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ZBIGNIEW LIBERA
1959 born in Pabianice
1979 begins studies at the Department of Pedagogy of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, drops the studies after a year
1980-1986 associated with the circle of the Strych gallery, member of the Kultura Zrzuty group, co-editor of "Tango" magazine
1982-1983 arrested and detained for printing underground Press
1986-1989 co-founder and member of punk group Sternenhoch
1988-2006 lives and works in Warsaw
1988-2000 poses to Zofia Kulik's photo works
2000-2001 co-founded two artist-run clubs: Baumgart/Libera and Aurora
2006 decides to live a nomadic life, for a start moves to Greece for a year

 

  Zbigniew Libera
  Zbigniew Libera is one of the most interesting and important Polish artists. His works - photographs, video films, installations, objects and drawings - piercingly and subversively (in an intellectual way) play with the stereotypes of contemporary culture. His shocking video works from the 80s (among others "Intimate Rites" and "Mystical Perseverance") preceded "body art" by 10 years. In mid-90s, Libera began to create "Correcting Devices" - objects which are modifications of already existing products - objects of mass consumption (among others "Universal Penis Expander" and "Body Master. A Play Kit For Children"). He also designs transformed toys - works that reveal the mechanisms of upbringing, education and cultural conditioning, the most famous of which is "Lego Concentration Camp". From that moment on, he is one of the pillar of the so-called "critical art", also in the institutional sense - despite the development of his career he is still closely connected with the independent circles. In recent years he has also been preoccupied with photography, especially the specificity of press photography and the ways in which the media shape our visual memory and manipulate the image of history (works from the series "Positives" and "Masters", 2003).



       

Solo exhibitions:

2007
- Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, A

2006
-Zbigniew Libera: Work from 1984-2004, University of Michigan, School of Art & Design, Ann Arbor, USA
- Co robi łączniczka, Institute Polonaise, Paris, F (with Darek Foks)
- Nouvelle impresion d'Afrique, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, F
- Photographs, Raster, Warsaw, PL

2005
- Photographic Atlases and Other Publications, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL
- Co robi łączniczka, Kronika Gallery, Bytom, PL (with Darek Foks)
- Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, F (with Martha Rosler)

2004
- Positives, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- Masters and Positives, a.r.t. gallery, Plock, PL
- Masters and Positives, State Gallery of Art, Sopot, PL
- Masters and Positives, Atlas Sztuki Gallery, Lodz, PL

2000
- The other type of prison, American-European Art Associates, New York, USA

1998
- Correct Me If I'm Wrong, Guy McIntyre Gallery, New York, USA

1997
- Gallerie Wang, Oslo, NOR
- Gallerie Faurschou, Copenhagen, DK

1996
- Corrective facilities, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL

1993
- Works with electricity, Na Mazowieckiej Gallery, Warsaw, PL

1992
- Laboratorium Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL

 

Selected group exhibitions:

2007
- At Last, Something New, The National Museum, Cracow, PL
- Anti-Photographs, Biennale of Photography, Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznan, P
- Attitude 2007. The House of Human Beings - Authentically Blessed Jubilance, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, JPN
- Lego, Space, Bratislava, SK
- Manipulations. On Economies of Deceit, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL

2006
- Polyphony of Images - A Night of Cutting-Edge Contemporary Art from Poland, Consulate General of Poland, New York, USA
- Mentality/ Umysłowość, Lodz Biennale 2006, Lodz, PL
- Polish Video Art - Come Into My World, Galeria Patio Centrum Sztuki, Lodz, PL
- The Eighties. Topology, Museum Serralves, Porto, Portugal
- Faites Vos Jeux! Kunst und Spiel seit DADA, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, D
- Broniewski, BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, PL

2005
- Poles Apart: Contemporary Polish Art, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
- W stronę innego. Obserwacje i interwencje, BWA Gallery, Katowice, PL
- Second Present, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, H
- Broniewski, Raster, Warsaw, PL
- 1st Exhibition of the Regional Collection of Contemporary Art in Szczecin, National Museum, Szczecin, PL
- post_modellismus, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, A
- International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2005, The National Gallery, Prague, CZ
- Revenge on realism, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, A
- Falsche Erwartungen, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, D
- Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK
- Potential. Contemporary Art Collections for the Museum., Metropolitan building, Warsaw, PL
- How to talk about contemporary art?, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, PL
- Faites Vos Jeux! Kunst und Spiel seit DADA, Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Vaduz; Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin, D
- Sicht der Dinge, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, D

2004
- From My Window. Artists and Their Teritorries, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, F
- Memoires du temps de l'immaturite, Passage de Retz, Paris, F
- Paisatges Mediatics, fundacio la Caixa, Lleida; Tarragona, ESP
- Under The Red & White Flag, New Art from Poland, Estonian Art Museum, Tallin, EST; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, LT; Nizhny Novgorod branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art, Arsenal, Niznhy Novgorod, RU; Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Arts, Niznhy Tagil, RU; National Centre for Contemporay Arts, Moscow, RU

2002
- Mirroring Evil, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA

2001
- Irreligia, Museum Atelier 340, Brusseles, B
- Anteprima Bovisa Milano Europa 2000, Mediolan, I
- The Negotiators of Art, Bunker Sztuki Gallery, Cracow, PL
- Cold War, Theatrical Association Laznia, Cracow, PL
- In Freiheit/Endlich, National Museum, Warsaw, PL

2000
- Scene 2000, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
- In Freiheit/Endlich, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, D
- Postindustrial Sorrow, Kunsthalle, Wiesbaden, D
- After the Wall", Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, D
- What, how and for whom", HDLU, Zagreb, HR
- L'Autre moitie de l'Europe, Jeu De Paume, Paris, F

1999
- Aspects I Positions, MMKSLW, Vienna, A
- After the Wall, Moderna Musset, Stockholm, S
- The Negotiators of Art, Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia, Gdansk, PL
- A conceptual reflection in Polish art. Current practices, mobile horizons, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
- Generations. Polish art at the end/beginning of the century, Manege - Central Exhibition Hall, Pushkin Gallery 10, St. Petersburg, RUS
- Rondo, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, H
- Pink for boys, blue for girls, NGBK, Berlin, D
- Absence I Presence, Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Persuasion, Lombard and
Fried Gallery, New York, USA

1998
- At the time of writing, Centre of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
- Medialization", Edsvik Konst, Stockholm, S

1996
- The Thing Between, Technische Sammlungen der Stadt, Dresden, D

1995
- Antibodies, Centre of Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
- Beyond Belief, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
- Z. Libera, M. Przyjemska, R. Stańczak, Skuc Galerija, Lubljana, SLO
- New I's For New Years, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, D
- Universalis, 23th Biennale, Sao Paulo, BRA

1994
- Europa, Europa, Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, D
- Videospaces, State Gallery of Art, Sopot, PL
- Medienbiennale - Minima Media, Kunsthalle Elsterpark, Leipzig, D

1993
- Unvollkommen, Museum Bochum, Bochum, D
- Emergency, Aperto '93, XLV Biennale di Venezia, Venice, I

1992
- Mystical Perseveration and Rose, State Gallery of Art, Sopot, PL
- Current situation 3:3, Otso Gallery, Espoo, FIN

1991
- Double identity, Landesmuseum, Wiesbaden, D
- Kunst Europa, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, D
- Bakunin in Dresden, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL

1990
- Bakunin in Dresden, Kunstpalast, Duesseldorf, D
- Querspure Videofestival, Linz, A
- AVE Festival, Arnheim, NL

1988
- Now is now, Wyspa Gallery, Gdańsk, PL

1987
- What's up?, Norblin Facilities, Warsaw, PL