Paulina Olowska

Born 1976, Gdańsk, Poland | Lives and works in Mszana Dolna, Poland

Paulina Olowska, installation view of Puppetry in America Is Truly a Lonely Craft, 2013, installation including performance, collage, built structures, and puppets from the collection of Tom Sarver; Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. Commissioned by Carnegie Museum of Art for the 2013 Carnegie International © Carnegie Museum of Art


Paulina Olowska's work often focuses on forgotten figures, minor histories, and popular aesthetics—particularly of Soviet-era Poland—quoting period fashion photography, agitprop posters, record covers, graffiti, periodicals, and signage. She attended the school of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Akademia Sztuk Pięknych in Gdańsk, Poland. Her solo projects have recently shown at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2011) and Tramway (Glasgow, 2010), and she was featured in the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008), the 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005), and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). Her work is the subject of a 2013 monographic book published by JRP|RINGIER in collaboration with Kunsthalle Basel.

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More about the artist

Paulina Olowska (Ewa Gorządek,, 2013)

Jerzy Kolecki Posters from The Puppet Theatre in Rabka (Daniel Baumann, 2013 Carnegie International Blog, Dec. 11, 2011)

Paulina Olowska: Metro Pictures (Lauren O'Neill-Butler, ArtForum, XLIX, No. 5, January 2011)

Paulina Olowska (Goska Charylo translated by Krzysztof Kosciuczuk, Frieze, Issue 103, Nov.Dec., 2006)

Paulina Olowska (This Long Century)