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Group founded in 2001. The members are: Oskar Dawicki (born 1971), Igor Krenz (1959), Wojciech Niedzielko (1959), Lukasz Skapski (1958). They live and work in Cracow and Warsaw.

 

Oskar Dawicki (b. 1971), Igor Krenz (b. 1959), Wojciech Niedzielko (b. 1959) and Lukasz Skapski (b. 1958) formed the Azorro group in 2001. Azorro is not a typical artistic formation. It is – to use musical terminology – a super-group, comprised of artists previously known from their individual activities. As Azorro, they primarily realize video films in which they – not without irony – touch upon such delicate questions as the evaluation of contemporary art, the condition of exhibiting institutions and the position of the artist in both the artistic and social hierarchies. They are perspicacious, aim at undermining the current norms and tend to think subversively, critically – annoyingly 'against'. Their wining card is, however, their sense of humour and good acting – as in their first film 'We Like It A Lot', in which they visit famous exhibiting halls in Warsaw and, after leaving each of them, they praise what they have just seen in the same way, with the same sentence, over and over, ceaselessly.

 

Another important topic touched upon by Azorro is language and its (lack of) clarity. The particular expression of the artists' longing for the world in which nothing is lost in translation, is the film 'Pyxis Systematis Domestici Quod Dicitur' – a history of the artists' trip from Cracow to Vienna conceived in the convention of road movie, during which they speak to themselves and the people they meet only in Latin.

 

WORKS IN COLLECTIONS:

 

- The National Museum, Warsaw, PL

- The National Museum, Cracow, PL

- Muzeum Sztuki,  Łódź, PL

- Centre for Contemporary Art, Toruń, PL

- Arsenał Gallery, Białystok, PL

- Lemaitre Collection, London, UK

- Kolekcja Mileny Bujnowskiej, PL

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

 

2011
- Art-Night, Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej BWA Sokół, Nowy Sącz, PL (screening)
- Museum Night, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, CH (screening)

2010
- Ostatnia wystawa 1, Goldex Poldex, Cracow, PL
- Lepiej byc nie może, Galeria Arsenał, Białystok, PL
- Idealna wystawa, CSW Znaki Czasu, Torun, PL

2006
- Sense of Humor. Azorro and Art in Poland, Kurbas Center, Kyiv, UKR

2005
- Les Figurants, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL
- Film Festival, Cieszyn, PL

2004
- Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, DE
- Raster / Luna Cinema, Warsaw, PL
- Galeria Priestor for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, SK

2003
- Trafo Gallery, Budapest, H
- The House of Arts, Brno, CZ
- Display Gallery, Prague, CZ
- Everything has been done, Bunkier Sztuki, Cracow, PL
- Paula Boettcher Gallery, Berlin, DE
- Deutscher Kunstlerbund, Berlin, DE

2002
- Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, PL
- BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, PL
- Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, PL
- Entropia Gallery, Wroclaw, PL
- Raster, Warsaw, PL

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

 

2016

- Bogactwo (Money to Burn), Zachęta—National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL 

- COMMON AFFAIRS: Revisiting the VIEWS Award - Contemporay Art from Poland, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, DE 

- Intermarium, Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej BWA Sokół, Nowy Sącz, PL 

- Z mojego okna widać wszystkie kopce (All Mounds Can Be Seen from My Window), Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, PL

 

2015

- Project 35: The Last Act, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow, Moscow, RU

 2014

- Umenie nemá alternatívu / Art Has No Alternative, tranzit.sk, Bratislava, SK

-  Nervous System, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, AT

- (csend) – Egy Holokauszt-kiállítás ( (silence) – A Holocaust Exhibition), Ludwig Múzeum - Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, HU

- DZIEŃ JEST ZA KRÓTKI (Kilka opowieści autobiograficznych), BWA SOKÓŁ Gallery, Nowy Sacz, PL

-Polish Artists Short Film Screening, Loft345, Guangzhou, CN

2013

- Na zachęte do muzeum, MS1, Łódź, PL

- TO NIC WAŻNEGO, TO TYLKO SZTUKA… / IT ISN’T IMPORTANT IT’S ONLY ART…, Emil Filla Gallery, Usti nad Łabą, CZ 

2012
- Urwany Film / Broken Movie, BWA Awangarda, Wrocław, PL
- Na nowo pokazane - na nowo odczytane, BWA Zielona Góra, Zielona Góra, PL
- Korespondecje. Sztuka nowoczesna i uniwersalizm, Muzeum Sztuki ms², Łódź, PL

2011
- Site Inspection. The Museum on the Museum, The Ludwig Museum, Budapest, HU
- Open City, Art Festival in Public Spaces / Festiwal Sztuki w Przestrzeni Publicznej Open City, Lublin, PL

2010
- Spektrum. Z kolekcji wideo Zachęty Pokazy filmów w Ursula Blickle Videolounge / Spectrum. From the Zachęta Video Collection Screenings in the Ursula Blickle Videolounge, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
- Ostatni Film / The Last Film, Raster, Warsaw, PL
- Fluxus east, Fluxus - Henie Onstad Art Centre, Hovikodden, NO
- Riding the Wave, Waterside Project Space, London, UK
- The arsist in the (art) society, Galerie Emilia Filly, Ústí nad Labem, CZ
- Künstler in der Kunst Gesellschaft, Motorenhalle, Dresden, DE
- ...on the eastern front. Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009, Ludwig Muzeum, Budapest, H
- Nimic important, e doar arta... / It isn't important, it's only art.., Muzeul de Arta Vizuala, Galaţi; Anaid Art Gallery, Bucuresti; Muzeul de Artă Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca; Muzeul National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, RO

2009
- The artist in the (art) society, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, CH
- Szczyt Bohaterow / The Summit of Heroes, Bunkier Sztuki and Stainglass Museum, Cracow, PL
- Como diría Roland Barthes, ni te cases ni te embarques, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES
- Agent Absurd, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, UK
- The Making of Art, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, DE
- Energy Class B, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, UK
- Wasser und Wein - Der Katholische Faktor in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, Städtische Galerie im Leeren Beutel, Regensburg, DE
- Fluxus East, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, DK

2008
- 5 wystawa kolekcji Małopolskiej Fundacji Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej, Budynek dawnej elektrowni podgórskiej, Kraków, PL
- I as an Artist, Rosenfeld Gallery,Tel Aviv, IL
- Fluxus East. Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe, Kumu Art Museum, Talin, EE
- "Ich kann mir nicht jeden Tag ein Ohr abschneiden". Dekonstruktionen des K✓nstlermthos / "I can't slice off an ear every day". Deconstructing the Myth of the Artist, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, DE
- Zabawy dużych chłopców, Galeria appendix 2, Warsaw, PL
- Kolekcja Niemożliwa, Instytut Sztuki Wyspa, Gdansk, PL
- Spastykownie, Sektor I Gallery, Katowice, PL
- L'artista nella rinuncia 2. Mostra a cura della Galleria Raster, Instituto Polacco di Roma, Rome, I
- Fluxus East - Fluxus networks in Central Eastern Europe, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, H
- Is an artist allowed to do anything?, The house of arts (Dom umenia), Bratislava, SK
- Fluxus East. Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe, Bunkier Sztuki, Cracow, PL
- Asteism, Lazna Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, PL
- Laughing in a Foreign Language, The Hayward, Southbank Centre, London, UK
- Activity in the gallery field, Korczynski, Paris, FR
- Poza dobrem i złem, IV Międzynarodowy Festiwal Sztuki Wizualnej Inspiracje, Szczecin, PL
- Efekt czerwonych oczu / Eye effect. Fotografia polska XXI wieku / Polish photography of the 21st century, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL

2007
- Random in Radom, Museum of Contemporary Art, Radom, PL
- Still Here, Humour in Post-communist performative video, Artspace, Sydney, AU
- Fluxus East. Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE
- Asteism, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL
- European Attitude. Asia-Europe Mediations, School of Humanities and Journalism, Poznan, PL
- Video in Progress, RISD Museum, Providence, USA
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, On Gallery, Poznan, PL
- Cultural Versus National Borders, Budapest, HU

2006
- A Night of Cutting-Edge Contemporary Art from Poland: Video, Performance and Other Media, Consulate General of Poland in New York, New York, US
- Łódz Biennale 2006, Museum of the History of Łódź, Łódź, PL
- Collection of the Lubuska Zacheta Sztuki Wspolczesnej, BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, PL
- Is it better to be a good artist or a good person?, Raster at Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2005
- Views 2005. Deutsche Bank Cultural Foundation Award, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
- Collection of the Foundation of Malopolska Museum for Contemporary Art, Miedzynarodowe Centrum Kultury, Cracow, PL
- Egocentric, Immoral, Outmoded..., Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
- Almagro International Theatre Festival, Barcelona, ESP
- Boys, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Cracow, PL
- How to talk about contemporary art?, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, PL
- 11th International Media Art Biennale WRO 05, Wroclaw, PL
- The Need to Document, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, CH

2004
- Videozone. 2nd International Video Art Biennial, Tel Aviv
- From My Window. Artists and Their Teritorries, Ecole National Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, FR
- Obraz Kontrolny. Recent Polish Video, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Cracow, PL
- Challenge, Synagouge - Centre of Contemporary Art, Trnava, SK
- Four Roses. Kamera Skura, Kunst-Fu, Little Warsaw, Azorro, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, PL
- Far West, Near East. New Art from Poland, Forum Kunst & Architektur, Essen, DE
- Motes in all eyes, The Ship, London, UK
- Palimpsest Museum. Biennial of Polish Art, Lodz, PL
- BHP, Wyspa Progress Foundation, Gdansk, PL
- Shake Gdansk, Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia, Gdansk, PL
- Memoires du temps de l'immaturite, Passage de Retz, Paris, FR
- Observatory, Palais im Grossen Garten, Dresden, DE
- Passage d’Europe”, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne, FR
- Boys and Girls, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
- New Video, New Europe: A Survey of Eastern European Video, The Renaissance Society, Chicago
- Under The Red & White Flag, New Art from Poland, Estonian Art Museum, Tallin, EST; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, LT; Nizhny Novgorod branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art, Arsenal, Niznhy Novgorod, RU; Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Arts, Niznhy Tagil, RU; National Centre for Contemporay Arts, Moscow, RU

2003
- Process, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki, FIN
- RASTER. Aktuelle Kunst aus Polen, Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt/O, DE
- Fona Festival of New Art, Rijeka, CRO
- Prague Biennal, The National Gallery, Prague, CZ
- Video Zone @ LX Pt, Lisbon
- l’ Epicerie, Teatr Academia, Warsaw, PL
- Radiator, Festival for New Media Art, Nottingham, UK
- WRO 03 International Media Art Biennial, Wroclaw, PL
- Public Rituals, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, A
- Transmediale 03, Berlin, DE
- Backfabrik, Berlin, DE

2002
- Video-Zone. 1st International Video-Art Biennial, Tel Aviv
- Polyphony of Voices conference, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Cracow, PL
- The Polish Video, Project Space, Kunsthalle, Vienna, A
- The Centre of Attraction. 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art, Centre for Contemporary Art, Vilnius, LT
- Modelarnia, Gdansk, PL
- Polen 2002, Karlsruhe, DE
- 12th Film Festival, Cottbus, DE
- The Polish Cinema / Video, Duesseldorf, DE
- Rowelucja, Raster, Warsaw, PL
- Novart.pl, Cracow PL
- Junge Kunst aus Polen, Galerie der Marktgemeinde, St. Johan, A
- Polish Art, Sao Paolo
- Abzug Festival, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Cracow, PL
- Magisters & Friends, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Cracow, PL
- Four rooms, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Cracow, PL

ONLINE:

 

- Christy Lange, The Need to Document, "frieze", s. 213, 10.2005, (EN)

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS CATALOGUES AND FOLDERS:

 

-  Les Figurants, At The Very Centre of Attention. Part 2, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej, Warszawa, 2006, (PL, EN)
-  Azorro. Everything Has Been Done, Wydawnictwo Bunkier, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, 2003, (PL, EN)

 

GRUP EXHIBITION CATALOGUES AND FOLDERS:

- Dzień jest za krótki (The Day is Not Enough) cat., The Culture and Art Centre in Wroclaw, Wroclaw 2013 (PL, EN)

 - Izabela Kopania, Zbiór otwarty (Open set), cat., Białystok, 2012, p. 18-19

- Minimal Differences, White Box, New York, 2010, (EN)
- Beatriz Alonso y Victoria Gil-Delgado, Como diría Roland Barthes, ni te cases ni te embarques, Caja Madrid Obra Social, inéditos 2009, s. 56-61, 129-130, (ES, EN)
- The Making of Art, ed. by Martina Winhart, Max Hollein, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2009, s. 8-9, (DE, EN)
- Der katholische Faktor in der zeitgenössichen Kunst aus Polen un Deutchland, Berufsverband Bildender Künstlern Niederbayern/Oberpfalz e. V., Snoeck, Köln 2009, s. 30-31, (DE)
- Melanie Franke, Has everything been done? [w:] "Ich kann mir nicht jeden Tag ein Ohr abschneiden": Dekonstruktion des Künstlermythos, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin 2008, s. 38-43, (DE)
- Laughing in a foreign language, Hayward Publishing, Londyn, 2008, ss. 34-35, (EN)
- Raster. L'artista nella rinunicia 2. Transfert Gallerie Polacche a Roma 3, Istituto Polacco di Roma, Warszawa, 2008, (IT)
- Porządki urojone / So ist es und anders, Muzeum Sztuki Łódź, Museum Abteiberg, Łódź / Monchengladbach, 2008, ss. 20-21, ss. 32-33, (PL, DE)

- POZA. On the polishness of polish contemporary art, Real Art Ways, Hartford, 2007, ss. 38-39 (EN)
- A Night of Cutting-Edge Contemporary Art from Poland: Video, Performance and Other Media, Polish Cultural Institute, Nowy Jork 2006, s. 18, (EN)
- XI Międzynarodowe Biennale Sztuki Mediów WRO 05, Wrocław 2005, s. 56, (PL, EN)
- Views. II edition, Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warszawa, 2005, (PL, EN)
- Four Roses, Galeria Arsenał, Białystok, 2004, ss. 24-25, 37-38 (PL, EN)
- Under the Red and White Flag, Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warszawa, 2004 (PL, EN)
- Far West Near East. Junge Kunst aus Polen, Essen / Warszawa, 2004, (EN, DE)
- Chłopaki i dziewczyny, Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warszawa, 2004, ss. 34-39, (PL)
- De ma fenetre. Des artistes et leur territoires. Ecole national superieure des beaux-arts, Paryż, 2004, (FR, EN)
- Spojrzenia. I edycja / Views. I edition, Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warszawa, 2003, (PL, EN)
- Offentliche Rituale. Kunst/Videos aus Polen, MuMoK. Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Wiedeń, 2003 (DE, PL, EN)

 

REVIEWS, ARTICLES:

 

- Sabina Czajkowska, Zaangażowani inaczej, "arteon", nr 6(122) czerwiec 2010, ss. 6-7, (PL)
- Dorota Jarecka, Idealne rozstanie w doskonałym miejscu, "Gazeta Wyborcza", nr 121. 6939, 13.05.2010, s. 15, (PL)
- Monika Małkowska, Artyści przeklęci i święci, "Rzeczpospolita", 2.12.2008, (PL)
- Jakub Banasiak, Supergrupa Azorro: Rodzina (2004), "xmagazyn (exklusiv)" nr 10/2008 (69), ss. 34-35, (PL)
- Magdalena Ujma, w: Nowe zjawiska w sztuce polskiej po 2000, Warszawa, 2007, s. 62, (PL, EN)
- Wojciech Szymański, Dobry tekst, "Ha!art", nr 25, 2006, ss. 77-78, (PL)

- Azorro zawłaszcza centrum uwagi, interview with Azorro by Dorota Nowakowska, „Życie Warszawy”, 29.11.2005, (PL)
- Łukasz Ronduda, "Karol - człowiek, który został papieżem" Supergrupy Azorro, czyli rzecz o nowej sztuce przykościelnej, "Obieg", 17.08.2005, (PL)
- Monika Małkowska, Czwórka na piątkę, “Rzeczpospolita. Kultura”, 13.01.2005, s. A9, (PL) 
- Adam Mazur, To musi zwyciężyć. Salon odrzuconych Wenecja 2005, "Obieg", 1/2005, (PL) 
- Monika Małkowska, Widoki na głupotę, „Rzeczpospolita”, 17.12.2004, (PL) 
- Monika Małkowska, Wszystko przez kotlety, “Rzeczpospolita. Kultura”, 23.11.2004, A-12, (PL) 
- Monika Żmijewska, Cztery śmieszne róże, “Gazeta Wyborcza. Białystok”, 18.11.2004, (PL)
- Grzegorz Borkowski, Z czego tworzy się instytucję sztuki?, "Obieg" nr 2(70)/2004, s. 34-37, (PL)

 

BOOKS:

 

- Tekstylia bis. Słownik młodej polskiej kultury, Kraków, 2006, s. 660