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Michał Budny

born 1976 in Leszno, Poland
lives and works in Warsaw, Poland and Prague, Czech Republic
read inGerman
Michał Budny’s works generate new possibilities of perception, fleeting moments of lucency, and fluid processes of sensation. They can take the form of flat pictures or spatial installations and are able to incorporate changes in light and shadow. His masterful handling of cardboard, scissors, and acrylic, which initially produced objects of seemingly minimalist perfection, has since been replaced by an experimentation with and a questioning of sculpture and its consistency. He uses deliberately poor materials – like cardboard, transparent foil, and tape – that are predisposed to transience and external forces. Budny’s objects precisely and methodically resemble halfway-finished constructions. In all their poetry and fragility, they bring their own development – their potentials and their contingency in space and time – to the fore.
 
Michał Budny participated in 2007 in the Fellbach Triennial of Small-Scale Sculpture in Fellbach, Germany, as well as the Manifesta 7 in Trentino, Italy, in 2008. He has had solo exhibitions at the South London Gallery, London, UK (2010); the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (2011); Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany (2011); the National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania (2012); the Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken, Germany (2015) and Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland (2020/2021).
 
His works can be found in such collections as the Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany; Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland; Berezdivin Collection, Puerto Rico; FNAC, Paris, France; and Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey.

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