Zbigniew Warpechowski

Born in 1938.

A precursor of performance art in Poland and one of the first artists in the world to work in this vein. Also a creator of paintings, poetry, art theory, philosophy and film sets. From 1985, he is a member of the second Kraków Group and the international group Black Market (from 1986). He is an author of books: Podręcznik (1990), Zasobnik (1998), Podnośnik (2001), Statecznik (2004), Podręcznik bis (2006), Konserwatyzm awangardowy (2014). He made his debut in Kraków with the poetic-musical action Improvisation (1967) involving the participation of Tomasz Stańko. Amongst his most famous actions can be counted Dialog z rybą/Dialogue with a Fish (1974), Dialog ze śmiercią/Dialogue with Death (1976) and Champion of Golgotha (1978).

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Artist's works in the Zachęta collection

  • Zdjęcie pracy Performance of Care. Performance of Commitment?
    Performance of Care. Performance of Commitment?Zbigniew Warpechowski1994
  • Zdjęcie pracy The Dialogue with a Fish
    The Dialogue with a FishZbigniew Warpechowski1973
  • Zdjęcie pracy Dishing
    DishingZbigniew Warpechowski1971
Exhibitions
  • Grafika do wystawy A Ceremonious Performance by Zbigniew Warpechowski
    09.03.2017 (Thu)
    A Ceremonious Performance by Zbigniew Warpechowski
    to celebrate 50 years of the Artist’s performance art (1967–2017)

    Thursday 9 March 2017 at 7 p.m.

    Zachęta / Mały Salon (entrance through the main hall)Mały Salon
  • Grafika do wystawy Zbigniew Warpechowski
    20.09 – 11.11.2014
    Zbigniew Warpechowski
    It

    The exhibition in Zachęta is the first such extensive presentation of the work of Zbigniew Warpechowski – a precursor of performance art in Poland and one of the first in the world to work in this genre – presenting documentation of several dozen of the actions realized by the artist over the course of the last 50 years.

    Zachęta – National Gallery of ArtZachęta
  • Grafika do wystawy Performer
    14.02 – 22.03.2009
    Performer

    The exhibition grows out of the need to reconsider Jerzy Grotowski’s work as a phenomenon essential, not only in the perspective of the development of the theatre, but also in the wider context of the cultural changes of the second half of the 20th century to which the visual arts, theatre and literature all testify.

    Elements from Grotowski’s work will be shown through the prism of the visual arts: film documentation of rehearsals, performances, actor exercises and interviews with the director will be placed alongside works by artists who are linked to him by a common inspiration or similar approaches to art, the body and spirituality.

    Zachęta National Gallery of ArtZachęta