Krzysztof M. Bednarski
Sculptor, born in 1953 in Kraków. MFA Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1973-1978, classes of Professors Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz and Oskar Hansen). In the academic year 1996/1997 he joined the Academy’s faculty substituting for Professor Grzegorz Kowalski. Bednarski is a versatile artists. He closely collaborated with Jerzy Grotowski’s world-famous Laboratory Theatre for which he also designed posters (1976 -1981). He has lived in Rome since 1987 but has remained very active on the Polish art scene.
Bednarski’s early work commented on Communist propaganda (Total Portrait of Karl Marx,1978) and the situation in Poland under marshal law (Victoria, Victoria, 1983, National Museum in Kraków). His best known work is the sculptural installation called Moby Dick, 1987 (Art Museum in Łódź):the piece has become an icon of the Polish sculpture of the last two decades of the 20th century. He occasionally ventures into monumental sculpture, like the funerary monument to Krzysztof Kieślowski (Warsa,1997), Incontro con Federico Fellini (Rimini,1994), La note bleue (monument to Frederic Chopin, Vienna, 2010).
His works have been featured at over one hundred individual exhibitions, recently at I coraz więcej bieli, Galeria Foksal, Warsaw (2012); Prace z lat 1978-2008,National Museum in Wroclaw; Thanatos Polacco. Omaggio a Jerzy Grotowski, Muzeo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea MLAC, Rome (2009); Ku górze – homage a Jerzy Grotowski, Atlas Sztuki, Atlas Sztuki, Łódź (2009); Portret totalny Karola Marksa (1977-2009), Muzeum Górnośląskie, Bytom; Moby Dick – Anima Mundi, National Museum in Szczecin (2008); The Shadow Line/ Brzeg cienia, Galeria Foksal, Warsaw (2007), and over five hundred group exhibitions. Krzysztof M. Bednarski’s works are in major museum collections in Poland : National Museums in Kraków, Poznań, Szczecin, Warsaw and Wrocław; Art Museum in Łódź. Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Zachęta National Gallery in Warsaw, Centre for Polish Sculpture at Orońsko , Leon Wyczółkowski Museum in Bydgoszcz, Zachęta Fine Arts Society in Katowice, Lublin, Łódź and Wrocław, Galeria Foksal in Warsaw, Poster Museum in Wilanów; and abroad: Collezione Giorgio Franchetti in Rome, Fondazione Federico Fellini in Rimini, Fondazione Morra in Naples, Fondazione Orestiadi in Sicily, Fondazione Mario Schifano in Rome, Targetti Light Art Collection in Florence, Art Museum in Raum, Finland, and in many private collections all over the world. He received several grants from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and an Italian government grant in 1988/1989. He was honoured with the Katarzyna Kobro Award, Łódź 2004, Polonia’s Golden Owl, Vienna 2012, and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal of Merit in 2011.