Krzysztof M. Bednarski
Sculptor, born in 1953 in Cracow. He graduated the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1973-1978, studio of professor Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz and professor Oskar Hansen). He practices various disciplines, he was once closely associated with the theatre of Jerzy Grotowski, for whom he designed posters in the years 1976-1981. Since 1986, he lives in Rome, nonetheless he is intensely present also on the Polish art scene. In early works, he refers to Communist propaganda (Total Portrait of Karl Marx, 1978) and the socio-political situation of Poland under martial law (Victoria-Victoria, 1983, currently at the National Museum in Cracow). The most well-known of his works is the sculptural installation Moby Dick, 1987 (currently in the ms2 collection, Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz) - a peculiar icon of sculptural art in the last two decades of the 20th century in Poland. He is the author of the tombstone of Krzysztof Kieślowski (Warsaw, 1997), the monument “Incontro con Federico Fellini” (Rimini, 1994), the monument dedicated to Fryderyk Chopin “La note bleue” (Vienna, 2010). Participant of several hundred collective exhibitions. Winner of the Katarzyna Kobro Prize, 2004 and Złota Sowa Polonii, Vienna 2012. Awarded with the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Merit to Culture, 2011.
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