1976 born in Leszno
Lives in Warsaw.


By using the simplest tools and materials - predominantly paper and cardboard - Michal Budny creates formally restrained models not only of objects, places and situations, but also of phenomena which do not have a fixed material form, such as voice, memory, rain or a ray of sunlight. The meticulously constructed tiny objects and sculptures, as well as the monumental installation or site-specific works by Budny function as an echo of the reality and are at the same time a discreet story about transitoriness, the fading away of the contents with the paper, empty forms and shapes whose sense is difficult to decipher due to the passing of time and their removal in space. Because of the modesty of his material and the freehand nature of the constructions, these works seem to be especially close and homely. They give form and meaning to that which we would previously consider as empty space. In this sense, Budny's activities are a poetic interpretation of the architecture around us and the ways in which life fills it with meaning.




Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, PL

Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, PL

Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, PL

The ING Polish Art Foundation Collection, Warsaw, PL


Kunsthaus Zurich, CH

Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, DE

Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken, DE

Ege Kunst-und Kulturstiftung, Freiburg, DE

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, DE

Munich Re, Munich, DE

Sammlung KiCo, Bonn, DE

Sammlung Otten, Hohenems, AT

FNAC (Fondation National d'Art Contemporain), Paris, FR

Frederic de Goldschmidt Collection, Brussels, BE

Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul, TR

Rosewood Collection, HK

Berezdivin Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico



- Anonymous, annex14, Zürich, CH



- The Glass House, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, SE



- Miasto z innego snu, Miejskie Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych, Leszno, PL

- Trap Head, annex14, Zurich, CH



- Korona (Crown), Raster, Warsaw, PL

- Kapradinový květ (Fern Flower), PLATO Galerie města Ostravy, Ostrava, CZ (with Jaromír Novotný)

- Moderne Galerie, Saarlandmuseum, Saarbruecken, DE

- Primitive, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, DE



- Mira, Galerie Svit, Prague, CZ



- Night work, annex14, Zurich, CH

- Ashamed and shameless, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna, AT



- Wojciech Bąkowski / Michał Budny, Galeria Stereo, Poznań, PL (with Wojciech Bąkowski)

- Apollo, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, DE

- Transfer, The PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, UK

- Zywica, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, PL

- Big Country, National Gallery, Vilnius, LT



- Ausstellung Frischzelle 14: Michał Budny, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, DE

- Between, Kunstverein fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, DE

- Michał Budny / Rafał Buujnowski, Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna, AT (with Rafal Bujnowski)

- The room upstairs, Annex14, Bern, CH

- Mirror, Galerie Nachst St.Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwalder, Vienna, AT



- Author, South London Gallery, London, UK



- Beginning, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL

- Returns, BWA Zielona Gora, PL (with Agata Bogacka)

- Foreign Affairs, annex14, Bern, CH

- Works, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL

- Light, Raster, Warsaw, PL



- Romanticism, Kronika Gallery, Bytom, PL

- Shot, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, USA (with Zbigniew Rogalski)

- Winter, Galerie Naechst St.Stephan, Vienna, AT



- Stille, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, DE

- Origami, Johnen+Schoettle Galerie, Cologne, DE



- At the Very Centre of Attention 8, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL

- Bluebox, Galerie annex 14, Bern, CH

- Projection, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL (with Zbigniew Rogalski)



- Map, Johnen & Schoettle, Cologne, DE



- Light, Centrer fo Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL



- Michał Budny, Raster, Warsaw, PL





- Późna polskość. Formy narodowej tożsamości po 1989 roku (Late Polishness Forms of national identity after 1989), Center for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, PL



- La memoria finalmente. Arte in Polonia 1989-2015 (The Memory Finally. Art in Poland 1989-2015), Galleria Civica - Palazzina dei Giardini, Modena, IT



- Monumental Narratives. Figures, Landscapes and Rituals, MAC Gas Natural Fenosa Museum of Contemporary Art, Coruna, ES

- Minimalne formy realności / Minimal Forms of Reality, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, PL

- Stan życia. Polska sztuka współczesna w kontekście globalnym/ State of Life. Polish Contemporary Artwithin a Global Circumstance, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, CN

- Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously, Syntax, Lisbon, PT

- Villa Toronto, Union Station, Toronto, CA

- More Konzeption Conception Now, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, D

- Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously, Syntax Project, Lisbon, PT


- Twoje miasto to pole walki/ Your city is a battleground, Warszawa w Budowie / Warsaw Under Construction, Bracia Jabłkowscy Department Store, Warsaw, PL

- The Sky is Blue in Some Other Way: A Diagram of a Possible Misreading, Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid, ES

- Co widać. Polska Sztuka Dzisiaj / As You Can See. Polish Art Today, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL



- BRITISH BRITISH POLISH POLISH: Sztuka krańców Europy, długie lata 90 i dziś / BRITISH BRITISH POLISH POLISH: Art from Europe's Edges in the Long '90s and Today, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL

- W sercu kraju /In the Heart of the Country, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL

- Be Like Water, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

- Twisted Entities. Zeitgenoessische polnische Kunst. Contemporary Polish Art, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE



- Next. Painting Without Paint, David Risley gallery, Copenhagen, DK

- Goldrausch. Gegenwartskunst aus, mit oder uber gold / Gold rush. Contemporary art made from, with or about gold, Kunsthalle Nuernberg, Nuernberg, DE

- Obrazy innego- polska sztuka wideo / Image of the other- Polish video-art, w ramach 2. Międzynarodowego Festiwalu Filmowego “Prawa człowieka w filmie”, Warsaw, Lublin, PL

- Urwany Film / Broken Movie, BWA Awangarda, Wrocław, PL

- Moments suspended in Time, Annex14, Bern, CH

- Ab in die Ecke!, Stadtische Galerie, Delmenhorst, DE

- Air de Pologne- bkSM#13 Garage, Culutuurcentrum, Mechelen, BE

- Air de Pologne- bkSM#13 Stombeek, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek Grinbergen, Strombeek- Bever, BE


- New Order, Art Stations Foundation , Poznań, PL

- Polish! Contemporary Art from Poland, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE

- Krajobraz przyszłości / Landscape of the future, CCA Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, PL

- Mir / Peace, Galeria Arsenał, Białystok, PL

- Transylwania 2, Galeria Miejska Arsenał, Poznań, PL

- Leben in Karton, Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen, DE



- Ostatni film/ The Last Film, Raster, Warsaw, PL

- Fate Away, Raster, Reykjavik, IS

- Quantos Queres, Galeria Marz, Lisbon, PT

- so mehr, Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, DE

- New Positions, Art Cologne 2010, Colognie, DE

- (Z)ART, AbtArt, Stuttgart, DE



- Warsaw Under Construction, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL

- Wolność od-zysku / Freedo, from Profit, Zacheta The National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL

- Collapse, Collide, Combine: an Exhibition of small transitions, Tulips & Roses, Vilnius, LT

- Tautology is the Obstacle, Tulips & Roses, Vilnius, LT



- L'Art en Contemporain Europe. Experience Pommery #5, Domaine Pommery, Reims, FR

- Illusion and consequence, Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, DE

- L'artista nella rinuncia 2. Mostra a cura della Galleria Raster, Instituto Polacco di Roma, Rome, I

- Re-Construcion. Biennal of Young Artists, Centrul Cultural Meta, Bucarest, RO

- Manifesta 7. The European Biennal of Contemporary Art, Rovereto, IT

- Der große Wurf. Faltungen in der Gegenwartskunst, Museum Haus Lange und Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, DE

- Contemporary Art, Museum Haus Lange und Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, DE

- Art Sheffield 08. Yes, No & Other Options, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, GB

- SITE Santa Fe's Seventh International Biennial: Lucky Number Seven, SITE Santa Fe, USA



- Triennale Kleinplastik, Fellbach, DE

- From a Distance, Wallspace Gallery, New York, USA

- Polska czesc Slaska, Galeria Miejska, Myslowice, PL

- Betonowe dziedzictwo. Od Le Corbusiera do blokersow / Concrete Legacy, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL

- Species of spaces and other pieces, Hollybush Gardens, London, GB

- Black & White, IBID Projects, London, UK

- Manipulations: On Economies of Deceit, CCA Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, PL

- Here a Change Occurs, Kordegarda Gallery, Warsaw, PL

- Skulptur, Installation und Malerai aus Polend, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld und Durer Gesellschaft Nurnberg, DE



- Spiralen der Erinnerung, Hambug Kunstverein, Hamburg, DE

- Das Radio empfiehlt. Budny Elsner Ziolkowski, Kunstverein Nurnberg, DE

- Muzeum jako świetlany przedmiot pożądania / Museum as a Luminous Object of Desire, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, PL

- Manipulations. On Economies of Deceit, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, PL

- Skulptur, Installation und Malerei aus Polen, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld; Kunstverein Nuernberg, DE

- In Poland, that is where?, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL

- Architektura intymna / architektura porzucona / Intimate Sculpture - Abbandoned Architecture, Kronika, Bytom, PL

- Is it better to be a good artist or a good person?, Raster at Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, US

- Broniewski, BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, PL



- The experimenter & the art of perception, Artpool, Art Research Center, Budapest, HU

- Views 2005. Deutsche Bank Cultural Foundation Award, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL

- [...], BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, PL

- More things, Annex 14, Galerie fur zeitgenossische Kunst, Bern, CH

- Broniewski, Raster, Warsaw, PL

- post_modellismus, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, AT

- International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2005, The National Gallery, Prague, CZ

- Revenge on realism, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, AT



- From My Window. Artists and their Territories, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, FR

- Jahresgaben 2004, Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Muenster, DE

- Emilly Tsingou Gallery, London, UK

- Nowa Huta. Kunst aus polnischer Sicht, Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Muenster, DE

- Rheinschau. Art Cologne Projects, Cologne, DE

- The Parallel Action, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Cieszyn, PL

- At home, The Letterkenny Art Centre, Letterkenny, IRL

- Die leichte Arbeit, Kulturbrauerei, Berlin, DE

- Prym, BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, PL

- Pluzzle, galerie griedervonputtkamer, Berlin, DE




Lorena Muños-Alonso, The Sky is Blue in Some Other Way: A Diagram of a Possible Missreading, “frieze”, #165, 2014, p. 157 (EN)

- Marketa Stara, Michał Budny, Mira, "Szum", #5, 2014, p. 134-136 (PL)

Dobromila Blaszczyk, Michał Budny – Ashamed and Shameless, "Contemporary Lynx", 19.12.2013 (EN)

Mark Prince, Michal Budny. Johnen Galerie, "Flash Art", 02.2013 (EN)

Gregory Volk, Michal Budny, Raster, “Art in America”, 06-07/2012, p. 181 (EN)

Modern Polish Art, "Kyiv Post", 30.8.2012 (EN)

Solo exhibition by Michal Budny at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, "artdaily", 15.03.2012 (EN)

Lithuania. Solo exhibition by Michal Budny at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, "", 15.03.20012 (EN)

Michal Budny: Zywica, “”, 27.2.2012 (DE)

Simon Rees, Michał Budny, "frieze", 01.04.2011 (EN)

Noemi Smolik, Michal Budny, "frieze", #1, 2011, s 134 (EN)

Widerborstiger Witz, "Artnet", 02.11.2011 (DE)

Metaphorische Landschaften, “Artensuite”, #91, 09/2009, p. 14 (DE)

- Jakub Banasiak, Urok plastycznego haiku, "Dziennik" ("Kultura"), 20.03.2009, p. 36-37 (PL)

Igor Seider, Cisza, przepaść, echo..., "Rzeczpospolita" ("Życie Warszawy"), 18.03.2009, p. 6 (PL)

- Marcus-Andreas Goossens, Gedanken über Wirklichkeit, "AZ", 13.02.2009 (DE)

- Diese Kunst gefällt nicht jedermann, "MRZ", 12.02.2009 (DE)

- "Illusion & Konsequenz" in Mainz, "FAZ", 29.01.2009 (DE)

- Monika Małkowska, Kto będzie gwiazdą za 10 lat - ranking subiektywny, "Rzeczpospolita", #11 (8216), 14.01.2009, p. 18-19 (PL)

- Barbara Scheuermann, Abseits von Kunstzirkus. Neues in Kolner Galerien - Unterwegs in der Sudstadt, "Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger", 20.02.2007 (DE)

Agnieszka Kowalska, Pośmiertny hołd dla Supersamu, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, #11, 13-14.01.2007 (PL)

- Eva Deppisch, Der polonische Blick, "Nurenberger Zeitung", 29.07.2006 (DE)

- Regina Urban, Grüße aus der jüngsten Geschichte, "Nürnberger Nachrichten", 26.07.2006 (DE)

- Die Bilder aus dem Radio der Erinnerung, "Abendzeitung", 21.07.2006 (DE)

- Monika Małkowska, Wideoprojekcja bez projektorów, “Rzeczpospolita”, 17.02.2006 (PL)

- Marcel Andino Velez, Operacja „Broniewski”, „Przekrój”, 09.11.2005 (PL)

- Agnieszka Kowalska, Sekrety tekturowej poezji, "Gazeta Wyborcza", 26.10.2005 (PL)

Dorota Jarecka, Ponura młodzież w Zachęcie, "Gazeta Wyborcza", 26.10.2005 (PL)

Stach Szabłowski, Poezja zetpete, "Życie Warszawy. Po godzinach", #36(53), 09.09.2004 (PL)

- Piort Kowalik, Michał Budny, „Format. Pismo Artystyczne młodych”, #48, 04.2005 (PL)

Michał Woliński, Pociąg do szuflady, "Fluid", #01-2 (38), 2004, p. 36-37 (PL)

- Stach Szabłowski, Tekturowe powietrze, "Życie warszawy. Po godzinach", 18.12.2003, p. 67 (PL)



Projekcja unplugged, interview with Michał Budny and Zbigniew Rogalski, by Marcin Krasny, “Obieg”, 25.02.2006 (PL)



Michał Budny, Primitive, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, 2015 (EN)

- Frischzelle_14: Michał Budny, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, 2011 (EN, DE)

- Michał Budny, Zbigniew Rogalski, Projection, Zachęta—National Gallery of Art, Warszawa, 2006 (PL, EN)

- Budny, Elsner, Ziółkowski. Das Radio empfiehlt, Kunstverein Nurnberg, Nurnberg, 2006 (DE, EN)

- Michał Budny. Instalacja, At The Very Centre of Attention. Part 8, Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa, 2006 (PL, EN)

- La memoria finalamente. Arte in Polonia 1989-2016, Galleria Civica di Modena, Palazzina dei Giardini, Modena, 2016, p. 90-95 (IT, EN)

- State of Life, Polish Contemporary Art within a Global Circumstance, National Art Museum of China, Pekin, 2015 (ZH)

- Twisted Entities. Zeitgenoessische polnische Kunst. Contemporary Polish Art, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, 2013 (DE, EN)

- Goldrausch. Gegenwartskunst aus, mit oder uber gold (Gold rush. Contemporary art made from, with or about gold), Kunsthalle Nuernberg, Nuernberg, 2012 (DE, EN)

- Nowy porządek, Ars Stations Foundations by Grażyna Kulczyk, Poznań, 2011 (PL)

-Mir, Galeria Arsenał, Białystok, 2011 (PL, EN)

-(Z)ART, Galerie Abtart, Stuttgart, 2009 (DE, EN)

- Illusion & Konsequenz. Programm November 2008 - Januar 2009, Kunstahalle Mainz, 2008 (DE)

- L'art contemporain en Europe. Expérience Pommery #5 (Domaine Pommery, Reims, FR), Beaux Arts/TTM Éditions, Boulogne, 2008 (FR)

- Lance M. Fung, Lucky Number Seven, SITE Santa Fe's Seventh International Biennial [vol. I], SITE Santa Fe, 2008, p. 80-85; 175-177 (EN)

- Lance M. Fung, Lucky Number Seven, SITE Santa Fe's Seventh International Biennial [vol. II], SITE Santa Fe, 2008, p. 36-41 (EN)

- Raster. L'artista nella rinunicia 2. Transfert Gallerie Polacche a Roma 3, Istituto Polacco di Roma, Warszawa, 2008 (IT)

- Der grosse Wurf. Faltungen in der Gegenwartskunst / Falling right into place. The Fold in Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2008, p. 38-53 (DE, EN)

- Bodycheck.10. Triennale Kleinplastik. Felbach, 2007 (DE, EN)

- Manipulacje. O ekonomii klamstwa (Manipulations. On economies of Deceit), Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Łaźnia, Gdańsk, 2007 (PL, EN)

- W Polsce, czyli gdzie? (In Poland, that is Where?), Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa, 2006 (PL, EN)

- Prague Biennale 2005, National Gallery, Praga, 2005 (CZ, EN)

- Revange on realism. The fictic ious moment in current polish art. Krinzinger Projekte, Wiedeń, 2005 (EN, DE)

- post_modellismus. Models in art / Modelle in der kunst Krinzinger Projekte, Wiedeń, 2005 (EN, DE)

- Spojrzenia. II edycja (The Views. II edition), Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warszawa, 2005 (PL, EN)

- De ma fenetre. Des artistes et leur territoires. Ecole national superieure des beaux-arts, Paryż, 2004 (FR, EN)

- Prym / Prym, Galeria BWA, Zielona Góra, 2004 (PL, EN)



- Żywica, Moderne Galerie, Saarbrücken, 2015 (EN, DE)

- Michał Budny, Sandpaper, Kunstverein, Düsseldorf, 2011 (EN, DE)

- Michał Budny, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa, 2009 (PL, EN)