museum of Art of Syracuse, Syracuse, The Polish Museum of America, Chicago [USA]

Works on Paper, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London [UK]

1989

Dialog, Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf [DE]

Polská malerska tvorba ’80, Gallery of Art, Karlove Vary, Czechy

Vision and Unity, Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn [NL]

L’Occhio della Galleria, Galleria San Marco, Venice [IT]

Wurzeln Treiben, Kuntscheraus, Berlin [DE]

1988

Aperto ’88, 43rd International Art Exhibition Biennale, Venice [IT]

Olympiad of Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul [KR]

Triennal of Young Art, Palace of Art, Vilnius [LT]

Art at the Edge, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford [UK]

Polish Realities, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow [UK]

1987

XIX Biennal Internacional de Arte, Sao Paulo [BR]

What’s Going On?, The Former Norblin Factory, Warsaw

– Radical Realism, Concrete Abstraction, National Museum, Warsaw

1986

Poland Painting, Ashley Gallery, Epsom [UK]

Overland, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham [UK]

The Forest, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol [UK]

Art from Poland, Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague [NL]

1985

Diploma ’84, BWA Gallery, Wroclaw

40 Years of LSP, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok

Ex Oriente Lux, Dziekanka Gallery, Warsaw

Four Foksal Gallery Artists, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh [UK]

Dialogue, Moderna Museet, Stockholm [SE]