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CHRISTIAN TOMASZEWSKI


Christian Tomaszewski was born in 1971 in Gdansk and currently lives and works in New York. He received his MFA degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland in 1995. His multimedia installations explore aspects of cinema, architecture, and the reconstruction or deconstruction of narrative. His work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Europe in such venues as SculptureCenter and The Bronx Museum, New York; the Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw; Atlas Sztuki, Lodz; Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice; the National Gallery, Prague, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl (a joint project with Ilya Kabakov); Kunstmuseum Chemnitz, Chemnitz; and Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, among others. In his most recent solo exhibition, at New York's SculptureCenter, Tomaszewski presented an installation exploring and intersecting two iconic masterpieces - David Lynch's Blue Velvet and Kurt Schwitters's Merzbau.


Awards include grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Chinati Foundation, the Polish Cultural Institute, and a residency at the American Academy in Rome.


AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
  • 2005 Gottlieb Foundation, New York, NY, USA
  • 2004 Grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY, USA
  • 2004 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, CT, USA
  • 2004 Grant from the Leube Baustoffe Foundation, Salzburg, Austria
  • 2002 AIM program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York, NY, USA
  • 2002 Studio program at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany
  • 2001 Grant from the Polish Cultural Institute, New York, NY, USA
  • 2001 Grant from the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX, USA
  • 2001 International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, NY, USA
  • 2001 Visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, Italy
  • 2001 Studio program at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1999 Grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY, USA
  • 1998 Annual Incentive Award from the Polish and Slavic Foundation, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • 1993 Annual scholarship from the Mayor of the City of Gdynia, Poland


  • SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2009 Morther Earth Sister Moon (with Joanna Malinowska), Performa '09 -the Third Biennial of Performance Art, Chashama, New York, NY, USA
  • 2009 Hunting for Pheasants, Tufts University Art Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
  • 2009 Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
  • 2008 Hunting for Pheasants, Michael Wiesehoefer Galerie, Cologne, Germany
  • 2007 On Chapels, Caves, and Erotic Misery, SculptureCenter, New York, NY, USA
  • 2007 Labor 1 (series: On Chapels, Caves, and Erotic Misery), Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany
  • 2006 On Chapels, Caves, and Erotic Misery, Kunstmuseum Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
  • 2005 On Chapels, Caves, and Erotic Misery, Atlas Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
  • 2005 Light in Lynch, Luxe Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 2004 Plague,Vol.1/December, Luxe Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 2002 Ausgestellt-Vorgestellt: Ilya Kabakov - Christian Tomaszewski, Sculpture Museum Glaskasten, Marl, Germany
  • 2001 My Words Could Be Yours, But They Are Not, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy
  • 2001 Writing a Crime, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2000 My Own Reflection Does Not Deceive Me, ON Gallery, Poznan, Poland
  • 1995 Omnium, Jezuitow Gallery, Poznan, Poland
  • 1994 Untitled, ON Gallery, Poznan, Poland


  • SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2009 Bureau for Open Culture, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH, USA
  • 2009 Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2009 Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
  • 2009 Artpace, San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 2008 Fear Minus One, University Art Gallery, San Diego, CA, USA
  • 2008 Old News 4, Midway Contemporary Art, MN, USA
  • 2008 Kraj: the Work of Artists of Polish Origin, Contemporary Art Center, Opole, Poland
  • 2007 Manipulation: On Economies of Deceit, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2006 Consumption, Kino International, Berlin, Germany
  • 2006 POZA, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, USA
  • 2006 Polyphony of Images, De Lamar Mansion, organized by the Polish Cultural Institute, New York, NY, USA
  • 2006 Manipulations. On Economies of Deceit, Center for Contemporary Art Laznia, Gdansk, Poland
  • 2006 Spivaks generation, Kewenig Galerie, Cologne, Germany
  • 2006 Singular, S.E. Gallery, Bergen, Norway
  • 2006 Gandy Gallery, Bratislawa, Slovakia
  • 2006 Action & Adventure: Towards the New Aesthetics, and Realize Your Dreams: Let the system Do the Work, Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2006 National Museum, Poznan, Poland
  • 2006 Sublime, Luxe Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 2005 Site-ations International, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2005 Clouding Europe, Gandy Gallery, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  • 2005 Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, MA, USA
  • 2005 2nd International Prague Biennial of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2004 The Palimpsest Museum, 1st Biennial of Polish Art in Lodz, Poland
  • 2004 Lucky Draw, SculptureCenter, New York, NY, USA
  • 2004 Lumo 6th International Photography Triennale, Jyvaskylan Taidemuseo Art Museum, Jyvaskyla, Finland
  • 2004 Simply Drawn, Luxe Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 2004 New New Yorkers, Centre for Contemporary Art "Zamek Ujazdowski", Warsaw, Poland
  • 2004 The Bronx Museum of the Arts- AIM 23, New York
  • 2003 Luxe Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 2003 Lucky Draw, SculptureCenter, New York, NY, USA
  • 2003 The Reconstruction Biennale, Exit Art, New York, NY, USA
  • 2003 Artist in the Marketplace, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY, USA
  • 2003 American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
  • 2001 International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, NY, USA
  • 1995 Symposium Young Art in Poland, Center of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko, Poland
  • 1995 Kunst aus Polen Junge Generation, Hannover City Hall, Germany
  • 1994 ON Gallery, Poznan, Poland
  • 1993 State Gallery Sopot, Poland
  • 1993 The Polish Young Painting, BWA State Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland
  • 1992 Tri-Angel, Scheersberg, Flensburg, Germany
  • 1991 Academy of Fine Arts, Madrid, Spain


  • Christian Tomaszewski, Labor 1,
    Image c. 2007 Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg
    and the artist,
    Photo: Georg Tassev



    Christian Tomaszewski, Labor 1,
    Image c. 2007 Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg and the artist,
    Photo: Georg Tassev



    Christian Tomaszewski, installation at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, 2001

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