Across painting, performance, drawing and ceramics, Mikołaj Sobczak explores political topics and historical politics, with a particular focus on the perspectives and lives of marginalized subjects.
Kunsthalle Münster is showing the first solo exhibition of the Polish artist in a German institution, thus presenting the manifold facets of Sobczak’s artistic work. The exhibition encourages us to engage with the construction of history in times of political radicalization.
In his works Mikołaj Sobczak raises questions on a new collective identity and memory culture and plays with the convention of the classical history painting. His paintings are informed with theatricality, staging figuration in dense tableaus often based on the compositions of iconic paintings of the pasts—including, which he confronts with motifs from popular culture.
Sobczak’s central concern is to create contemporary history paintings with depictions of prominent protagonists from LGBTQI+ activism, queer and emancipatory countercultural milieus and resistance movements.
Performance: 22/01/2023, 4 pm:
Mikołaj Sobczak + Nicholas Grafia, Peasants
Mikołaj Sobczak. Leibeigene
16/10/2022 – 22/01/2023
Triple is funny, but double makes the money
18/02 – 16/04/2023
Kunsthalle Münster, Hafenweg 28, 5. Stock, 48155 Münster
Opening times: Tu-Su 12–6 pm