Michal Martychowiec (born in 1987) creates conceptual series of photographs, films, drawings, neons, objects, mixed media installations and environments.

Martychowiec’s oeuvre consists of a mixed-media practice designed in larger series developed hermeneutically around an expanded topic. It is predominantly concentrated on the conditions and politics of contemporary human existence and often involves areas of history, invention and autopoiesis of historical narratives and also exploration and occasionally comical recomposition of cultural symbols and archetypes.

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

Furthermore, Martychowiec merges artistic and curatorial practices through a twofold arrangement of his oeuvre. At first, he develops projects as individual narratives introducing specific symbols within a certain field of inquiry. These projects and symbols correspond to one another and later their elements are reenacted and incorporated, through a curatorial activity, into large and complex installations relating to the contemporary sociopolitical landscape.



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


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


Foundation Diploma in Art and Design | London College of Communication

Selected exhibitions


Tears of Iblis. All that is solid melts into air. | Rodríguez Gallery | Poznan (solo)

Nachricht vom letzten Menschen: The Mythology of Michal Martychowiec  | Bublitz. Thesaurós. Uhlandstraße. | Berlin (solo)

Josephine, entering the maze | Bublitz. Thesaurós. Uhlandstraße. | Berlin (solo)

Body. Gaze. Power. A Cultural History of the Bath | Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

BLAST | Urbs Picta – Palazzo Poste | Verona

Escrituras Ácratas | Centro Párraga | Murcia

Persistence | Rodríguez Gallery | Warsaw

μυθοποίηση Tempel auf Zeit | Bublitz. Thesaurós. Uhlandstraße. | Berlin


Empty room | Spazio Cordis | Verona (solo)

Winter kept us warm | Migrant Bird Space | Berlin (solo)

A Time for Farewells | Shrine Empire Gallery | New Delhi

To be played | Giardino Giusti | Verona

A Time for Farewells | Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery | Haverford (PA)

UNselect | Kleine Humboldt Galerie | Berlin

Do not break the Heavenly Seal | Signum Foundation Gallery | Lodz

Greetings | Videoinsight Foundation | Turin


Everything about the contemporary is panda | Rodríguez Gallery | Warsaw (solo)

Between the two worlds, the respite, in which we are not | Lianzhou Foto | Lianzhou (solo)

Journey to the West | Signum Foundation Gallery | Lodz (solo)

Tears of Iblis | Signum Foundation Gallery | Lodz (solo)

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)

The Nor’easter Blows | lithium gallery | Chicago (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

Flowing Books – Temporality | OCAT | Nanjing

On longing and consolation | Kunstenfestival Watou | Watou

Big Workout: AMNUA International Project III | Art Museum of NUA | Nanjing

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

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

3 | MMS3 | Chengdu


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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


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

Videoinsight Foundation | Turin

OCAT | Nanjing

Private collection of Denise René | Paris

British Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection | London

C/O | Milan

Cruz-Diez Foundation | Houston

Collection GM | Lodz

Bank PEKAO SA | Warsaw

Siena Art Institute | Siena

MMAT Collection | London