Adam Kalinowski

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Adam Kalinowski
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Born (1959-08-12)12 August 1959
Poznań, Poland
Nationality Polish
Education Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
Known for Public Art, Sculpture, Visual art, Environmental sculpture,
Notable work

Adam Kalinowski (born in Poznań, Poland in 1959) is a Polish visual artist, most notable for a number of outdoor art projects and as the author of various books. He considers the work of an artist as an inventor according to J.Cage rather than working in some particular art style. His works and projects from the early 90's and throughout the 2000s relating to some aspects of kinetic sculpture where an important issue was meditative factor of “being lifted in the middle of time and space for the viewer-participant”, as artist stated in his text from year 2000. During last decade and also currently his works and projects relates to Public Art, Earth art (Land Art), social sculpture defined by Joseph Beuys who was a member of Fluxus movement.[1] and to some issues of Environmental sculpture.


Kalinowski is the son of two Polish abstract painters Tadeusz Kalinowski (1909-1997) and Anna Cyronek-Kalinowska (1919-2008). In 1977-1981 he assisted in Akumulatory 2 Gallery in Poznań run by conceptual artist Jaroslaw Kozlowski. He studied Cultural Anthropology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, achieving an MA in 1986. MA at Ministry of Culture, Departament of Visual Arts, Warsaw in 1992. In 1998 he established Tadeusz Kalinowski Art Foundation (Fundacja Artystyczna im Tadeusza Kalinowskiego).[2]

He was a performer during FLUXUS FESTIVAL, Three Days of Fun and Fourth at the Flux Clinic,[3] that took place in Akumulatory 2 Gallery in 1977 and in other activities of the gallery like Fluxus performances of Eric Anderson in 1983 and in 1984 in Krzystofory Gallery in Kraków and others. His early works and activities were related to Fluxus. He created objects and text based works. In 1989 produced radio happening “Minute of Silence” in Wroclaw (Festival LiteraAkcje) and in 1992 in local radio Mercury in Poznań. He wrote extensive paper devoted to Fluxus attitude and practice partly published as FLUXUS MYTHOLOGY in OBIEG[4] in 1991.[5] In 2000 he took part in the documentary film which was a reconstruction of FLUXUS FESTIVAL, Three Days of Fun and Fourth at the Flux Clinic 1977, Akumulatory 2 Gallery titled: "FLUXUS; THE MEETING", produced by Grazyna Banaszkiewicz ("Spotkanie: FLUXUS" – o awangardowym ruchu artystycznym lat 60. i 70. w Europie) for Polish Public TV Warsaw, Poland.

He is a recipient of Krasner Pollock Foundation 2001, USA; Kosciuszko Foundation, 2002, USA, and Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2001, 2004, 2010, 2014. He has been awarded with prizes(Bronze Prize at The 10th International Design competition, Osaka 2001, Japan) and art residencies in US (VCCA, ART/OMI, SCULPTURE SPACE, I-PARK, DJERASSI FOUNDATION), Brazil, FAAP, UK, Art Gene, AIR, Austria. His works are in collections of Center of Polish Sculpture, in Orońsko, Poland, The Leon Wyczółkowski Muzeum, Bydgoszcz, Poland, Japan Design Foundation, Osaka, Japan, ELEKTROWNIA MCSW in Radom and in private collections.

Selected Individual Shows[edit]

1996 "Objects", Place for Art Gallery, Mosina, Poland.

1997 "In Stillness", Arsenal, Municipal Gallery, Poznań, Poland.[6]

2011 "Rock in Void", MuBE - Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, São Paulo

2011 "The Core", Museu da Imagen e do Som, São Paulo

2012 "XXXXXXXxxxxxxx", Arsenal Gallery, Poznań

2013 “THE PRACTICE OF FREEDOM I”, Mazowieckie Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej „Elektrownia” w Radomiu[7]

Selected Bibliography[edit]