Visual Arts

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute carries out projects related to visual arts. Thanks to individual and group exhibitions, and ensuring a presence at the highest-level international events, Polish artists are becoming part of the international cultural scene. The Institute also supports young artists through residency and educational programmes, and by organising study visits for critics and curators, representatives of museums and galleries, and journalists.

One of the basic forms of the Institute’s activities is our fruitful collaboration with renowned foreign partners, such as the Whitechapel Gallery and Gasworks in London, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle in Berlin. In 2016, this collaboration resulted in exhibitions that achieved great success in terms of visitor numbers, and met with positive opinions from media and audiences: Andrzej Wróblewski’s Recto / Verso in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid; Common Affairs in the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle in Berlin; and a solo show of Edward Krasiński’s work in the Tate Liverpool. The Institute regularly works with major biennales around the world. In addition to our long-term relationship with the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw in promoting the Polish Pavilion at the Art Biennale and Architecture Biennale in Venice, the Institute strives to ensure a presence by Polish artists at regular events of global significance (including Iza Tarasiewicz’s project at the Biennales in Sao Paulo and Gwangju, and the presentation of Krzysztof Wodiczko’s work at the Liverpool Biennial in the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).

In 2017 we will work with partners including Kunsthalle Basel (a solo show by Maria Loboda), the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (the first Edward Krasiński retrospective in the Netherlands) and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art (a presentation of Sharon Lockhart’s project in the Polish Pavilion during the Art Biennale in Venice).

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  • 11Apr'19 - 30Jun'19
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    Abakanowicz Textile & Sculpture Retrospective in Riga

    The exhibition 'Into the Space of Magdalena Abakanowicz: Textile and Sculpture' will present the artist's multifaceted work. It will include 15 of her works: abakans, sculptures and sculptural series loaned from various Polish collections. More #photography & visual arts
  • 29Mar'19 - 08Sep'19

    Major Paweł Althamer Exhibition in Helsinki

    The presitigious Helsinki Art Museum presents Althamer’s first solo exhibition in the Nordic region, showcasing the internationally-acclaimed Polish artist's diverse and surprising work from the last three decades along with a specially-created new collaborative artwork. More #photography & visual arts
  • 24Oct'18 - 14Jan'19
    Katarzyna Kobro, Suspended Construction 1, 1921, lost, reconstruction 1972, epoxy, glass fibre, wood, metal, 20 x 40 x 40 cm, photo courtesy of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź

    A Polish Avant-garde: Katarzyna Kobro & Władysław Strzemiński at Centre Pompidou

    The new exhibition at Centre Pompidou ‘A Polish Avant-Garde: Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński’ examines the work, artistic theories and social commitments of these two artists – a modern couple, discreet revolutionaries. Important members of the ‘progressive international’ who have attracted considerable scholarly attention, they remain largely – and unjustly – unknown to the wider public. More #polska 100
  • 09Oct'18 - 09Oct'18

    An Evening In Amsterdam Revisiting Art In 1970s East-Central Europe

    A special evening to mark the reprint of the Works and Words catalogue, which accompanied the historic 1979 art show of the same name. More #photography & visual arts
  • 05Sep'18 - 06Sep'18

    Polish VR Feature Film in Tel Aviv

    The first-ever Polish feature film in VR will be presented at the Innovation Tel Aviv Festival on 5th and 6th September 2018. More #technology & innovation

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Published at: 2016.08.23 14:10
Updated at: 2018.11.06 12:10
Author: Karolina Babij
Written by: Karolina Babij