28/03/2019 08/09/2019

Internationally acclaimed Polish artist to open show in Scandinavia

The exhibition "I (am)", Paweł Althamer’s extensive solo show at the Helsinki Art Museum (HAM), will showcase the artist's work from the past three decades. It will open on March 28 and run until September 8, 2019.

It is co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Helsinki.

According to the gallery's website, "The title of Althamer's exhibition I (am) epitomises the core questions of his art: Who am I? Who are we together? Collaboration is a key component of Althamer's artistic practice. He regularly involves his family, neighbours, museum visitors, as well as disadvantaged citizens in the creation of his works. These collaborations result in sculptures – totems as Althamer calls them – that are traces of this process. The important thing for Althamer is not the end result but sharing the creative game with the audience."

The museum reports that the exhibition "I (am)" will introduce museumgoers to Althamer’s extensive array of self-portraits, sculptures, installations, performance documentations, as well as miniature worlds.

Among the events accompanying the exhibition will be a review of Polish films curated by Althamer.

The artist will also create a new work for the art museum.

A book documenting the exhibition will appear in May.

Paweł Althamer was born on May 12, 1967, in Warsaw. A contemporary Polish sculptor, performer, creator of installations and videos, Althamer graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 1993. He has exhibited his works in the most important galleries and museums in New York, Berlin, Vienna and Paris.