Wilhelm Sasnal, Mein Bauchnabel (My Belly), 2006, oil on canvas, 39 x 55".


Wilhelm Sasnal

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen - K20
Grabbeplatz 5
September 5, 2009–January 10, 2010

Curated by Julian Heynen

Perhaps the most internationally renowned artist to have emerged from post-Communist Poland, Wilhelm Sasnal shuttles restlessly among styles and between painting and film, driven by a skepticism toward master narratives and singular modes of representation that lends his work an implicitly critical politics. Focusing on the medium for which he is best known, this exhibition of eighty paintings from the past decade—the artist’s largest survey outside Poland to date—enables an unprecedented overview of their compelling formal variety. The fully illustrated catalogue features essays by Sasnal’s earliest apologists, who have been tasked with reevaluating their own initial assessments—a rare case of critical reflexivity, and perfectly in pitch with Sasnal’s own dynamic practice.