Some recent solo exhibitions
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne 2008, 'Attention à la peinture'
Sammlung Goetz, Munich 2007, 'Noël sur le balcon/hold the color' (with Lucy McKenzie)
Cabinet Gallery, London 2006, 'Hello to You Too'
Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam 2004, 'XZ'
Some recent group exhibitions
Chelsea Art Museum, New York 2009, 'modern modern'
Centre Pompidou, Paris 2007, 'Le nuage magellan/The magellanic cloud'
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 2004, 'Who if not we...? Time and Again, episode 2'
La Biennale di Venezia, Venice 2003, 'Clandestine'
Hans Werner Holzwarth, Art now, vol 3: a cutting-edge selection of today's most exiting artists, Cologne: Taschen 2008
Adam Szymczyk, Elena Filipovic (ed.), When things cast no shadow: 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Zurich: JRP/Ringier / Berlin: KW - Institute for Contemporary Art 2008
Maria Hlavajova, Jill Winder (ed.), Who if not we should at least try to imagine the future of all this?, Amsterdam: Artimo Foundation 2004
Selected public and corporate collections
Kunstcollectie Stichting Océ Kunstbezit, NL • Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH • Sammlung Boros, Berlin, DE • Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, DE
Paulina Olowska's oeuvre, which includes drawing, collage, painting, installation and performance, is anchored in the cultural history of modern art and can best be described as an examination of utopian worlds – of utopias of the West and the East, advertising, films and the role of the sexes. Amongst other things, Olowska focuses on 1960s propaganda material as well as on female protagonists and their representation, such as the British pop artist Pauline Boty (1938-1966) in the oil collages in her exhibition 'Hello to You Too' (2006), or the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973). The exhibition 'Attention à la peinture' (2008) referred to a collection of the same name by Schiaparelli and featured items of clothing made of painted canvas and placed on plinths, while the rest of the cut-up pictures were displayed on the wall. Olowska not only refers to other artists; direct collaboration with colleagues such as the Scottish painter Lucy McKenzie is also an important aspect of her practice.
Paulina Olowska was resident artist at the Rijksakademie in 2001-2002.
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