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Adam Adach

Painter. Born 1962 in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, lives and works in Warsaw and Paris. Obtained a veterinary degree in Warsaw before emigrating to France in the late 1980s. While abroad, he completed the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon (1990) and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) in Paris (1995). Adach was nominated for The 2007 Marcel Duchamp Prize.

„In his paintings Adam Adach explores both personal and historical memory. In his pieces, personal themes often based on memories from childhood intertwine with references to history and collective experience. The artist draws inspiration from anonymous photographs, press clippings, book illustrations, scenes he himself recorded using his photo camera or in his sketchbook. Though almost entirely lacking narration, Adach's paintings do manifest a kind of emblematic anecdotal quality.”
Ewa Gorządek, "Adam Adach",, 2008

„Adach’s figures frequently find themselves in one way or another in suspension. They wait. The active, goal- orientated person remains absent. One can therefore read these images as a counterpoint to Socialist Realism. Under that aesthetics regime the cheerful worker valiantly takes his own fate in hand, while here he is an activist on call. Adach’s painting appears to seep out of the cracks in consciousness; it has more to do with a dream world than with concrete memory. The milky yet intense light underlines this characteristic. It is suggestive of dusk, of the gradual shift between seasons; of unclear times shaped by transition, and sometimes also by upheaval.”
Ralf Schluter, “Adam Adach”, “Polish! Contemporary Art from Poland”, 2011

Works in public collections:
Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Centre Georges Pompidou
Burger Collection, Zumikon, Switzerland
Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur, Vienna, Austria
Lhoist collection, Limelette, Belgium
KiCo Collection, Bonn, Germany
Sal. Oppenheim collection, Cologne, Germany
Regionalna Zachęta Sztuki Współczesnej Collection, Szczecin

Selected solo exhibition:
- Demos and Demon, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw
- Orties, Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris
- Car cette peinture que l’on croit silencieuse raconte, Musée de Cahors Henri-Martin, Cahors
- War, Peace and Entertainment, BWA Zielona Góra
- The Century of the Jewish Beech, Maerz Contemporary, Berlin
- Representation, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw
- Cease-fire, BoBjergaard Gallery, Copenhagen
- Go-Between, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna
- Morsure, Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris
- With any luck they might forget all about it, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland (catalogue)
Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznan (catalogue)
- Cheap History, Galerie Arndt und Partner, Berlin
- La Galerie, Centre d'art contemporain, Noisy-le-Sec
- Chemical Sunset, D’Amelio Terras, New York
- Portraits. Mirrors, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (catalogue)
- Stille Beobachtung, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna
- Invernia, Arndt & Partner, Zürich
- Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall, Nice (catalogue)
- Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna
- New Paintings, D'Amelio Terras, New York
- Centre d’Art Contemporain, Château des Adhémar (catalogue)
- Peintures, Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris
- Heckled, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- Chosaland, Lyon
- Maison Arche, Ambleteuse

Selected group exhibitions:
- Wild at Heart, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
- Warsaw Under Construction Festival, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
- POMADA 7. / SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPES, Palace of Culture, Warsaw
- Dear Masters, Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris
- HERE we are. Selected works of post-1945 Polish art from the collection of Krzysztof Musiał, CCA, Torun
- Full Mixed Blood, MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine
- The Dynamics of Decline, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw
- Small Sculptural Forms, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw
- Entre Sistemas, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Velez-Malaga Francisco Hernandez, Malaga
- Correspondances, Arbois, Musée d’Art
- Sur le fil, Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris
- Our National Body,Taras Shevchenko National Museum, Kyiv
- The Housebreakers, ADIAF, Balta Nakts, Riga Art Space, Riga
- Our National Body/ Nasze cialo narodowe, Galeria Miejska Arsenal, Bialystok
- Self-love, Państwowa Galeria Sztuki, Sopot
- Zapisy Przemian 2, collection K. Musial, Państwowa Galeria Sztuki, Sopot
- Fruits de la Passion, Centre Pompidou collection, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe
- Niezgodne z Instrukcja, Zacheta Szczecin collection, Szczecin
- Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej, Opole
- Entre ciel et la terre, FRAC Auvergne
- Gorzki to chleb jest polskość, BWA, Jelenia Góra
- Memory: Registers and Territories, International Cultural Centre, Cracow
- Showroom, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
- Pièces Montrées, MAMCS, Strasbourg
- La Révolte et l'Ennui, FRAC Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand
- Fruits de la passion, Centre Pompidou, Paris
- Samozapłon, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko - Biała,Poland
- De leur temps (3). 10 ans de création en France: le Prix Marcel Duchamp, MAMCS Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg
- Ars Homo Erotica, National Museum, Warsaw (catalogue)
- Pas nécessaire et pourtant indispensable. 1979-2009 : 30 ans d’art contemporain à Meymac Abbaye St André - Centre d’art contemporain, Meymac
- Conflicting Tales (Quadriloy, Part 1), Burger Collection, Berlin
- Painting And Its Environs, Palacio de Sástago, Zaragoza
- Take a Look at Me Now, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich
- Restaging The Past. Baltic/Balkans, National Museum, Szczecin
- Heartquake, Museum on the SEAM Socio-political Contemporary Art Museum, Jerusalem
- Imágenes Latentes, Galeria Fùcares, Madrid, (catalogue)
- Lieux de Vie - Mémoire et fantasme de l'enracinement, Abbaye Saint-André Centre d'Art Contemporain, Meymac
- Frisch gestrichen, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf
- Space For Your Future, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
- De leur temps (2), Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble
- Prix Marcel Duchamp, exhibition of the nominated artists, Cour Carrée du Louvre, Paris (catalogue)
- Intrusions au Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
- Zurück zur Figur - Malerei der Gegenwart, Kunsthal Rotterdam; Kunsthaus Wien, Vienna
- Zurück zur Figur – Malerei der Gegenwart, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich; Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf (catalogue)
- A Selected State, Emily Tsingou Gallery, London
- Le mouvement des images, Centre Pompidou, Paris
- La Force de l’art, Grand Palais, Paris
- Bienvenue a bord, FRAC Alsace, Selestat
- Profiles, Pera Museum, Istanbul
- Day Sleepers, Tresor, BA-CA Kunstforum, Vienna
- Adam Adach, Gabi Hamm, Susan Turcot, Arndt & Partner, Berlin
- Recent Acquisitions, Centre Pompidou, Paris
- Affinités électives, Centre Départemental d'Art Contemporain, Cimaise et Portique, Albi
- To be seen in painting, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (catalogue)
- Voir en peinture, Le Plateau, Paris, (catalogue)
- Sztuka współczesna dla wszystkich dzieci, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw
- Une promenade en été, Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris
- Urgent Painting, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (catalogue)
- Kocham cie z daleka, Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznan (catalogue)
- Artistes Nomades, Carte blanche à P. Buraglio, Galerie D. Nick, Aubais
- Prodige, proposition de Robert Fleck, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris (catalogue)
- Passeur, proposition d’Yves Robert, Le Rectangle, Lyon, Paris (catalogue)
- Multipass, Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, Yokohama (catalogue)
- Nous nous sommes tant aimés, proposition de Alfred Pacquement, ENSBA, Paris (catalogue)
- Managers de l’immaturité, Centre National d’Art Contemporain Le Magasin, Grenoble (catalogue)
- L’impromptu, Festival Improvisation et Ephémère, Château de Champdor
- Limits of Painting - Polish Painting since the 90s, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw