Łukasz Skąpski studied painting in Cracow and lives there. He makes photography, video films, installations, objects, etc. Throughout the 90-ties light and motion (almost imperceptible changing) were subjects (and materials) of his work. The Devices series, one of his best recognized works, conceptually and symbolically pertains to this area. Perfectly made optical instruments were designed to “facilitate spiritual experience” and should be interpreted as a critic of “new society” values. His latest works move more openly towards social or political issues, expressing his civic concerns. In 2001 he co-founded Azorro Supergroup, which has played a significant role in Polish artistic life being “institutional critic” with quite an ironic view of the art-world practices. Simultanously he made video dealing mainly with social and political matters.

Curriculum Vitae - Łukasz Skąpski


- Studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, Poland - 1977-82
- Scholarship of Ministry of Culture and Art, Poland - 1982-84       
- Art Scholarship in the Artist's House, Boswill, Switzerland - 1985           
- Guest artist of Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix-en-Provence, France - 1988
- Lived in Beijing, China - 1989-91
- Scholarship of Ministry of Culture, Poland - 2001-02
- Rouse Kent Public Art Award 2001 - 2001
- Founding member of Azorro group - since 2001
- Teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków - 2002-2009
- Scholarship of Ministry of Culture, Poland - 2004
- PHD degree at the Academy of Fine Arts, Multimedia, Poznań - 2006
- Scholarship of Ministry of Culture, Poland - 2009
- Teaches photography in the Graphic Faculty in PJWSTK in Bytom - 2009-2011
- Teaches Intermedia at the Art Academy in Szczecin - 2010-2012
- Profesor of Art Academy in Szczecin - 2012
Lives and works in Cracow and Szczecin

Works in Collections:

Art Museum, Łódź; National Museum, Kraków; National Museum, Warszawa; Museum of Contemporary Art Kraków, Kraków; Znaki Czasu Foundation, Kraków; Zacheta National Gallery, Warszawa; Silesian Museum, Katowice; Museum of Photography, Kraków; Galeria Arsenal, Białystok; Galeria Studio, Warszawa; Upper Silesia Museum, Katowice; Kronika Gallery, Bytom; Wyspa Art Institute, Gdańsk; Bialystok Zachęta Contemporay Art Collection, Białystok; Zachęta Contemporary Art Collection, Łódź; Zachęta Contemporary Art Collection, Zielona Góra; Galeria Arsenał, Białystok; CSW Znaki Czasu, Toruń; Zachęta Contemporary Art Collection, Szczecin; Lemaitre Collection, London;


- Warsaw Under Construction, Contemporary Art Muzeum, Warszawa, PL
- Money to Burn,  Zachęta National Gallery, Warszawa, PL (z Azorro)
- Intermarium, Plusmínusnula, Kunsthalle Žilina, SK (z Azorro)
- Intermarium, Chimera-Project Gallery, Budapest, H (z Azorro)
- Common Affairs, Deutche Bank Kunsthalle Berlin, DE (z Azorro)
- Dada, Polish Sculpture Museum, Orońsko, PL
- Intermarium, Futura Gallery, Praha, Cz (z Azorro)

The Last Act, Garrage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, RUS (z Azorro)
- Art Has No Alternative, Transit, Bratislava, SK (z Azorro)

- The sea. Troubled Water, Baltic Art. Biennale, Szczecin, PL

- Urzekająca paralaksa/Bewitching Paralax, National Museum, Poznań, PL

- Tiff Festival, Awangarda BWA Gallery, Wrocław, PL
- Wisła. Z nurtem i pod prąd propagandy. Cracow Photomonth, Kraków, PL- Pure Formality, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin, PL
- METROPOLIS, Silesian Museum, Katowice, PL
- State of Life Polish Contemporary Art. In Global Context, National Art Museum of China, Pekin, PRC
- Community Art Festival, Times Museum, Guangzhou, PRC (with Azorro) 

- Nervous System, Fotogalerie Wien, A (with Azorro)
- Abstract Hooligans, Galeria F.A.I.T. | Kraków, PL
- Powrót do szkoły/Return to School, National Museum, Szczecin, PL
- Łódź Design Festival, Łódź, PL
- Artloop Festiwal, Sopot, PL
- Holocaust effects…, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, HU (with Azorro)
- Atlas of Modernity. Collection of Art of XX and XXI century, ms2, Art Museum, Łódź - Polish Artists Short Film Screening, Loft345, Guangzhou, CN (z Azorro) -
Przaja moimu hajmatowi, Galeria Kronika, Bytom, PL
- Day Is Too Short, (Few autobiographical stories), Galeria Miejska Arsenał, Poznań, PL (z Azorro)

- Na zachęte do muzeum, ms1, Art Museum, Łódź, PL
- Day Is Too Short, (Few autobiographical stories), Contemporary Museum, Wrocław, PL (z Azorro)
- GMO Kills Honey, Miejsce Projektów Zachęty, Warszawa, PL
- 10m2 of Cracow Winter Air, ArtBoom Festival, Kraków, PL
- „It isn't important it's only art…", Emil Filla Gallery, Usti nad Łabą, Cz (with Azorro)

- „One Sixth of the Earth. Ecologies of Image". ZKM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, D

- ECODIY, Zachęta Sztuki Współczesnej, Szczecin, PL
- „Hotel de Inmigrantes", Manifesta 9, Parallel Events, Hasselt, Be
- „Hungry City”, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, D

- „Fountain”, Polish Sculpture Museum, Orońsko, PL

- “Hotel de Inmigrantes”, Manifesta 9, Parallel Events, Hasselt, Be

- „Gloves of Jeff Koons”, CSW Kronika, Bytom, PL

- „One Sixth of the Earth” - Ecologies of Image, MUSAC, Léon, E
- „Medial Emergency”, National Museum, Szczecin, PL

- 2011     
- „Site Inspection". The Museum on the Museum, The Ludwig Museum, Budapest, HU (with Azorro)
- „Eyes Looking For a Head to Inhabit”, Art Museum, Łódź (Muzeum Sztuki Łódź), PL
- „Gift Exchange”, Contemporary Museum Wrocław, PL

- National Museum Krakow Collection, Ministery of Culture and National Heritage, Warszawa, PL 

- „Fluxus east", Fluxus - Henie Onstad Art Centre, Hovikodden, NO (with Azorro)

- „Spectrum". From the Zachęa Video Collection Screenings in the Ursula Blickle Videolounge,Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL (with Azorro)

- „The Last Film", Raster, Warsaw, PL (with Azorro)

- „Riding the Wave", Waterside Project Space, London, UK (with Azorro)
- „Das Dorf”, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal, CH
- „Minimal Differences", White Box, New Jork, USA (with Azorro)

- „The arsist in the (art) society", Galerie Emilia Filly, Ústí nad Labem, CZ (with Azorro)

- „…on the eastern front.” Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009, Ludwig Muzeum,Budapest, H (with Azorro)
- „Generation 80. Independent Young Art 1980-1989”, National Museum, Krakow, PL
- „Behind the counter“, Mucsarnok, Budapest, H
- „Die kleine Improvisation”, POLNISCHE KUNST HEUTE, Stadtgalerie Kiel, D
- „Grand Prix”, Fotofestiwal, Łódź Art Center, Łódz, PL

- „The artist in the (art) society", Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, CH(with Azorro)

- „Como diría Roland Barthes", ni te cases ni te embarques, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES (z Azorro)

- „The Making of Art", Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, DE (with Azorro)

- „Lucim żyje/ Lucim Lives On “, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej, Znaki Czasu, Toruń, PL
- „Absurd Agent“, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, UK (with Azorro)

- „Kwiaty naszego życia / Flowers of Our Lives “, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej, Znaki Czasu,Toruń, PL
- „Neighbours“, The Naval Museum, Karlskrona, S
- „Resignation“, Raster Gallery, Warsaw

- „Fluxus East“, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, D (with Azorro)
- „Dowcip a wladza sądzenia. Asteizm w Polsce", Contemporary Art Centre Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw

- Łódz Biennial, Łódź, PL

- „In the New Reality of Europe”, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Modern Art Museum, Nagasaki, Japan, (with Azorro)
- „Boys”, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, PL

- „New Video, New Europe.” The Renaissance Society, Chicago (with Azorro)

- "Public Rituals", Museum Moderner Kunst, Ludwig Stiftung, Wien, Austria (with Azorro)


- Azorro Supergroup: Hamlet, Das Ende der Kunst und andere kurzfilme, Schlachthaus Theater Bern (with Azorro)

- „Farewell?”, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, PL

- „Fitness”, Zone of Actual Art, Szczecin, PL
- Museum Night, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, CH (screening) (with Azorro)
- „Shade”, National Museum, Kraków, PL

- „Machines”,  film show, Goldex Poldex, Kraków, PL

- „Selbstgemacht“, Żak Gallery, Berlin

- „Machines”, Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam
- „Grey Area”, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków
- „Machines”, Galeria Potocka, Kraków
- „Lukasz Skapski - Recent Video Works”, Location One, New York
- „Machines”, Galeria ON, Poznań

- Museum of History of Photography, Kraków
- BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, Poland (with Azorro)

- Globe Gallery, Newcastle
- Peer, London

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