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Konrad Smolenski

Poland 1977

Installation, Performance Art


Konrad Smolenski
Konrad Smolenski
January 24, 2017
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Konrad Smolenski is a multimedia artist from Poland who is able to expertly use film, music, performance acts and various objects in order to explore different topics and issues of our society. By combining different mediums and methods, this author aims to ultimately destroy the viewer’s perception and confront him with some harsh realities, such as the borderline experience of the brutally inevitable aspects of life like decay or death. Due to the complicated nature of his work, it’s not uncommon for Konrad to label his art with some complex terminology, such as the mix of spectacular pyrotechnic effects or minimal punk aesthetic. It should be noted that this author has an openly anarchic character, a feature that manifests itself heavily on the work he creates.

Current Video and sound exhibition on view at Leto Chunks gallery is from Biennale exhibitions
Konrad Smoleński – The End of Radio2009 – Image via artfacts.net

Separating Himself From “High Art”

Since Konrad is best described as an installation and performance artist whose works are characterized by a strong tendency to cause an emotional impact within the audience, it comes as no surprise that his focal point are audiovisual experiments[1]. He aims to see how far the experience of combined sounds and images can take him, exploring the possibilities of such a technique. Konrad graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań[2], but he also had another big source of influence and inspiration and that is the Penerstwo group, an organization that counts Konrad as one of its most crucial members. This artistic group from Poznań is based on the idea of lowering creative instincts and seeking inspiration in the creativity far from what society prefers to call high art. Driven by such a concept, Konrad creates art that aims to combine all the unconventional ideas and materials he can find, offering us a unique blend of audio and video experiences unlike anything else on the scene. It should also be noted that Konrad is an active experimental musician – he is a part of a music group called BNNT. Konrad represented his country at the Venice Art Biennale in 2013 when he was the highlight of the Polish Pavillon.

Konrad Smolenski is primarily praised for his ability to combine different mediums and artistic techniques in order to get the most out of his artworks

Since 2009, the sound exhibition is on view in Biennale gallery
Konrad Smoleński – Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More – Image via artfacts.net

The Mastery of Konrad Smolenski

Although the extraordinary number of techniques Konrad has at his disposal is certainly impressive in its own right, what strikes us even more is the fact that this Polish artist displays a remarkable level of mastery when dealing with every medium he gets his hands on. And, in all honesty, this is the only way Konrad will ever be able to author the kind of pieces he does, at least from a technical standpoint. Logically, this heavily reflects on the viewers who are regularly stunned by some sort of an emotional impact when observing Konrad’s work – the only variation comes from the sort of emotion that is caused and this covers everything between anxiety and pure awe.

Konrad Smolenski lives and works in Warsaw, Poland, and Bern, Switzerland.


  1. Anonymous, Konrad Smoleński, Culture.pl, 2012
  2. Hassell, M., Polish Artist Konrad Smolenski, Berkshire Fine Arts, Feb 27, 2014

Featured image: Konrad Smolenski – A Photo of the Artist – Image via contemporarylynx.co.uk
All images used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Money To BurnZacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw Group
2016Common Affairs: Revisting The Views Award: Contemporary Art From PolandDeutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin Group
2016The Silence Of SoundsWroclaw Contemporary Museum (MWW), Wroclaw Group
2016The Time is Out of JointSharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces, Sharjah Group
2016Presence-Absence-Traces. Contemporary Artists on Jewish WarsawMuseum of the history of Polish Jews, Warsaw Group
2015[A] SYMETRIEZacheta Lublin, Lublin Group
2015Sound NoirNeuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen Group
2015Retuning. Leszek Knaflewski And SoundscapesCentre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw Group
2015UntuneKunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin Group
2014Volkspaleis 2014Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague Solo
2014Konrad Smoleński: Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No MoreNational Gallery of Art, Warsaw Solo
2014Konrad Smolenski: VOID. If The Universe Is Expanding, Are We Drifting Apart Too?Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur Solo
2014Orkest!Netwerk, center for contemporary art, Aalst Group
2014Show with a Lovely TitleLETO Gallery, Warsaw Group
2014People Are StrangeGaleria Sztuki Współczesnej BWA, Olsztyn Group
2014Konrad Smolenski: SplitWest Den Haag, The Hague Group
2014The Oxymoron of NormalityArsenal Gallery, Bialystok Group
2014Długość cugli wyznacza średnicę arenyOpole Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole Group
2014Ruptures & ConvergencesKUAD GALLERY, Istanbul Group
2014Booster: Kunst Sound MaschineMARTa Herford, Herford Group
2014As You Can See. Polish Art TodayMuseum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw Group
2014Dallas BiennaleDallas Biennale, Dallas, TX Group
2013Konrad Smoleński: S.T.R.H.Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk Solo
20138. Biennial of PhotographyGaleria Miejska „Arsenał”, Poznan Group
2013Learning from WarsawMuseum Bärengasse, Zurich Group
2013Learning From WarsawKunstverein Zürich, Zurich Group
2013To DrawAnna Nova Gallery, St. Petersburg Group
2013Performa 13Performa, New York City, NY Group
2013You Haven't Seen It Yet: The Works From Kolekcja II That Have Not Been Shown So FarArsenal Gallery, Bialystok Group
2013British British Polish Polish: Art From Europe's Edges In The Long '90s And TodayCentre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw Group
2013#1 Learning from WarsawKunstverein Zürich, Zurich Group
2013Point without IArsenal Gallery, Bialystok Group
2013Biennale di Venezia: 55th International Art ExhibitionLa Biennale di Venezia, Venice Group
2013Twisted EntitiesPolnisches Institut Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf Group
2013Twisted Entities. Zeitgenössische polnische KunstMuseum Morsbroich, Leverkusen Group
2012Transfer: Konrad SmoleńskiOffice 510, Kiev Solo
2012Konrad Smoleński: WŁĄczone. It's OnLETO Gallery, Warsaw Solo
2012he Freedom of Sound. John Cage behind the Iron CurtainLudwig Museum, Budapest Group
2012W 1111Polnisches Institut Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf Group
2012Hools: ZachetaNational Gallery of Art, Warsaw Group
2012Offen Auf Aeg 2012Auf AEG, Nuremberg Group
2012ShowroomLETO Gallery, Warsaw Group
2012Containing The PossiblePippy Houldsworth, London Group
2012La Triennale 2012: Intense ProximityPalais de Tokyo, Paris Group
2012Coming Soon (arrière-garde)Temporary Gallery Cologne, Cologne Group
2011No, No, I Hardly Ever Miss A ShowNational Gallery of Art, Warsaw Group
2011Be_ConstructiveMiejska Galeria Sztuki Lodz, Lodz Group
2011They don’t know why, but they keep doing it.Galeria Blanca Soto Arte, Madrid Group
2011They don't know why, but they keep doing itwaterside contemporary, London Group
2011PeaceArsenal Gallery, Bialystok Group
2010KOT ArchivesGaleria Stereo, Poznan Group
2010Träume finden in der Vergangenheit stattKunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus, Cottbus Group
2010Mediation Biennale 2010Biennale Office: Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan Group
2010A Journey Round the SkullCentre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw Group
2010Wzlot białego CyganaGaleria Miejska Arsenal, Poznan Group
2009Konrad Smoleński: evil hidden blackGaleria Stereo, Poznan Solo
2009Konrad Smoleński: CHUNKS CZĘŚCILETO Gallery, Warsaw Solo
2009Konrad Smoleński: Watch It!Galeria Nova, Krakow Solo
2009Difference Beyond DifferenceStary Browar, Poznan Group
2009About a boyLETO Gallery, Warsaw Group
2009A!Galeria Miejska Arsenal, Poznan Group
2009Norman Leto, Konrad Smoleński, Sprzedam połowę bliźniakaGaleria Miejska Arsenal, Poznan Group
2008Mediation Biennale 08Biennale Office: Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan Group
2008StomachStary Browar, Poznan Group
2006Self-victimPlatan Gallery, Budapest Group