Ryszard Waśko (1949)

Multimedia artist, curator, organizer of artistic activities. He is the author of films, videos, paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, objects and installations. In the years 1970-1974 he studied at the Cinematography Department at the National Film, Television and Theater School in Łódź, where he then worked until 1983. In 2004-2005 he lectured at the Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg. In 1990-1992 he was the program director of the P.S.1 Museum in New York (now P.S.1 Institute of Contemporary Art, branch of the Museum Of Modern Art). In the years 1997-1999 he chaired the Internationales Künstler Gremium based in Cologne.

In the 1970s, he was a member of the Film Form Workshop, an avant-garde collective of painters, filmmakers, critics, poets, philosophers and scientists dealing with experimental film and multimedia.

In 1981 in Łódź, he initiated and curated the first edition of the international project Construction in Process, which was continued in subsequent years in various parts of the world: in Munich (1985), Łódź (1990, 1993), on empty Negev in Israel (1995), in Melbourne (1998), in Bydgoszcz and on the Piast Trail (2000). In 1990, he co-founded the Artists’ Museum in Łódź, which developed an extensive structure of departments operating in various regions of the world. The museum has organized over 60 international events, exhibitions, meetings, panels, concerts, lectures and projects on contemporary culture. He was the initiator and co-creator of the international exhibition Łódź Biennale (2004).

From 1983 he lived in Berlin, where he received the DAAD scholarship, in 1989 he returned to Poland for a few years, since 1996 he has been living and working in Berlin.


Beauty of Ideas, Mazovian Centre of Contemporary Art Elektrownia in Radom


Ryszard Waśko. From A to B, Profile Foundation, Warsaw

Today is Yesterday, (z Natalią LL), Galerie aKonzept & Raphael Levy, Berlin


International Festival of Contemporary Music and Visual Arts „Mózg Festival”, Bydgoszcz


Do not say that you were born at the wrong time, Arton Foundation, Warsaw

I will bring you Flowers, akonzept Galerie, Berlin

Windows (with Trevor Morgan), Studio, Torstrasse 114, Berlin


Who’s Afraid Of Colour (Positive vs. Negative), ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin


Time Sculptures – Conceptual work from the 80s, ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin

Farewell to Arms (z Alejandro Vidalem), Neuer Kunstverein, Vienna 

Timeline, Sexauer Gallery, Berlin 


Time Frames – Conceptual work from the 70s., ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin

Rose Selavy, Vienna Art Week, The Breakfest Club, Vienna

Timeline, The Room/New Gallery, Musrara, Jerusalem


Genesis, TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, Szczecin

one-man-show, Zak/Branicka Gallery, Berlin


Do the Meditation Rock, Freies Muzeum, Berlin


One&One, Freies Muzeum, Berlin


Portret of a Family in Time, Cinema Museum, Łódź

Portret of a Family in Time, Miejski Ośrodek Sztuki, Gorzów Wielkopolski


Contemporary Portrait, Haus am Lutzowplatz, Berlin


Cut-up Portrait, Senatorska Gallery, Warsaw

Łódź- Berlin (retrospective), City Museum, Łódź


N.N. Portret współczesny, Galeria 86, Łódź

So What?, Lodz Art Center, Łódź


TV Stories, Lodz Art Center, Łódź

Malarstwo. Fijałkowski, Leder, Waśko, Galeria 86, Łódź; Galeria Signum, Poznań

I Am Telling You a Secret, Galeria Signum, Poznań


I Am Telling You a Secret, Galeria Wschodnia, Łódź

Nasty Bedtime Stories, Galeria Fizek, Poznań


New Paintings, Center for the Arts, New York

Nasty Bedtime Stories, Galeria 86, Łódź


Email Paintings, Center for the Arts [OFCA], New York


Mała retrospektywa, Galeria 86, Łódź

Obrazy intymne, East Gallery, Łódź

Breaking News, Herzliya Gallery, Herzliya, Israel   

Breaking News, East Gallery, Łódź


Recent Works, Many H Gallery, Tel Aviv

Film show, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA


Small Rose Garden, Muzeum Artystów, Łódź


Ryszard Waśko. Retrospektywa 1970 – 1990 (fotografia, film, video), FF Gallery, Łódź


Meal for the Rich & Poor, East Gallery, Łódź


Moje kwiaty są owocem [instalacja], East Gallery, Łódź

Ryszard Waśko, Galeria Labirynt 2, Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych, Lublin

New Works, Andre Joliet Galerie, Duisburg


Homage for the Street, Ruine der Künste, Berlin


Recent Works, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin


Recent Works, Brigitte March Gallery, Stuttgart

Recent Works, Kunstverein, Kassel

Recent Works, Hoffman Gallery, Friedberg next to Frankfurt


Films by Waśko, pokazy m.in.: Slade School of Art, St. Martin’s School of Art, Wimbledon, School of Printing,Camberwell Collage of Arts, London


Retrospective, Museum Folkwang, Essen

Hypothetical Works, ‘m’ Galerie, Bochum


Ryszard Waśko, Galeria Ślad, Łódź

Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Enschede

Hypothetical Photography, Trace Gallery, Łódź


Weariness of my Leg, ‘m’ Galerie, Bochum


Ryszard Waśko, Galeria Remont, Warsaw


Film Show, Cinematheque Royal de Belgique, Brussels


Ryszard Waśko, Fotografia, Łódź Film School


DEDICATIONS, Profile Foundation, Warsaw


ALPHABET, Profile Foundation, Warsaw

On Paper, Profile Foundation, Warsaw

Sculpture in Search of a Place, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

The Artist Is Present, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Krakow

Andrzej Paruzel, Ryszard Waśko – Fish and Cows. Become Friends With Nature, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biała


Construction in Process. 1981-2000, Profile Foundation, Warsaw

Searching for the Shapes Within, Persons Projects, Berlin

The Penumbral Age. Art in the Time of Planetary Change, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Displaced, Synagoge, Rome

From an imaginery Collector, akonzept Gallery, Berlin


Zoom to the 1970s, The National Museum in Gdańsk / Gdańsk Photography Gallery, Gdańsk

Ślad, Art Factory, Łódź

Wszyscy spotkamy się w tym samym miejscu, BWA Wrocław Główny

There Where You Are Not, TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, Szczecin

Performative Activities of the Creators of Polish Neo-Avant-Garde, Recordings, Profile Foundation, Warsaw

Help Nature/Heal the Earth, The Lofts of Beacon, New York


Eksperyment! Fotografia początku XX wieku we Lwowie oraz jej polscy i ukraińscy kontynuatorzy XX i XXI wieku, Galeria FF, Galeria Imaginarium, Galeria Nowa, ŁDK, Łódź

Order and Chaos, Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznań

Excersises in Freedom, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden


Proximity of the Straight Line. Performativity of the Avant-garde, Polnisches Institut Berlin, Berlin

Kino-Eye. Around Vertov and Constructivism, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok

We All Love Art, Schlachthause GalerieBerlin


Warsztat Formy Filmowej, Atlas Sztuki, Łódź


27th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2016, Brno

Generationsübergreifend – Polish Art in Marl, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl

Wobec awangardy XX wieku, Atlas Sztuki, Łódź

Who Isn’t Afraid of the Avant-garde!, Profile Foundation, Warsaw

Moving Tales, La Gaia Collection, Cuneo


Emmett Williams and his Adventures in Poland, Museum FLUXUS+, Potsdam

Art for All, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Aleja Solidarności, Flat Time House, London


Crime in Art, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow

Decade of Revolt, Kulturhuset, Stockholm

The Party, TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, Szczecin

Cosmos Calling! Art and Science in the Long Sixties, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw


For Encouragement to Museum. The Collection of the Lodz Association of Encouragement of Fine Arts, Museum of Art in Łódź


Inseldasein, DAAD Gallery, Berlin


Anonymous, Perm Museum, Perm

Accidentaly on Purpose, QUAD Gallery, Derby


Tür an Tür. 1000 Jahre Kunst&Geschichte Deutschland/Polen, Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Construction in Process 1981 – A Community That Came?, Museum of Art in Łódź

Ostalgia, New Museum, New York

Polska fotografia konceptualna, Freies Museum, Berlin


Latent Capital. 20th century Photography from Cezary Pieczyński’s Collection, Museum of King John III’s Palace at Wilanów, Warsaw


See This Sound, Lentos Museum of Art, Linz

Group Show, Ivo Kamm Gallery, Zürich

Eye World, Triple Candie Gallery, New York

Passing Through, Kunstpunkt Gallery, Berlin

Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris

Painting in Photography, Givatayim Theatre, Tel Aviv

Pokaz filmów o konstruktywizmie w sztuce, kino Helikon, wydarzenie towarzyszące wystawie Lost in colour. Dialog 1 – wystawa prac Nicholasa Bodde i Jarosława Flicińskiego in Gdansk City Gallery


Multikino, Tranzitdisplay, Prague

Time is always now, Gallery “m”, Bochum

1,2,3…Avant-Gardes, Tate Modern, London

Yes ,No? Other options, Art Sheffield 08, Sheffield


The Optical Edge, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York

Tents, Synagogue (the New Ghetto), Venice

Dowcip I władza sądzenia (Asteizm w Polsce), Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw


Image/Text, Tate Modern, London

Analogue: Pioneering Artists ‘Video from Poland’, Tate Modern, London

Śniadanie w Muzeum. Kolekcja Łódzkiego Towarzystwa Zachęty Sztuk Pięknych, Museum of Art in Łódź


Open Systems, Tate Modern, London


I Łódź Biennale (wystawa Palimpsest muzeum), Museum of the History of the City of Łódź

The Workshop of Film Form, Electronic Arts Intermix, New York


A History of Polish Avantgarde Film, Museum of Modern Art, New York


Klasycy I Perły, CINEDOC, Paris

Kamienie dla pokoju, Museum of Art in Łódź


Markers Projects, Art Biennale, Venice


From Here to There, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart

Żywa Galeria, Galeria R, Poznań

Warsztat Formy Filmowej (1979 – 1977), Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

Construction in Process VII, The District Museum in Bydgoszcz 

Polish Film School, Museum of Modern Art, New York


Oreste Project, Italian Pavilion, Art Biennale, Venice

1st International Installation Triennale Haifa, Museum of Art, Haifa


Personal Touch, Art in General Gallery, New York                     

The Bridge, Construction in Process VI, Melbourne

Oikos, Muzeum Okręgowe, Bydgoszcz

Hansa-Art Special, a Gimnasium, Cologne

Shattered Lattitude, Lombard Fried Gallery, New York


Another Language, Museum of Art, Haifa

Żywa Galeria, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw


Art- Special Hansa, Cologne

Shattered Latitudes, Lombard-Freid Gallery, New York


Under One Roof, Podewil, Berlin

Construction in Process V, Co-existence, Negev Desert, Israel

Footprint, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin


Central Europe: Art from the 60s, Schüppenhauer Gallery, Cologne

Museum of Contemporary Art [international congress),  Kunsthalle der Bundesrepublik, Bonn

Milk, Volkskundemuseum, Munich

Medium Bild, Gallery T&A, Berlin


In-between Project, Turkish Pavilion, Art Biennale, Venice

Construction in Process, IV,: My Home is Your Home, Łódź


Farbe Gold, Künstlerhaus, Berlin

37 Rooms, Kunstwerke, Berlin


Construction in Process III: Back in Łódź, Łódź


Niemandsland, Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen

Balkon mit Fächer, Academy of Arts, Berlin

DuMont, Kunsthalle, Cologne

Berlin’s Art Scene, Berlinische Gallery, Berlin


Berlin, Kulturstadt Europas (project by Berlin’s Senat), West Berlin


Zeitberliner, Stadtliche, Stuttgart

Homage to Joseph Beuys, Klaus Staeck Gallery, Heidelberg


Idee, Raum, Konstruktion, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld

After Malevich Square, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshaven


European Film Avant-garde 1960–1980, American Federation of Arts (tour-show),

Biennale des Friedens, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Construction in Process II: Process und Konstruktion, Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich

Konkret Vier, Kunsthaus Nurnberg , Nuremberg


Praesence Polonaise, Centre Pompidou, Paris


Sol LeWitt’s Choice, Cenobio Visualitŕ Gallery, Milano


Konstrukcja w procesie, Łódź


Pier + Ocean: Art of the 70s, Hayward Gallery, Londyn: Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterllo

Biennale de Paris, Paris

Sydney Biennale, Sydney              


Rysunek I fotografia, Museum of Art in Łódź

Works & Words, DeAppel Gallery and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Polish Photography, International Center of Photography, New York

Film as Film, Hayward Gallery, London

3rd International Festival of Indepdendent Avant-garde Film, National Theatre, London


22 Polish Artists, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne


Encounter on Video, Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas

Film als Film, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

Foto-Medium-Art, Galeria Foto Medium Art, Wrocław

Art as a Contextual Art, St. Petri Gallery, Lund


Mechaniczne Środki Przekazu, Galeria Ślad, Łódź

Experimenta, Ferro Gallery, Napoli


Workshop, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Museum Folkwang, Essen:Art Center, Oslo


Musee du Cinema, Brussels


XII Sao Paulo Art Biennal, Sao Paulo

Biennale of Spatial Forms, Galeria EL, Elbląg

Akcja Warsztat, Museum of Art in Łódź


Contemporary Polish Art., Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh