Announcing Representation | Paweł Althamer

Anton Kern Gallery is proud to announce the representation of Polish sculptor and performance artist Paweł Althamer (b. 1967, lives and works in Warsaw), in partnership with Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, and neugerriemschneider, Berlin. This fall, we will present the artist's first solo gallery exhibition in the US. 

Althamer studied under the renowned sculptor Grzegorz Kowalski at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. Since graduating in 1993, Althamer has established a unique artistic practice featuring an expanded approach to sculptural representation and consistently experimental models of collaboration. He is widely known for the life-size and often haunting figurative sculptures he creates of himself, his family, and various individuals within his community. Beyond straightforward portraiture, these sculptures highlight the complex social, political, and psychological networks in which the artist lives. Althamer’s groundbreaking collaborative projects call for community engagement and social transformation, as most famously evident in the Nowolipie Group, a weekly sculpture workshop he has led since 1994 for people with multiple sclerosis.

Throughout his career he has pursued the transformative potential of art, helping audiences reflect on their own inspiration and discover new interpretations of everyday life. Althamer’s sculptures frequently contain materials that are familiar yet disturbing – such as animal intestines, hay, leather, human hair, and resin – prompting viewers to reassess their own role in the origination of the creative process. 

Paweł Althamer’s work has been exhibited worldwide in solo shows at institutions such as Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany (2022); Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria (2020); HAM Helsinki, Finland (2019); Münsterplatz, Zurich, Switzerland (2018); New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Hydra, Greece (both 2014); Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany; MUSEION, Bolzano, Italy (both 2012); Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany (2011); Secession, Vienna, Austria (2009); Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan, Italy (2007); Musée National d´Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2006); Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2005); Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands (2004); The Wrong Gallery, New York, NY (2003); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2001); and Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (1997).

Althamer has participated in major international exhibitions including the Helsinki Biennale, Helsinki, Finland (2021); JIWA Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia (2017); Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India (2016); Performa 13, New York, NY; 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (both 2013); 7th Berlin Biennale, Forget Fear, Berlin, Germany(2012); the 8th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Les Promesses du passé, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (both 2010); The Fifth Floor: Ideas Taking Spaces, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK; After Nature, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, NY (both 2008); Skulptur Projekte Münster, Münster, Germany (2007); Dreams and Conflicts – The Viewer’s Dictatorship, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2003); Manifesta 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2000); and documenta X, Kassel, Germany (1997).

Althamer is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Vincent Van Gogh Bi-Annual Award for Contemporary Art in Europe (2004); the Kunstpreis Aachen (2010); and most recently the Lovis-Corinth-Prize (2022). 

His work is included in the collections of Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Musée National d´Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. France; FRAC Normandie Rouen, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France; Tate (London, Liverpool, St Ives); Museion, Bolzano, Itay; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Krakow, Poland; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland; Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland; Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland; National Museum, Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland; MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, among others.
Photographer: Uwe Moosburger
July 11, 2022
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