Piotr Uklanski (Polish, b.1968) studied painting, in Warsaw at the Academy of Fine Arts, and photography, in New York at the Cooper Union School for Advancement of Science and Art. Uklanski lives in both New York and Warsaw, and has created a body of work that uses many types of media, including sculpture, photography, collage, film, and performance. His work has been exhibited in New York at the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, and Ludwig Museum in Cologne. He emerged on the art scene in New York in the mid-1990s with the work Untitled (Dance Floor), a sculpture that fuses Minimalism with the blurring of entertainment and art that characterizes much of the current era.

Uklanski never backs away from creating his vision, even if it is controversial. A series of photographs, Untitled (The Nazis), resulted in protests when shown at The Photographers Gallery in London in 1998. This work was destroyed by a Polish actor in Warsaw as a publicity stunt in 2000. Uklanski’s first feature film was released in 2006. The film, entitled Summer Love: The First Polish Western, was written and directed by Uklanski and featured Polish actors Katarzyna Figura and Boguslaw Linda. The cast also included American actor Val Kilmer. The film was an official selection to the Venice Film Festival in 2006 and was nominated for the Gucci Group Award in 2007. In America, the film was screened in New York at the Whitney Museum of American Art and received a theatrical release in 2008. In addition to this feature, Uklanski has directed music videos and had solo exhibitions of his other art.

Uklanski has created other well-known works, such as the series Joy of Photography. This series was made to present the beauty of nature. His 2005 portrait of John Paul II, shown with hundreds of shipyard workers, was turned into a shrine when the Pope died the same year. The artist now travels between the United States and Poland to continue his film and photography work.

Timeline

1968
Born in Warsaw, Poland
Lives and works in New York, USA and Paris, France

Exhibitions

2011
"Piotr Uklanski: Discharge," Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2010
"Meet Me Inside," Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
2009
"Mapping the Studio," Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
2009
"Piotr Uklanski: Brut," Gagosian Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2008
"Retrospective," Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2008
Berlin Biennale 5, 2008
2008
BIA£O-CZERWONA, Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2007
Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy, 2007 (solo)
2007
A Retrospective, Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria, 2007 (solo)
2007
Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan (solo)
2007
Outdoor commission in Villa Manin Centro d'Arte Contemporanea, Passarino, Italy (solo)
2007
Summer Love, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (solo)
2007
Joy of Photography, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg (solo)
2007
"The Shapes of Space", Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
2007
"The Hamsterwheel", Tesa della Nuovissima, Arsenale di Venezia - Festival Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse
2006
"The François Pinault Collection. A Post-Pop selection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
2006
"Where are we going?", Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
2006
"Infinite Painting," Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Codroipo, Italy
2005
"Poles Apart: Contemporary Polish Art", Rubell Collection, Miami, USA
2005
"Expérience de la durée", Lyon 8th Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France*
2005
"Superstars – The Principle of Renown", Kunstahlle Wien, Austria*
2005
"Just do it!", Lentos kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria
2005
"Universal Experience: Art, Life and Tourist’s Eye", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA*
2005
"Coolhunters", Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
2005
"Tristes Tropiques", Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, USA (solo)
2005
Mosaïc at Museo de Acude, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)
2005
"Polonia", Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris (solo)
2004
"Earth, Wind and Fire", Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland* (solo)
2004
"Zimna Wojna", Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy (solo)
2004
"La Flamme Eternelle", La Nuit Blanche, Place du Trocadéro, Paris, France
2004
“Image Smugglers", 26th Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil*
2004
"Continental Breakfast", 45th International October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
2004
"Art After Image", Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany*
2004
"Czarny Kwadrat", Bialystok, Poland
2003
"New Paintings", Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, USA (solo)
2003
"The Moderns", Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy*
2003
"Dreams and Conflicts, the Dictatorship of the Viewer, 50th International Art Exhibition", Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy*
2003
"Hidden in a Daylight", Hotel Pod Brunatnym Jeleniem, Cieszyn, Poland
2002
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France (solo)
2002
Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy (solo)
2002
"Art after Art", Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany*
2002
"Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery / Recent Art", The Jewish Museum, New York, USA*
2002
"My Head is on Fire but my Heart is Full of Love", Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
2002
"Big Brown Bag", Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, USA
2001
"Sneak Preview", Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2001
"The Deep", Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, USA (solo)
2001
"Arte Contemporaneo Internacional", Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
2001
"Casino 2001", S.M.A.K. Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Gent, Belgium*
2001
"The Americans: New Art", Barbican Gallery, London*
2001
"Let’s Entertain", Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA
2001
"Minimal Maximal", The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
2001
"The Love of Look", Kerstin Engholm Gallery, Wien, Austria
2001
"Uniform. Order and Disorder", Stazione Leopolda, Pitti Immagine, Florence, Italy
2001
Tirana Biennial 1, National Gallery and Chinese Pavillon, Tirana, Albania*
2000
"A Norwegian Photograph", Fotogaleriet, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2000
"Nazisci", Galeria Zacheta, Warsaw, Poland (solo)
2000
"The Nazis", Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2000
"Project 72", Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (solo)
2000
A dance floor at Passerby, New York (solo)
2000
"Au-Dela du Spectacle", Centre Pompidou, Paris, France*
2000
"Age of Influence: Reflections in the Mirror of American Culture", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
2000
"Let's Entertain", Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA*
2000
"Greater New York", PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA*
1999
"Peace", Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Germany*
1999
"Two Doors-True Value", Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Germany
1999
A mosaic at DH "Smyk", Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (solo)
1998
"The Nazis", Photographers Gallery, London, United Kingdom (solo)
1998
"Some of More Joy of Photography", Sabine Knust Galerie, Munich, Germany (solo)
1998
"More Joy of Photography", Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, USA (solo)
1998
"I Love NY", Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany*
1998
"Minimal-Maximal', Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany*
1998
"Manifesta II", Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contamporain, Luxembourg*
1998
"Lovecraft", Spacex Gallery, Essex, USA
1998
"Superfreaks", Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, USA
1997
"Assuming Positions", A dance floor at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, United Kingdom
1997
"Waves in, Particles out", A dance floor at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland
1997
"Joy of Photography", Voges & Desein Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
1996
A dance floor at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, USA (solo)
1996
"Departure Lounge", Clocktower Gallery of PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA
1995
"Just do it", Cubitt Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Public Collections

Punta della Dogana - Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Tate Britain, London, UK
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
MOMA - Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Niepołomicach, Niepolomice, Poland