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Michal Martychowiec (born in 1987) creates conceptual series of photographs, films, drawings, neons, objects, mixed media installations and environments. He is a visiting lecturer at the Russian Institute of History of Art (Russian Academy of Sciences) in St. Petersburg and the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.

Martychowiec’s oeuvre consists of mixed media practice designed in larger series. It is thus always developed hermeneutically around an expanded topic. A new field of his invention is also recreation of avatars and other personas.

Through this practice, characterized by the diversity of the media used, Martychowiec aims to explore the condition and the possibilities of contemporary human existence. His thinking revolves around history, invention and autopoiesis of historical narratives and thus also exploration and occasionally comical recomposition of cultural symbols and archetypes.

Furthermore, Martychowiec merges artistic and curatorial practices through a twofold arrangement of his oeuvre. At first, he develops projects as individual narratives within a certain field of inquiry. At the same time, these projects inform one another and their elements can be reenacted and incorporated, through a curatorial activity, into later works, where they acquire symbolic qualities.

Martychowiec’s inventions are based primarily on Occidental and Oriental philosophy, anthropology, art and cultural history, universal historical reflections, the history of religion, literature, archeology and, of course, our contemporary culture and communication analysis.

 

Education

2011

MA Fine Art (Distinction) | Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design | London

2010

Postgraduate Certificate in Photography | Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design | London

2007

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design | London College of Communication

Selected exhibitions

2018

What remains the poets provide | Signum Foundation Gallery | Lodz (solo)

Reading history | Signum Foundation Gallery | Lodz (solo)

Tears of Iblis | Migrant Bird Space | Beijing (solo)

Do you believe in art? | MMS2 | Berlin (solo)

What do you desire? | Linde Contemporary Art | Qingdao (solo)

Where does your heart belong? | Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst | Bremen

Cabinet of True Horizons (How far can you see?) | Rodríguez Gallery | Poznan

On longing and consolation | Kunstenfestival Watou | Watou

What we talk about when we talk about Residence | Taifun | Neuss

3 | MMS3 | Chengdu

2017

What remains the poets provide | Art Museum of NUA | Nanjing (solo)

Sous les pavés, la plage! | De Sarthe Gallery | Beijing (solo)

The urge to create visions 1929-2017 | Centre of Polish Sculpture | Oronsko

Neon revolution | Videoinsight Center | Turin

Image Dream Awakening | MMS2 | Berlin

2016

Engel mit Sphinx Gesichten | MMS2 | Berlin (solo)

Line | gif_lab Garage | Tokyo (solo)

Everything about the contemporary is panda | TAGSTA Gallery | Fukuoka (solo)

Magic of the square | National Gallery of Art | Sopot

Illegibility. The contexts of script | Art Stations Foundation | Poznan

the beginning the end | MMS2 | Berlin

Illegibility. Palimpsests | Pan Tadeusz Museum | Wroclaw

Pure white | Galerie Tore Suessbier | Berlin

2015

All is history | Dzialdov | Berlin (solo)

Spacetime | 9th Biennial of Photography | Zamek Culture Centre | Poznan

Utopia – Preterites of Contemporaneity  | Memorial Getúlio Vargas | Trio Biennial | Rio de Janeiro

Pré-Pénétrables | Signum Foundation Gallery | Lodz

Le gallerie veneziane e la fotografia  | Casa dei Tre Oci | Venice

2014

I want to be a futurist | Videoinsight Center | Turin

When Empty Self Becomes Form | ts art projects | Berlin

Art for care: 11 video steps for your wellness – Format A/B | Videoinsight Center | Turin

2013

Vanito Vanitas | Genshagen Stiftung | Genshagen (solo)

La Chambre de Labastrie | galleria upp | Venice (solo)

In memory | Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle | Warsaw (solo)

In memory | site-specific installation at KO-SO-YU | Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga, Japan (solo)

Pavilion 0 | Palazzo Doná | Venice

2012

FUTURE, LANDSCAPE. A changing exhibition. II Fase | Forte Marghera – Parco del Contemporaneo | Venice

2011

Blue Red Green | gift_lab | Tokyo (solo)

Nel mezzo del cammin | galleria upp | Venice (solo)

Stone in water | site-specific installation at Palazzo Rizzo Patarol | Boscolo Hotel | Venice (solo)

Destination | galleria upp | Venice (solo)

2010

Awake and Dream. Documentation /photographs and films/ | Patio Art Centre Lodz | 2nd Art & Documentation Festival (solo)

A theory of vision: A review | Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle | Warsaw

2009

Awake and Dream. Documentation /photographs and films/ | Palazzo Doná Signum Foundation | Venice (solo)

Awake and Dream | Palazzo Doná Signum Foundation | Venice

 

Works in collections

Signum Foundation | Venice/Poznan

Galerie Denise René| Paris

Cruz-Diez Foundation | Houston, Texas

British Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection | London

Videoinsight Foundation | Turin

Collection GM | Lodz

Bank PEKAO SA | Warsaw

Siena Art Institute | Siena

Selected books

Paradigm Volume I – Genesis | Paradigm Publishing | Philadelphia 2014

Nel mezzo del cammin | Michal Martychowiec | galleria upp | Venice 2011

Awake and Dream. Documentation /photographs and films/ | Michal Martychowiec | Signum Foundation | Venice 2009