Roman Stańczak, Couch, 2015.

Roman Stańczak to Represent Poland in 2019 Venice Biennale

The 2019 Venice Biennale’s Polish pavilion—commissioned by Hanna Wróblewska, director of Warsaw’s Zachęta National Gallery of Art, and curated by Łukasz Mojsak and Łukasz Ronduda—will show a new work by artist Roman Stańczak. The Polish artist will exhibit a sculpture made out of an old airplane, called Flight. Stańczak’s work often includes brutally modified or destroyed furniture that has been turned inside out, sawed open, or skinned.

“I don’t believe in rare phenomena, in people experiencing odd, unusual states, that others are not given to feel,” he said in a 1994 interview. “I chose the medium of everyday objects, present in many homes.”  

Stańczak was born in 1969 in Warsaw, where he lives and works, and studied sculpture at the city’s Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, London; Bureau, New York; Galeria Stereo, Warsaw; and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; among other institutions. The Venice Biennale opens on May 11 and will run through November 24.