Piotr Piotrowski



Professor ordinarius  at the Art History Department, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland;  
For datails refer to Full CV or to English Full CV

General field of study:

  • History, politics, and theory of global art, and art history.
  • Social and political history of modern and contemporary art in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Museum studies.

Recent project:

  • Globalizing East European Art

Boards (selection):

  • National Gallery, Prague (Academic Board)
  • Ars, Slovak Academy of Science, Bratislava (Editorial Board)
  • Proceedings of the Art Museum of Estonia, KUMU, Tallinn (Editorial Board)
  • Art Margins, The MIT Press, Cambridge MA (Advisary Board)

Former positions (selection):

  • Chair of the Department of Art History, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, 1999-2008, and Head of Modern Art History, 1996-2009.
  • Director of the National Museum in Warsaw, 2009-2010.
  • Co-editor (with W. Suchocki) of the annual journal "Artium Quaestiones", 1997-2009.
  • Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, National Museum, Poznan, 1992-1997.

Full term visiting professorships :

  • Warsaw University, 2011, 2012-2013.
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2011-2012.
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2003.
  • Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 2001.

Major academic fellowships:

  • The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2015
  • Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA, 2009
  • Collegium Budapest, 2005-2006.
  • Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, 2000.
  • Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington, D.C., 1989–1990.

Other scholarly grants, visiting scholarships/ fellowships, short term professorships (selection):

British Council (University of Kent, 1987; Cambridge University, 1988), Kosciuszko Foundation, New York (1989), DAAD (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 1997), J.P. Getty Foundation (Columbia University, New York, 1994; Rochester University, 1997), Trust for Mutual Understanding (2001), Commitee for Scholarly Research [KBN] (Warsaw, 1997-200), Ministry of Higher Education (Warsaw, 2006-2009), Central European University, Budapest (2002, 2009), Academy of Art, Architecture and Design, Prague (2012), The Lanckoronskis Foundation, Rome (2013), Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris (2013), Univesrsitaet Regensburg - Institut fur Ost- Sudeuropastudien (2013), National Science Center [NCN] (Krakow, 2014-2017), Södertön University: Center for Baltic and East European Studies (Stockholm, 2014)


Most important awards:

  • Jerzy Stajuda prize for art criticism, Warsaw, 1993.
  • Jan Dlugosz prize for the book of the year in the humanities [Avant-Garde in the Shadow of Yalta], Cracow, 2006.
  • Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievements, Warsaw, 2007.
  • Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory, Barcelona, 2010.

Major curated exhibition:

  • The Thaw. Art ca. 1956, The National Museum, Poznan, 1996.
  • Jaroslaw Kozlowski: Spaces of Time, The National Museum, Poznan, 1997.
  • Zofia Kulik: From Syberia to Cyberia, The National Museum, Poznan, 1999.

Books authored:

  • Metafizyka obrazu [the Metaphysics of the Picture. On the Art Theory and Artistic Attitude of S.I.Witkiewicz]. Poznan: Adam Mickiewicz University Press, 1985, pp. 130.
  • Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz. Warszawa: KAW, 1989, pp. 167.
  • Dekada [The Decade. On the artistic culture of the 1970s. in Poland]. Poznan: Obserwator Publishers, 1991, pp. 87.
  • Artysta miedzy rewolucja i reakcja. Studium z zakresu etycznej historii sztuki awangardy rosyjskiej [Artist between the Revolution and Reaction. A study on Russian avant-garde and politics] Poznan: Adam Mickiewicz Uniwersity Press, 1993, pp. 170.
  • W cieniu Duchampa. Notatki nowojorskie [In the Shadow of Duchamp. The New York Notes], Poznan: Obserwator Publishers, 1996, pp. 163.
  • Znaczenia modernizmu. W strone historii sztuki polskiej po 1945 roku [Meanings of Modernism. Towards a History of Polish Art after 1945]. Poznan: Rebis, 1999 (second edition: 2011), pp. 289.
  • Awangarda w cieniu Jalty. Sztuka Europy Srodkowo-wschodniej w latach 1945-1989 [Avant-Garde in the Shadow of Yalta. Art in Central-Eastern Europe, 1945-1989]. Poznan: Rebis, 2005, pp. 501. [English edition: In the Shadow of Yalta. Art and the Avant-garde in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989, London: Reaktion Books, 2009, pp. 489; Croatian edition: Avangarda u sjeni Jalte. Umjetnost Srednjoistocne Europe u razdoblju 1945-1989, Zagreb: Institut za Povijest Umjetnosti, 2011, pp. 487]; Italian and French editions in progress
  • Sztuka wedlug polityki. Od “Melancholii” do “Pasji” [Art after Politics. From “Melancholy” to “Passion”], Krakow: Universitas, 2007, pp. 259.
  • Agorafilia. Sztuka i demokracja w postkomunistycznej Europie [Agoraphila. Art and Deomacracy in Post-communist Europe], Poznan: Rebis, 2010, pp. 300. [English edition: Art and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe, London: Reaktion Books, 2012, pp. 309]
  • Muzeum krytyczne. [Critical Museum], Poznan: Rebis, 2011, pp. 167.
  • [Serbian edition: Kriticki Muzej, Beograd: Evropa Nostra Srbja, Centar za muzeologiju i heritologiju, Folosofskog fakulteta Universiteta u Beogradu, 2013, pp 147]

Books, journals and exhibition catalogues edited, co-edited, and co-written :

  • Galeria odNOWA, 1964-1969 [The odNOWA Gallery, 1964-1969], Poznan, National Museum, 1993, pp. 99
  • Odwilz. Sztuka ok. 1956 [The "Thaw". Polish Art ca. 1956], Poznan, National Museum, 1996, pp. 316
  • Jaroslaw Kozlowski: Spaces of Time, National Museum, Poznan 1997, pp. 92
  • Zofia Kulik: From Siberia to Cyberia, National Museum, Poznan 1999, pp. 147
  • Grenzen überwinded. (co edited with Katja Bernhardt) Berlin : Lukas Verlag, 2006, pp. 262.
  • Rocznik Historii Sztuki. (co edited with Andrzej Grzybkowski), Vol. XXXI Warszawa : Polska Akademia Nauk, Neriton, 2006, pp. 287.
  • Centropa, “Nationalism and Democracy” (guest editor), New York, Vol. 8, No.1 January 2008, pp. 66.
  • Perspektywy wspolczesnej historii sztuki. Antologia przekladow "Artium Quaestiones" [Perspectives of Contemporary Art History. Anthology]. (co edited with M.Bryl, P.Juszkiewicz, W.Suchocki) Poznan: Wyd. UAM, 2009, pp. 1088.
  • Artium Quaestiones (co edited with Wojciech Suchocki), Poznan, vol.vol. VIII-XX, Poznan, 1997-2009

Most important articles and essays published since 2000 (selection from total ca.300):

  • „The Grey Zone of Europe ”, in: Bojana Pejic, David Elliot (eds.) After the Wall. Art and Culture in Post-Communist Europe, Stockholm : Moderna Museet, 1999-2000; reprinted: in: Phoebe Adler, Duncan McCorquodale (eds.) Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe, London: Black Dog Publishing, 2010, pp.199-206
  • „Modernism and Socialist Culture: Polish Art in the late 1950s”, in: Style and Socialism. Modernity and Material Culture in Post-War Eastern Europe, ed. S. E. Reid, D. Crowley, Oxford & New York : Berg Publishers, 2000.
  • "The Geography of Central-East European Art”, Borders in Art. Revisiting ‚Kunstgeographie‘, ed. K. Murawska-Muthesius, University of East Anglia, Norwich/ Institute of Art, Warsaw 2000.
  • "Framing of the Central Europe ”, 2000+ ArtEast Collection. The Art of Eastern Europe . A Selection of Works for the International and National Collection of Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Innsbruck : Orangerie Congress/ Wien-Bozen: Folio Verlag, 2001.
  • “Male Artist's Body. National Identity vs. Identity Politics”, Primary Documents. A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since 1950s, eds. L. Hoptman & T. Pospiszyl, New York / Cambridge MA : MOMA/ The MIT Press, 2002, also in: Bojana Pejic (ed.)Gender Check: A Reader. Art and Theory in Eastern Europe, Koln: Walter Konig, 2010, pp. 127-137
  • „Modernity and Nationalism. Avant-Garde and Polish Independence, 1912- 1922”, Central European Avant-Gardes: Exchange and Transformation, 1910-1930, Los Angeles / Cambridge MA : Los Angeles County Museum of Art/ The MIT Press, 2002.
  • “Ein neue Kunst – ein neuer Staat”, Der neue Staat. Polinische Kunst, 1918-1939, zwischen Experiment und Repräsentation, R. Schuler & G. Gawlik (eds.), Wien: Leopold Museum/ Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2003.
  • „Agoraphobia after Communism”, Umeni/ Art. Journal of the Institute for Art History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 2004, No. 1; different version: „Visual Art Policy in Poland : Democracy, Populism and Censorship”, Populism. The Reader, New York / Frankurt am Main : Lukas & Sternberg/ Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2005, ss. 187-193.
  • “ Central Europe in the Face of Unification”, Who if not we should at least try to imagine the future of all this, eds. Maria Hlavajova and Jill Winder, Amsterdam : Artimo, 2004, pp. 271-281.
  • „Between Place and Time: a Critical Geography of ‘New' Central Europe ”, Time and Place. The Geohistory of Art, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann and Elizabeth Pilliod (eds.), Hants: Ashgate, 2005, pp. 153-171.
  • „Art Criticism in Defence of Regionalisation in post-1989 Eastern Europe ”, The Regionalisation of Art Criticism: Its Possibility and Interventions in Space, AICA, Taiwan, 2005, pp. 13-21.
  • „Von der Neoavantgarde zur kritishes Kunst – vom weichen Socialismus zur unvollkommenen Democratie/ From Neo-Avant-Garde to Critical Art – From Soft Socialism to Imperfect Democracy”, Kontakt... aus der Sammlung der Erste Bank-Gruppe/ Kontakt... works from the collection of Erste Bank Group, Wien: Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, 2006, pp. 62-73.
  • „ Poland ”, East Art Map. Contemporary Art and Eastern Europe, IRWIN (ed.), London : Afterall Book, 2006, pp. 245-251.
  • „Mapping the Legacy of the Political Change of 1956 in East European Art”, Third Text, London : Routledge, Vol. 20, Issue, 2, March, 2006, pp. 211-221.
  • “ Auschwitz vs. Auschwitz ”, Zerstörer des Schweigens. Formen künstlerischer Erinnerung an die nationalsozialistische Rassen- und Vernichtungspolitik in Osteuropa, Frank Grüner, Urs Heftrich, Hans-Dietrich Löwe (hrsg.), Köln: Böhlau, 2006, pp. 515-530.
  • “Drang nach Westen. The Visual Rhetoric of Polish ‘Western Politics,' in the 1930s”, Visuelle Erinnerungskulturen und Geschichtskonstruktionen in Deutschland und Polen 1800 bis 1939, Robert Born, Adam S. Labuda, Beate Störtkuhl (hrsg), Warszawa: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk, 2006, pp. 465-480.
  • “On ‘Two Voices of Art History'”, Grenzen überwindend, Katja Bernhardt, Piotr Piotrowski (hrsg), Berlin : Lukas Verlag, 2006, pp. 42-56.
  • „Beyond Democracy”, Centropa, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2008, pp. 5-15.
  • „Jenseits der Demokratie. Zum Verhaltnis von Kunst, Staat und Kirche in Polen”, Springerin, Vol. XIV, No. 4, Herbst 2008, pp. 42-47.
  • „On the Spatial Turn, or Horizontal Art History”, Umeni/ Art, No. 5, 2008, pp. 378-383; shorter versions: "Towards Horizontal Art History", Crossing Cultures. Conflict, Migration, and Convergence, Jaynie Anderson (ed.), Melbourne: The Miegunyah Press, 2009, pp. 82-85; "Towards a Horizontal History of the European Avant-Garde", Europa! Europa? The Avant-Garde, Modernism and the Fate of a Continent, , Sasha Bru et al. (eds.), Berlin: De Gruyter, 2009, pp. 49-58; shorter version: "On the Spatial Turn", Promises of the Past. A Discontinuous History of Art in Former Eastern Europe, Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2010, pp. 212-215 (also French Edition)
  • „How to Write a History of Central-East European Art”, Third Text, vol. 23, No. 96, 2009/1, pp. 5-14.
  • „Modernism after the end of Modern Art/ Modernism parast moods kunsti loopu”, Different Modernisms, Different Avant-Gardes. Problems in Central and Eastern European Art after World War II/ Erinevad Modernismid, Erinevad Avangardid. Kesk-ja Ida-Euroopa Kunstiprobleemid Parast Teist Maailmosoda, Sirje Helme (ed.), Tallinn: Eesti Kunstimuuseum KUMU, 2009, pp. 208-233.
  • „Gender after the Wall”, Gender Check. Feminity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe, Bojana Pejiæ (ed.), Wien/ Cologne: Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig/ Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, 2009, pp. 236-240.
  • „New Museums in East-Central Europe: between Traumaphobia and Traumaphilia”, 1968, 1989.Political Upheaval and Artistic Change, Clair Bishop and Marta Dziewanska (eds.), Warsawa: Museum Modern Art, 2009, pp. 148-166.
  • „In Search for an Alternative - a Response to Beuys”, Na okraglo: 1989 - 2009/ Over and Over Again: 1989 - 2009, Aneta Szylak and Jan Sowa (eds.), Wroclaw: Korporacja Ha!art/ BWA - Galeria Sztuki Wspolczesnej, 2009, pp. 131-144.
  • „Museum: From the Critique of Institution to a Critical Institution”, (Re)Staging the Art Museum, Tone Hansen(ed.), Henie Onstad Art Center, 2011, pp. 70-90.
  • „From Communist to Post-Communist Condition”, Recuperating the Invisible Past, Ieva Astahovska(ed.), Riga: Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, 2012, pp. 16-27.
  • „From the International to the Cosmopolitan"”, L'Internationale. Post-War Avant-Gardes between 1957-1986, Christian Holler(ed.), Zurich: JRP|Ringier, 2012, pp. 302-310.
  • „Writing on Art after 1989"”, The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds, Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg, Peter Weible(eds.), Karlsruhe/ Cambridge MA: ZKM|Center for Art and Media/ The MIT Press, 2013, pp. 202-207; German version "Schreiben uber Kunst nach 1989", Kunstforum International, Marz-April 2013, pp. 70-85
  • „Critical Objects. The De-Musealization of Art?"”, The Challenge of the Object, G. Ulich Grossmann, Petra Krutisch (eds.), Nurnberg: Germanishes Nationalmuseum, 2013, pp. 406-410.
  • „Avant-Garde Art in Post-Communist Central Europe"”, Decentring the Avant-Garde, Per Backstrom and Benedict Hjartarson(eds.), Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014, pp. 117-141.
  • "East European Art Peripheries Facing Post-Colonial Theory" http://nonsite.org/article/east-european-art-peripheries-facing-post-colonial-theory; Polish larger version: "Wschodnioeuropejskie peryferia artystyczne w obliczu teorii postkolonialnej", Konteksty, 2014/ LXVIII, No. 2 (305), pp. 262-272.


Full bibliography in chronological order: Bibliography