Wilhelm Sasnal

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Let Me Tell You, 2007 Film 16mm © Wilhelm Sasnal
Photophobia Oil On Canvas 62 3/4 X 62 3/4" © Wilhelm Sasnal
Untitled, 2006 Oil On Canvas 62 3/4 X 76 3/4" © Wilhelm Sasnal
Under the Floor, 2007 Oil On Canvas 62 3/4 X 78 3/4" © Wilhelm Sasnal
© Wilhelm Sasnal
Untitled, 2009 Oil On Canvas 50 X 40 Cm © Hauser & Wirth Zürich
© Courtesy of the artist & Anton Kern Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist & Johnen Galerie
© Courtesy of the Artist and Sadie Coles - New Space
Kacper and Anka , 2009 Oil On Canvas 180 X 220 Cm. © Private Collection, London
Bathers at Asnières, 2010 © Courtesy of the Artist and Whitechapel Gallery
Power plant in Iran , 2010 Oil On Canvas 180 X 200 Cm © Courtesy of the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London
Untitled, 2001 Acrylic On Canvas 153 X 180 Cm © Hauser & Wirth
Soil, 2009 Oil On Canvas 120 X 160 X 2 Cm © Hauser & Wirth
Untitled, 2007 Oil On Canvas 40 X 55 Cm © Wilhelm Sasnal
Roy Orbison 1, 2007 © Haus der Kunst
© Courtesy of the artist & Anton Kern Gallery
Untitled, 2013 Oil On Canvas 180 X 220 Cm / 70 7/8 X 86 5/8 In © Courtesy of the artist & Hauser & Wirth Zürich
© Courtesy of the artist & The Anton Kern Gallery
Christopher Columbus II, 2014 © Courtesy of the Artist and Sadie Coles HQ - Kingly Street
Untitled, 2009 (detail) Oil On Canvas Diptych: 100 × 120 Cm And 40 × 35cm, John Kaldor Collection © Wilhelm Sasnal
© Courtesy of the Artist and Sadie Coles HQ
The Sun, 2015 Oil On Canvas 200 X 200 Cm (Unframed) © Courtesy of the Artist and Johnen Galerie
Untitled, 2016 Oil On Canvas 30.2 X 40.2 X 2.6 Cm / 11 7/8 X 15 7/8 X 1 In © Courtesy of the Artist and Hauser & Wirth
Killing an Arab 3, 2016 Oil On Canvas 160.2 X 200 X 3 Cm / 63 1/8 X 78 3/4 X 1 1/8 In © Courtesy of the Artist and Hauser & Wirth
Killing an Arab (film still), 2015 2 Channel Video Installation 16 Mm Transferred To Hd, 3 Min 35 Sec © Courtesy of the Artist and Hauser & Wirth
Quick Facts
Tarnów, Poland
Birth year
Lives in
Cracow, Poland
Works in
Cracow, Poland
Representing galleries
Sadie Coles London, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Hauser & Wirth Zürich


Born in Tarnów, Poland, 1972

Studied architecture at the Cracow Polytechnic, Poland, 1992-1994
Studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland, 1994-1999

Lives and works in Cracow, Poland

Solo Exhibitions

Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England
Sadie Coles HQ, London, England
Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico

Rat Hole Gallery, ‘16mm films’, Tokyo, Japan
Anton Kern Gallery, New York NY
Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland (Travelling Exhibition)
Rochester Art Center, Rochester MN

CAC – Centro de Arte Contemporàneo, Malaga, Spain (Travelling Exhibition)
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21, Dusseldorf, Germany
Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Sadie Coles HQ, London, England
Neues Museum Nürnberg, ‘Presentation in the Collection Rooms: Wilhelm Sasnal. Works from the Collection Martin’, Nuremberg, Germany

Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, ‘Wilhelm Sasnal. Lata Walki / Years of Struggle’, Trento, Italy (Travelling Exhibition)

Zacheta National Gallery of Art, ‘Wilhelm Sasnal. Lata Walki / Years of Struggle’, Warsaw, Poland (Travelling Exhibition)
Johnen Galerie, ‘Boredom’, Berlin, Germany
Swiss Institute, New York NY
Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Fundació la Caixa, ‘Pintures’, Barcelona, Spain
Anton Kern Gallery, New York NY

Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Sadie Coles HQ, London, England
Center of Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, ‘At the Very Center of Attention Part 10: Wilhelm Sasnal – USA’, Warsaw, Poland
Foksal Gallery Foundation, ‘The Standard of the Kilogram (Wzorzec kilograma)’, Warsaw, Poland
Van Abbe Museum, ‘Wilhelm Sasnal. Paintings and Films’, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Kunstverein Frankfurt, ‘Ist das Leben nicht schön? Gruppenausstellung in 4 Kapiteln, Kapitel 2: Wilhelm Sasnal’, Frankfurt a. M., Germany

UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, ‘Matrix 219’, Berkeley CA
Anton Kern Gallery, New York NY
The Locker Plant, ‘Wilhelm Sasnal – Chinati Artist in Residence’, Marfa TX

Hauser & Wirth Zürich, ‘The Band’, Zurich, Switzerland
Camden Arts Centre, London, England
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
Galerie Johnen + Schöttle, ‘ZAWA SROD’, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Raster, ‘Wilhelm Sasnal – Map Trap’, Warsaw, Poland

Kunstverein Münster, Munster, Germany
Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Sadie Coles HQ, London, England
Galleria Laura Pecci, ‘Wilhelm Sasnal – Monika Sosnowska’, Milan, Italy
Anton Kern Gallery, New York NY
MuHKA – Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, ‘Interventions: Wilhelm Sasnal’, Antwerp, Belgium
Sommer Contemporary Art, ‘WISLA’, Tel Aviv, Israel

Galerie Johnen und Schöttle, Cologne, Germany
Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, Poland
Parel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, Poland

Foksal Gallery Foundation, ‘Samachody i ludzie / Cars and Men’, Warsaw, Poland
Galeria Raster, ‘Zzycie codzienne w Polsce w latach 1999-2001 / Everyday Life in Poland between 1999 and 2001’, Warsaw, Poland

Galeria Potocka, ‘Gra planszowa / Board Game’, Cracow, Poland

Galeria Zderzak, ‘Sto kawalków / The Hundred Pieces’, Cracow, Poland
billboards of Galeria Otwarta, ‘Tlok / The Crowd’, Cracow, Poland
Center of Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, ‘Malarstwo / Painting’, Warsaw, Poland
billboards of Galeria Otwarta, ‘Prywatne-Publiczne / Private-Public’, Cracow, Poland
billboards of Galeria Otwarta, ‘Swieto panstwowe / A Natural Holiday’, Cracow, Poland

Group Exhibitions

Art Gallery of Alberta, ‘Rearview Mirror: New Art from Central and Eastern Europe’, Edmonton, Canada
Fundación Banco Santander’s, ‘Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection’, Madrid, Spain
Art Gallery of Alberta, ‘Rearview Mirror. New Art from Central and Eastern Europe’, Edmonton, Canada

ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, ‘Hirschfaktor. Die Kunst des Zitierens’, Karlsruhe, Germany
Palais des Beaux-Arts BOZAR, ‘The Power of Fantasy: Modern and Contemporary Art from Poland’, Brussels, Belgium
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, ‘Painting Between the Lines’, San Francisco CA
MARTa Herford, ‘Kraftwerk Depot: Wie Kunst altert’, Herford, Germany
SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, ‘Tomorrow is the Question’, Ghent, Belgium
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘ The Second Strike’, Israel
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, ‘MMK 1991 – 2011. 20 Years of Presence’, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Kunsthalle Vienna, ‘Space. About a Dream’, Vienna, Austria
The Power Plant, ‘Rearview Mirror. New Art from Central and Eastern Europe’, Toronto, Canada
BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, ‘The Power of Fantasy. Modern and Contemporary Polish Art’, Brussels, Belgium
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, MMK Zollamt, MainTor-Areal, ‘MMK 1991 – 2011. 20 Years of Presence’, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Rubell Family Collection, ‘How Soon Now’, Miami FL
Villa Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Iceland
Schloss Marquardt, ‘XVII. Rohkunstbau. Atlantis II – Hidden Histories – Imagined Identities’, Potsdam, Germany
ZKM I Museum für Neue Kunst, ‘fast forward 2. The Power of Motion. Media Art Sammlung Goetz’, Karlsruhe, Germany
Johnen Galerie, ‘Conversation Pieces. A Chamber Play, Act III, Scene 3’, Berlin, Germany
Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, ‘THINGS EVOKE FEELINGS. Selected narrations for the CCA Ujazdowski Castle’, Warsaw, Poland
Galerías Hermenegildo Bustos, ‘¡Sin techo está pelón!’, Guanajuato, Mexico
Centre d’art contemporain Passages, ‘Storytellers’, Troyes, France

MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘The Reach of Realism’, North Miami FL
Woxart, ‘Abstraction + Warhol’, Prague, Czech Republic
Museo d’ Arte Provincia di Nuoro, ‘Something Else!!! Selected Works from the Collection of the SMAK, Gent’, Nuoro, Italy
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, ‘SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX’, Dusseldorf, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
Malmö Konsthall, ‘SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX’, Malmo, Sweden (Travelling Exhibition)
MARTa Herford, ‘Hellwach gegenwärtig. Ausblicke auf die Sammlung MARTa’, Herford, Germany
Palazzo Grassi/Punta della Dogana, ‘Mapping the Studio: Artists from the François Pinault Collection’, Venice, Italy
MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, ‘Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection’, New York NY

Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, ‘Ad Absurdum – Zeitgemässe Apparate’, Nordhorn, Germany
Sadie Coles HQ, ‘Films. Lambie, Lloyd, Lucas, Sasnal, Wilcox’, London, England
Kestner Gesellschaft, ‘Back to Black. Black in current Painting’, Hanover, Germany
Carnegie Museum of Art, ‘55th Carnegie International’, Pittsburgh PA
Castello di Rivoli, ‘The Painting of Modern Life’, Turin, Italy (Travelling Exhibition)
LIFE, ‘SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX’, St. Nazaire, France (Travelling Exhibition)
Museion, ‘SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX’, Bolzano, Italy (Travelling Exhibition)
5th Berlin Biennial of Contemporary Art, ‘When Things Cast no Shadow’, Berlin, Germany
MARTa, ‘Ad Absurdum. Energies of the Absurd from Modernism till Today’, Herford, Germany
Motorenhalle, ‘Du Dialogue Social’, Dresden, Germany
Uqbar, ‘Manual CC’, Berlin, Germany
Roger Raveelmuseum, ‘Biennale van de Schilderkunst: He genot van het kijken’,
Machelen-Zulte, Belgium
Kunstmuseum, ‘Blasted Allegories. Werke aus der Sammlung Ringier’, Lucerne, Switzerland
Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, ‘Red Eye Effect. Polish Photography of the 21st Century’, Warsaw, Poland
Johnen Galerie, ‘I am never at Home’, Berlin, Germany
Van Abbemuseum, ‘Heartland’, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Museion, ‘Peripheral Vision and Collective Body’, Bozen, Italy
T2 Torino Triennale, ’50 Moons of Saturn’, Turin, Italy
Johnen & Schöttle, ‘Don`t come in, be merciful’, Cologne, Germany
Site Gallery, ‘Never Let the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story’, Sheffield, England

Southbank Centre – The Hayward, ‘Painting of Modern Life’, London, England (Travelling Exhibition)
Kunstverein Hamburg, ‘Gesellschaftsbilder. Zeitgenössische Malerei’, Hamburg, Germany
ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, ‘Imagination Becomes Reality’, Karlsruhe, Germany
Museum Franz Gertsch, ‘Frisch gestrichen’, Burgdorf, Switzerland
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, ‘Who’s got the Big Picture?’, Antwerp, Belgium
Museum of Modern Art, ‘What is Painting?’, New York NY
Centre Georges Pompidou, ‘AIRS DE PARIS’, Paris, France
Stedelijk Museum, ‘The Present’, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Laznia Center for contemporary Art, ‘Last News’, Danzig, Poland
Thomas Dane Gallery, ‘Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative’, London, England
Kunsthal Rotterdam, ‘Painting now!’, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Kunsthaus Zürich, ‘Electronic Transformation’, Zurich, Switzerland
Hauser & Wirth London, ‘Old School’, London, England
Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, ’1,2,3…Avant Gardes’, Stuttgart, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
Sala Rekalde, ’1,2,3…Avant Gardes’, Bilbao, Spain (Travelling Exhibition)

Zacheta National Gallery, ‘Polish Painting of the 21st Century’, Warsaw, Poland
Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, ’1,2,3…Avant Gardes’, Warsaw, Poland (Travelling Exhibition)
Galerie Patrick Seguin, ‘Galerie Patrick Seguin invites Hauser & Wirth’, Paris, France
Foksal Gallery Foundation, ‘ The Exotic Journey Ends’, Warsaw, Poland
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Wörlen, ‘BLIND DATE PASSAU’, Passau, Germany
ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, ‘FASTER! BIGGER! BETTER!’, Karlsruhe, Germany
Financial-Banking Center (HOWY SWIAT 06), ‘Precz z Alfonsami Sztuk. Down with the Pimps of Art’, Warsaw, Poland
Stedelijk Museum, ‘The Vincent 2006’, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, ‘Attributen en Substantie’, Antwerp, Belgium
Galeria Raster, ‘VILLA HOLIDAY WARSAW’, Warsaw, Poland
Anton Kern Gallery, ‘Implosion. 10 Year Anniversary’, New York NY
Sammlung Goetz, ‘Imagination Become Reality V’, Munich, Germany
Museu Serralves. Museu De Arte Contemporânea, ‘Imagens Em Pintura’, Porto, Portugal
Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, ‘Infinite Painting. Contemporary Painting and Global Realism’, Codroipo (Udine), Italy
Sommer Contemporary Art, ‘Melancholia’, Tel Aviv, Israel
Georg Kargl Fine Arts, ‘I still love the 20th century’, Vienna, Austria
Phillips de Pury & Company, ‘Artists for Chinati’, New York NY
Leeds City Art Gallery, ‘The Triumph of Painting’, Leeds, England
Rental Gallery, ‘is it better to be a good artist or a good person?’, Los Angeles CA
Sculpture Centre, ‘Grey Flags’, Long Island NY
Museum für Junge Kunst, ‘Gut und Billig’, Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany
Van Abbemuseum, ‘Yael Bartana, Dan Perjovschi, Wilhelm Sasnal’, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, ‘The Collection XIII – Luz’, Antwerp, Belgium
Sommer Contemporary Art, ‘Goodbye Rothchild 64, Welcome Rothchild 13’, Tel Aviv, Israel
Raster Gallery, ‘Broniewski’, Warsaw, Poland
Louisiana Contemporary, ‘On Line’, Louisiana LA
Kunsthaus Graz, ‘M Stadt. Europäische Stadtlandschaften’, Graz, Austria
Centre Cultural Andratx, ‘It takes some time to open an oyster’, Mallorca, Spain
Prague Biennale 2, International Contemporary Art, ‘Expanded Painting’, Prague, Czech Republic
Bunkier Stzuki, ‘Monuments of Nowa Huta’, Cracow, Poland
Reykjavik Arts Festival, ‘Material Time / Work Time / Life Time’, Reykjavik, Iceland
Saatchi Gallery, ‘The Triumph of Painting. Part Two’, London, England
Marc Jancou Fine Art, ‘Accrochage: Selected Works’, New York NY

Galeria BWA Zielona Góra, ‘Prym’, Warsaw, Poland
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, ‘Funny Cuts’, Stuttgart, Germany
UC Berkeley Art Museum, ‘Matrix 213: Some Forgotten Place’, Berkeley CA
Westfälischer Kunstverein, ‘Nowa Huta’, Munster, Germany
Museum für Moderne Kunst, ‘Werke aus der Sammlung Boros’, Karlsruhe, Germany
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, ‘MUHKA de collectie’, Antwerp, Belgium
Stedelijk Museum, ‘Time and Again’, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Marc Jancou Fine Art, New York NY
Haus Gallus, ’4 Ks 2 / 63’, Frankfurt, Germany
Georg Kargl, ‘From Above’, Vienna, Austria
Museum Kurhaus Kleve, ‘Sammlung Plum’, Kleve, Germany
Art Museum of Estonia, ‘Under the White and Red Flag’, Tallinn, Estonia (Travelling Exhibition)
Contemporary Art Center, ‘Under the White and Red Flag’, Vilnius, Lithuania (Travelling Exhibition)
ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, ‘Werke aus der Sammlung Boros’, Karlsruhe, Germany

Hotel pod Jeleniem, ‘Hidden In A Daylight’, Cieszyn, Poland
Sommer Contemporary Art, ‘4ever young’, Tel Aviv, Israel
Johnen + Schöttle, ‘Boyce, Creed, Höfer, Ruff, Sasnal u. a.’, Cologne, Germany

Kunsthalle Basel, ‘Keine Kleinigkeiten’, Basel, Switzerland
Kunsthalle Basel, ‘Painting on the Move: Nach der Wirklichkeit – Realismus und aktuelle Malerei’, Basel, Switzerland
‘4th Gwangju Biennale’, Gwangju, China
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, ‘Urgent Painting’, Paris, France
Museum Viadrina – Junkerhaus, ‘Raster – Aktuelle Kunst aus Polen’, Frankfurt / Oder, Germany
Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, ‘A Need For Realism. Solitude In Ujazdowski’, Warsaw, Poland
Siemens artLab, ‘Semiotic Landscape’, Vienna, Austria (parallel exhibition at Charim Galerie, Vienna, Austria)
Hotel, ‘Pod Brunatnym Jeleniem’ (cur. Joanna Mytkowska, Andrzej Przywara, Adam Szymczyk), Cieszyn, Poland

Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, ‘New Collection of the CCA and the Loan of the Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Galeria Raster, ‘Dobro / The Good’, Warsaw, Poland
‘1st Tirana Biennale, Chinese Pavillion’, Tirana, Albania
Foksal Gallery Foundation, ‘Biurokracja / Bureaucracy’, Warsaw, Poland
Bunkier Sztuki, ‘Popelita / Pop-elite’, Cracow, Poland
Chicago Cultural Center, ‘In Between’, Chicago IL
BWA gallery, ‘Rybie of Fisheye’, Slupsk, Poland

Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, ‘Scena 20’, Warsaw, Poland
Edit-Russ Haus, ‘Visual Art – Simple Life’, Oldenburg, Germany
BWA gallery, ’100 % malarstwa /10 of Painting’, Poznan, Poland
BWA, ‘Narmaluj mine / Paint Me’, Zielone Góra, Poland

Medium Gallery, ‘What you see is what you get’, Bratislava, Slovakia

French Cultural Institute, ‘Siedmiu miodych malarzy / Seven Young Painters’, Cracow, Poland


The Vincent Van Gogh Biennial Award for Contemporary Art in Europe

Film Screenings

Era New Horizons Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland

Anthology Film Archives, ‘Swiniopas’, New York NY
Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland
The 20th Bath Film Festival, Bath, England
Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema, ‘Wilhelm Sasnal. Fallout’, London, England

Cinema Riffraff, ‘Wilhelm Sasnal. Swiniopas’, Zurich, Switzerland

Glasgow Film Festival, ‘Visible Cinema’, Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art, Scotland
Centre pour L′Image Contemporaine, ’1,2,3… Avant-Gardes. Polish Film / Art between Experiment and Archive’, Geneva, Switzerland
The 4th International Video Art Biennial in Israel, ‘VideoZone – 4’, Tel Aviv, Israel

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