Cezary Bodzianowski is the laureate of the 2013 Katarzyna Kobro Award

Cezary Bodzianowski is known as the author of little, sometimes hardly noticeable artistic interventions, which temporarily disturb the natural flow of daily life. The artist refers to his actions as ‘occurrences’. They often take place in public space and rarely in institutions of culture. Some happen in private spaces and are accessible to a wider audience thanks to documentation, most often produced by Monika Chojnicka.

The Jury, composed of Agnieszka Kurant (President), Zbigniew Libera, Jan Simon, and Monika Sosnowska, have justified their decision as follows:

The unique quality of Bodzianowski’s work can be seen in radicalism and singularity of his artistic attitude, strongly related to personal experience of daily life. The artist has almost totally abandoned the activities at art institutions, resigned from creating objects and preparing events for the invited viewers, in favour of extremely ephemeral, subtle interventions into established reality addressed to random addressees. Bodzianowski’s actions alter the established order of things, even though many of them do not leave any trace but uncontrolled and free memes, stories or legends. By this Cezary Bodzianowski fits in the traditional avant-garde idea of art that becomes life.

The Jury members add also: We are happy that the Award goes to the artist living and working in Łódź, the city where Katarzyna Kobro’s works were created.

The announcement of the jury decision and presentation of the Award took place on 21st February at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź (ms1). Part of the ceremony was the  presentation of the film entitled Muralu, czy ci nie żal [Mural, don’t you regret? - the title is a paraphrase of a popular Polish song Highlander, don’t you regret? - translator’s note]. The film can be seen on the ground floor of ms1 until 16th March (admission free).

Cezary Bodzianowski was born in 1966. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp. His works were presented at numerous solo exhibitions, among others in:  Spike Island, Bristol 2011, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv 2009, Galleria Zero, Milan 2007, Broadway 1602 Gallery, New York 2006, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne 2005, Neue Kunsthalle, St. Gallen 2005, Fundacja Galerii Foksal, [Foksal Gallery Foundation] Warsaw 2003, and Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 2002. Mr Bodzianowski also took part in  a number of group exhibitions in Poland and abroad;  and - most recently -  in: ‘Cezary Bodzianowski - To miejsce nazywa się Jama’ [Cezary Bodzianowski - This Place is Called the Hole] Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach and Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź 2013, “Warpechowski/Konieczny/Uklański/Bodzianowski”, Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź 2011, „The Other Tradition”, Wiels, Brussels 2011, „Les Promesses du Passe”, Centre Pompidou, Paris 2010, “Palace Party”, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen 2010, 5th Berlin Biennial, Berlin 2008, “So ist es und anders” Museum Abteiberg Moenchengladbach 2008, “Il teatro Della Vita”, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento 2007, “The World as a Stage”, Tate Modern, London 2007. Mr Bodzianowski is a laureate of the Pegaz [Pegasus] Prize for 2001 and a holder of Polityka Magazine Passport of 2004. In 2012 he was awarded a scholarship of DAAD  in Berlin.

Film from the Award presentation ceremony

The originator of the annual Katarzyna Kobro Award, granted to a chosen artist by other peer-artists is Józef Robakowski (together with Nika Strzemińska, the daughter of Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński).

The Award is meant to honour a creative pursuit and progressive attitude of artists. Originally the Award was granted by Galeria Wschodnia, and since 2011 the event has been organised by Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź.


Former laureates:

2001 - Zbigniew Dłubak
2002 - Jürgen Blum - Kwiatkowski
2003 - Andrzej Dłużniewski
2004 - Krzysztof M. Bednarski
2005 - Teresa Murak
2006 - Krzysztof Wodiczko
2007 - Jerzy Lewczyński
2008 - Zbigniew Rybczyński
2009 - Andrzej Lachowicz
2011 - Zygmunt Rytka
2012 - Natalia LL

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