5-28 September 2014
Vernissage: 4 Sepember at 6.30 pm
Curator: Małgorzata Kaźmierczak

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 The exhibition Faux painting. Performer's Objects features a series of painting objects created in the 1990s, which has so far been shown mainly in solo exhibitions in the United States and collective presentations including the Grand Palais in Paris and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art (exhibition "We are"). This is the first solo exhibition of Peter (Peter) Grzybowski in Poland featuring this series, which was sent from New York after the artist's death. The series is made up of a number of painting objects - imitation materials, mainly wood and stone created in the 90s.


Peter Grzybowski, „Pine / Sosna”, 1992, oil on canvas, 178 x 127 cm


Peter Grzybowski, „Patina 2 / Patyna 2”, 1996, Oil and gold leaf on canvas, 180 x 127 cm



Peter Grzybowski, „Cedar / Cedr”, 1993, oil on canvas, 198 x 137 cm


The exhibition also features a selection of videos showing the artist's performances between 2000 and 2013, including international shows and festivals in the USA (New York), China (Beijing) and Chile, as well as the International Festival of Performance "Castle of Imagination" and the International Festival of Arts "Interaction "in Poland (Piotrkow Trybunalski).


Peter Grzybowski, „August Performance” , Howl! Festival, FusionArts Museum, New York, 2005



Peter Grzybowski, „Berlin 2002”, performance, 8th International Congress for Performance Art, Berlin, Germany, 2002

The title of the exhibition Faux painting. Performer's Objects is derived from the text accompanying the exhibition in Bielsko-Biała by Wladysław Kaźmierczak - an artist and performer, curator of performance festivals - about Peter Grzybowski who died last year in New York. The material delves into the performer's way of thiniking and the pedigree of his painting during the New York period. Peter Grzybowski's paintings are nuch more than mere canvases - they become the "performer's objects", something that is inextricably linked with the artist's philosophy of creation, and not just practicing the art of faux painting for the sake of earning money. The text will be published in its entirety in the portal "Obieg" at the end of August, just before the opening of the exhibition. 

"The exhibition in Galeria Bielska BWA is Poland's first such large presentation of paintings created by Peter Grzybowski in the 1990s. The shipment of these large canvases from New York became possible only after the artist's death - but the task required enormous financial and logistical effort, and the paintings together with the New York studio were almost lost forever. These are very original works - turning the hitherto anonymous decorative techniques into art. For me this is a very important exhibition, allowing me to believe in the words written on the grave of Duchamp's: "D'ailleurs, c'est toujours les autres qui Meurent" and thus deal with personal tragedy", says Małgorzata Kaźmierczak, curator of the exhibition. 

Peter (Peter) Grzybowski (born. June 16, 1954 in Kraków, d. Aug. 29, 2013 in New York) - multi-media artist, performer and painter. Degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków in 1982. In the early 1980s he began his first experiments with the art of performance - both individually and with groups of AWACS and KONGER - which he continued after moving to New York in 1985. The first paintings created by Grzybowski in the 1980s constituted a photorealistic reconstruction of performances in the form of paintings on canvas. In his performances he used multimedia, the surrounding reality and deconstruction techniques. He commented on and criticized the world we live in, with its ongoing changes - for which he often resorted to destruction of objects. In recent years, the artist created multimedia performances and installations, for which he used computers, digital video, sound, light, UV and interactive CDs.

The artist participated in numerous international festivals and performances; he was a member of the Art Fort Association and IAPAO, organizer and curator of meetings and performance festivals, such as "Kesher" in the United States and Poland. 


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