Filip Rybkowski



Filip Rybkowski’s (b. 1991, Poland) practice is based on painting, installation, video and photography. His works transcend the traditional boundaries of painting, entering the field of mosaic, objet trouvé and installation. Rybkowski combines the poetics of the fragment, juxtaposing original artefacts with reconstructions and images. He is interested in the problematic status of “authenticity” and the processes of a historical construction of memory. In his most recent projects, his basic tool is the critical act of reconstruction combined with reflection on the political nature of the gesture of restoration, preservation and conservation.


“Having a set of visualities at one’s disposal, and for concrete purposes – this might be the descriptive definition of a pictorial propaganda, which has many times assisted in the colonial appropriation of the concrete areas.
Pictorial artefacts, as well as those entirely tangible ones, are substrates that find their application in the context of historical politics, specific ideologies designed to confirm the circulating versions of memory, thus indicating what the present condition should be. 

Locating the discourse close to the body, if bone transforms into chalk, it can well transform into a titanium, which will restore the displaced elements to their correct positions. However, as it happens, repair can be close to tearing apart, for in order for something to be repaired it must be broken in the first place. From this point of view, assembling into a whole, especially while done with the hands of state or nation, can be extremely ambiguous and dangerously close to the breaking of one’s moral spine. This premonition, that not only the disassembly but also reconstruction used in the correction of the social body can be violent, gives proper value to artist’s aesthetic explorations.” *

*With Displacement / Exhibition of Not Only Domestic Antiquities
Szymon Maliborski, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw


artist’s page

Showtime Liste Art Fair Basel

Interview with Filip Rybkowski in Hygge Issue “Artistic activity is for me a way to understand the world”



Upcoming: solo exhibition, TRAFO, Center for Contemporary Art, Szczecin


TIME-DIP, group exhibition, Berlinskej Model Gallery, Prague


And in the Wildredness, group exhibition at BWA Warszawa and Krupa Art Foundation, Warsaw and Wroclaw
Pompeii Lovers, group exhibition at Pola Magnetyczne, Warsaw, PL Second skin, group exhibition at KODE Art Museum, Bergen
pre-auction exhibition The Refugees Welcome charity auction at Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
CLOUDS, group exhibition at NewNow at AtelierFrankfurt, Frankfurt
My Body Is Your Body, group exhibition at BRAUNSFELDER, Cologne
LISTE Art Fair Basel 2023, presentation at fair, wanda gallery, Warsaw
Warsaw Spring, presentation at fair, wanda gallery, Warsaw
Aurora temporis novum, group exhibition at BWA Tarnów
Echo, group exhibition at BWA Tarnów
Out of space vol.2, group exhibition at Piana Gallery, Krakow

The Discomfort of Evening, group exhibition at Zachęta National Art Gallery, Warsaw
Bufer Zones, individual exhibition at Piana Gallery, Krakow

Balm. Entire Paris in a blue haze, like in spirit, duo exhibition at Krupa Gallery, Wroclaw
Innocent Eyes, Week Arm, duo exhibition at Sopa Gallery, Košice Balm

Dry Crust and Oceans of Liquid Matter, group exhibition at Horse & Pony, Berlin
Mirage Travel, duo exhibition at Wozownia Art Gallery, Torun
Primal Fantasies, duo exhibition at BWA Katowice

Domestic Animal, group exhibition at Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Krakow
Scattered Rhymes, group exhibition at XY Gallery, Olomouc
24H, Krakauer House, Nurnberg
Déjà vu, duo exhibition at Hanryk Gallery, Krakow

What About This Abstraction, group exhibition at Stefan Gierowski Foundation, Warsaw