Krzysztof Zarębski

(born 1939)


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. 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:

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

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

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

– Filogeneza, ODA Gallery, Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland

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

Dedykacje, XX1 Gallery, Warsaw

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

Krzysztof Zarębski’s Films and Videos 1972 – 2003, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

– Water Nymphs, Pardo Sheehan Gallery, New York City

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

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

– PAAS Gallery, New York City

– One twenty eight Gallery, New York City

– NOW Gallery, New York City

– Tobe Art Gallery, New York City

– Freddie The Dreamer Gallery, New York City

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

Działania, Gallery “M”, Warsaw

– Galeria Krytyków, Warsaw

– Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland

Warm Air, Repassage Gallery, Warsaw

– Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland

– Vanersborg Museum, Vanersborg, Sweden

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

– Galeria Współczesna (MPiK Club), Warsaw

– Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland

– Osmosis, Remont Gallery, Warsaw

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

– Intuitive Cooperation, Sigma Club, Warsaw

– Salon Debiutów Gallery, Warsaw


Selected group exhibitions:

Dark Places Behind the Door, Monopol Gallery, Warsaw

The Wild West. A history of Wrocław’s Avant-garde, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Botany 5000, The Lab Gallery, New York City

Malewicz w Polsce, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, Poland

– BWA Collection, Labirynt 2 Gallery, Lublin, Poland

Comportement Energetique, Galerie Satellite, Paris, France

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

Transfusion, Fusion Arts Museum, New York City

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

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

Rewind/Fast Forward, Onetwentyeight Gallery, New York City

– Universal Comunicativity, Onetwentyeight Gallery, New York City

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

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 Art Gallery, Warsaw

Inaugural Exhibition, Pardo Wiev Gallery, New York City

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

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

Open House, Space 2B, New York City

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

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

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

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

– Top 5.5 Sculpteurs de Pologne, Marseille, France

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

– Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York City

Jesteśmy, Zachęta National Art 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

– Museum Modern Art, Huenfeld, Germany

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

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

– Open House Gallery, New York City

– OKI Gallery, Innsbruck

– Works from suitcases, Dziekanka Gallery, Warsaw

– Rivington School Show, Onetwentyeight Gallery, New York City

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

Razorsharp, Nolo Contendere Gallery, New York City

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

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

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

IX Spotkania Krakowskie, Pawilon Wystawowy BWA, Kraków, Poland

– II International Triennial of Drawing, Wroclaw, Poland

– MOHAMMED, Centro di Comunicazione Ristretta, Genova, Italy

Words and Works, De Appel Gallery, Amsterdam

– Erotyka, ZPAP Gallery, Warsaw

Performance and body, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland

– Performance Art festival, Beursschouwburg, Brussels

– Hommage to Andrzej Matynia, Galeria Krytyków, Warsaw

Body as a Visual Language, Maki Gallery, Tokyo

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

7 Artists from Poland, Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

International Graphic Biennial, Kraków, Poland

– Nowa Generacja, Muzeum Narodowe, Wrocław, Poland

VIII Biennale Młodych, Paris

– Biennale Form Przestrzennych, Elbląg, Poland

Polish Contemporary Art, Helsinki

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

Portret Człowieka, Zachęta National Art Gallery, Warsaw

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

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

– Wystawa Młodych, Galeria Współczesna (MPiK Club), Warsaw

– Złote Grono, BWA Gallery, Zielona Góra, Poland

– Informacja. Wyobraźnia. Działanie, Galeria Współczesna, Warsaw

– III Festiwal Sztuk Pięknych, Zachęta National Art Gallery, Warsaw

– V Festiwal Polskiego Malarstwa Współczesnego, Szczecin, Poland

Debiut Absolwentów, Stara Kordegarda Gallery, Warsaw