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WILHELM SASNAL
1972 born in Tarnów
1995-2001 co-founder and member of the "£adnie" group
1999 graduated from the Department of Painting of the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts
1999 first prize winner at the "Bielska Jesieñ" biennale of painting in Bielsko-Bia³a
2005 residence stay at Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas
2006 winner of the Van Gogh art Award, Amsterdam
Lives in Cracow

  Wilhelm Sasnal
 
Wilhelm Sasnal is an artist of an exceptional sensitivity to the images which surround us and, at the same time, their expert critic - both on the painterly and the political level. Paintings and films by Sasnal reflect an intense observation of the surrounding world and simultaneously form a peculiar image-dictionary of cultural fascinations and experiences from the beginning of the 21st century extending from music to history, from Sonic Youth to "Maus" by Spiegelman. Also, the list of genres for which the artist reaches is long: from paintings, comic books, drawings, posters, photographs to video clips, structural films and "amateur" recordings on an 8 mm tape. Sasnal developed an individual formula of contemporary painting. "I am a realist painter", he says, because everything he paints has its roots in particular situations, events, images and views, or is taken from books, the Internet, newspapers or the street. At the same time, his paintings - almost like a television "replay" - happen in slow motion, "in close-up", deforming the reality, so as to feel its meaning better and recreate the emotions that accompany the perception. These images - physically "oil on canvas" - really take place in the deepest recesses of consciousness, between the visible and the visual memory. They are fractured in a natural way and as this is how they relate the difference between looking and seeing. Sasnal's art always stands on the side of the weaker, recognizing the creative potential of impairment and vagueness, and seeing sad paintings and amateur films shot from the hand, as a critical counterpart to the incessantly and dangerously developing world.



Solo exhibitions:

2007
- Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
- Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, CH
- Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA

2006
- Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, IRL
- Sadie Coles HQ, London, GB
- USA, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL
- Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL
- Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main, D
- Wzorzec kilograma (The Standard of the Kilogram), Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, PL

2005
- Matrix 219, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, USA
- Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA

2004
- The Band, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, CH
- Camden Arts Centre, London, GB
- Map Trap, Raster, Warsaw, PL
- Zawa Srod, Johnen+Schoettle Galerie, Cologne, D
- Ruediger Schoettle Galerie, Munich, D

2003
- Wisla, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Kunsthalle Zurich, CH
- Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Muenster, D
- 3 o'clock Road Block, Sadie Coles HQ, London, GB
- Galleria Laura Pecci, Milan (with Monika Sosnowska), I
- MUHKA, Antwerp, B
- T-ow, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA

2002
- BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, PL
- PHO, Galerie Johnen+Schöttle, Cologne, D
- Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, PL
- Galerie Display, Prague (with Monika Sosnowska), CZ
- Parel, Amsterdam, NL

2001
- Everyday life in Poland in 1999-2001, Raster, Warsaw, PL
- Cars and men, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, PL

2000
- Accident, Bagatt Showroom, Warsaw, Cracow, PL
- Board game, Potocka Gallery, Cracow, PL

1999
- Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
- One hundred pieces, Zderzak Gallery, Cracow, PL
- Crowd, Open Gallery, Cracow (on billboard), PL

1998
- A private-public exhibition, Open Gallery, Cracow (on billboard), PL
- A National Holiday, Open Gallery, Cracow (on billboard), PL

 

Selected group exhibitions:

2007
- Airs de Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris, F
- Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, GB
- Painting now!, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
- Electronic Transformation, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, CH

2006
- Polish Painting of the 21st Century, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
- 1,2,3.Avant Gardes, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL
- Galerie Patrick Seguin invites Hauser & Wirth, Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris, F
- The Exotic Journey Ends, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, PL
- Blind Date Passau, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Wörlen, Passau, D
- Faster! Bigger! Better!, ZKM, Karlsruhe, D
- Down with the pimps of art, Financial-Banking Center, Warsaw, PL
- The Vincent 2006, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
- Attributen en Substantie, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, B
- Villa Warsaw, Raster, Warsaw, PL
- Implosion. 10 Year Anniversary, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA
- Imagination Become Reality V, Sammlung Goetz, München, D
- Infinite Painting. Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Codroipo (Udine), I
- Melancholia, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, ISR
- I still love the 20th century, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, A
- Artists for Chinati, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, USA
- The Triumph of Painting, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, GB
- Images in Painting, Museu Serralves, Porto, PT
- Bad News, Kronika, Bytom, PL
- Grey Flags, Sculpture Center, New York, USA
- Is it better to be a good artist or a good person?, Raster at Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
- Gut und billig. Aktuelle polnische Malerei aus der Sammlung Cyganek, Museum Junge Kunst, Frakfurt/Oder, D
- Broniewski, BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, PL

2005
- Material Time / Work Time / Life Time, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Reykjavik, IS
- Poles Apart: Contemporary Polish Art, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
- Broniewski, Raster, Warsaw, PL
- Prague Biennale 2. Expanded Painting, Prague, CZ
- Potential. Contemporary Art Collections for the Museum., Metropolitan building, Warsaw, PL
- The Triumph of Painting. Part Two, Saatchi Gallery, London, GB
- Accrochage. Selected works, Marc Jancou Fine Art, New York, USA
- The Collection XIII - Luz, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, B
- Goodbye Rothchild 64, Welcome Rothchild 13, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, ISR
- M Stadt. Europäische Stadtlandschaften, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, A
- It takes some time to open an oyster, Centre Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, ESP
- Monuments of Nowa Huta, Bunkier Sztuki, Cracow, PL

2004
- From My Window. Artists and their Teritorries, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, F
- Auschwitz-Prozess 4 Ks 2/63, Haus Gallus, Frankfurt am Main; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, D
- 26. Bienal de Sao Paulo, BR
- Who if not we should at least try to imagine the future of all this?, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
- Matrix 213. Some Forgotten Place, Berkeley Art Museum, USA
- Nowa Huta. Kunst aus polnischer Sicht, Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Muenster, D
- From Above, Georg Kargl Galerie, Vienna, A
- 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
- Werke aus der Sammlung Boros, ZKM, Karlsruhe, D
- Sammlung Plum, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, D
- MUHKA de collectie, MUHKA, Antwerp, B
- Marc Jancou Fine Arts, New York, USA
- Funny cuts, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, D
- Prym, BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, PL

2003
- Hidden in a daylight, Cieszyn, PL
- 4ever young, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, ISR
- Boyce, Creed, Höfer, Ruff, Sasnal u. a., Johnen+Schöttle, Cologne, D
- Art for all children, Zacheta - National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL
- Crawling Revolution 2, Rooseum, Malmö, S

2002
- Painting on the Move, Kunsthalle Basel, CH
- Keine Kleinigkeiten, Kunsthalle Basel, CH
- 4th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
- Urgent painting, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, F
- A Need For Realism. Solitude In Ujazdowski, Centre of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
- Semiotic landscape, Xawery Dunikowski Museum, Warsaw, PL
- Rowelucja, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, PL

2001
- 1st Tirana Biennale, Chinese Pavillion, Tirana, Albania
- Good, Raster, Warsaw, PL
- Burocreacy, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, PL
- 4th Polish Young Artists' Show, BWA Awangarda Gallrey, Wroclaw, PL
- The famous Ladnie Group, Sektor I Gallery, GCK, Katowice, PL
- 1st friday of the month (Ladnie Group), Manhattan Gallery, Lodz, PL
- Popelita, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Cracow, PL
- Fish eye, Baltic Gallery for Contemporay Art, Slupsk/Ustka, PL
- Relax, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, PL

2000
- In Between: Art from Poland 1945-2000, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, USA
- Paint me, BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, PL
- Trafik.Kunst, Polnisches Institut, Vienna, A
- Ladnie Group in D'Arcy, D'Arcy Agency, Warsaw, PL
- Scene 2000, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
- Postpoetry, Otwarta Pracownia Gallery, Cracow, PL
- Formidable brushes, Xawery Dunikowski Museum, Warsaw, PL
- Visual Art - Simple Life. Video and Media Art from Poland, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, D
- Galeria Zderzak: Young Art from Kraków, Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt/O, Prowincjonalna Gallery, S³ubice, D/PL
- Zderzak Gallery: 100% Painting, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, PL

1999
- What you see is what you get, Galeria Medium, Bratislava, SK
- Bielska Autumn, Bielska Gallery, Bielsko-Biala, PL