Paulina Olowska

1976 Gdansk, PL – Mszana Dolna, PL 

Paulina Olowska studied at the School of the Art institute of Chicago and the Academy of Fine Arts, Gdansk. She has held scholarships and residencies in The Hague, Lisbon, Japan, the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, and at CCA Wattis, San Francisco. Paulina Olowska aspires to imbue reality with aspects of fantasy. She began as a painter, making nostalgic images of packaging and commercial graphics from late communist-era Poland that emulated Western styles. Her works include paintings, drawings, collages, performances, installations and videos. In her works she refers to the art and design history, as well as architecture, interior designs, traditional Polish crafts , puppetry , functional scenes , fashion and advertising. She created portraits of famous womens from art and literature as Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Charlotte Perriand, Nina Hamnett and Peggy Moffitt. In 2014 she received the Aachen Ludwig Forum Art Price, Germany, which was followed by a solo exhibition at the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany.

Selected solo exhibitions

  • Montana Ensemble, 8 Rue Saint-Bon, Paris, FR, 2015
  • The Mother An Unsavoury Play in Two Acts and an Epilogue, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2015
  • Needle/Nadle, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, DE, 2015
  • The Spell of Warsaw, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL, 2014
  • Au Bonheur des Dames, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL, 2013

Selected group exhibition

  • Random Sampling – Paintings from Sammlung Goetz, Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE, 2015
  • Off Broadway, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA, US, 2015
  • Modest Muses, The Tatra Museum, Zakopane, PL, 2014.
  • As You Can See: Polish Art Today, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL, 2014
  • Fragile Sense of Hope, me Collectors Room/Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin, DE, 2014
  • Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of language, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, US, 2012