Krzysztof Wodiczko

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Krzysztof Wodiczko, Personal Instrument, 1969-1972.
Born April 16, 1943(1943-04-16)
Warsaw, Poland
Lives in New York City, United States
Collections Walker 23, Mocak Kraków 11, MS Łódź 9, MAC Lyon 5, Macba 2, Pompidou 1, MSNW Warsaw 1, MCA San Diego 1, MoMAK Kyoto 1, MMCA Seoul 1, Art Bank Ottawa 1
Wodiczko, The Homeless Vehicle, 1988-1989 (5th Avenue, New York City, 1988).

Krzysztof Wodiczko (1943) is an artist renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments. He is Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

The Engineer of Art - Krzysztof Wodiczko,, 2016.

He has realized more than 90 of public projections and installations in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, Turkey, Germany, Holland, Northern Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Since the late 1980s, his projections have involved the active participation of marginalized and estranged city residents. Simultaneously, and also internationally (England, Finland, France, Poland, Holland, Japan, Northern Ireland, Spain, Sweden and the US) he has been designing and implementing a series of nomadic instruments and vehicles with homeless, immigrant, and war veteran operators for their survival and communication.

Wodiczko’s work has been exhibited in Documenta (twice), Paris Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Lyon Biennale, The Venice Art Biennale (Canadian and Polish Pavilions), in Magiciens de la Terre exhibition, Paris, Venice Biennale of Architecture, The Whitney Biennial, Yokohama Triennale, International Center for Photography Triennale, New York, The Montreal Biennale (2014), The Liverpool Biennale (2016) and other international art festivals and international exhibitions. In 2009, he represented Poland in the Venice Biennale. In 2017, Wodiczko has held a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul.

Since 1985, he held many major retrospectives at such institutions as the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum Sztuki, Lodz; Fundacio Tapies, Barcelona; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford CT; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw; the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, DOX Contemporary Art Center, Prague, Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, Poland (2015) and in FACT Foundation for Art Culture and Technology in Liverpool (2016).

He is a recipient of the Hiroshima Art Prize in 1998 “for his contribution as an international artist to world peace”. He is also recipient of Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, the Georgy Kepes Award, MIT, the Katarzyna Kobro Prize, and "Gloria Artis" Golden Medal from Polish Ministry of Culture.

Krzysztof Wodiczko is a former Director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies and the head of Interrogative Design Group at MIT and since 2010 is a Professor and a coordinator of Art, Design and the Public Domain, a postgraduate (MDes) concentration at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

He was teaching at Warsaw School of Social Psychology (SWPS), and since 2013 is a visiting Professor at the Media Arts Department of Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw.

Before beginning his full time work work at MIT (1992) and at Harvard (2010), Krzysztof Wodiczko was holding full time academic positions in such institutions as the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax NS (intermedia art) New York Institute of Technology (history of modern art and basic design) , University of Hartford CT (photography), Cal Arts, California (photography and public art), Ecole superieure nationale des beaux arts Paris (Atelier focusing on critical art and public space). He also taught on part time basis at Ontario College of Art (industrial design), Cornell Universty (public art), the Cooper Union (public sculpture), Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (Basic Design), Warsaw’s Politechnique (Industrial Design) and Trent University’s Cultural Studies, Peterborough, Ontario (history and theory of the artistic avant-garde).

His works are part of following public and private collections: Art Bank, Ottawa, Canada • Centre Pompidou, Paris • Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, U.S.A. • Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw, Poland • Galeria Foksal, Warsaw, Poland • Fonds National d’Art et de Culture, Ministère de la Culture, Paris • Fonds Régional d’Art et de Culture d’Île de France • Ministère de la Culture, Paris • Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona • Hiroshima City Museum Of Contemporary Art • Israel Museum, Jerusalem • The Jewish Museum, New York • Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, MI, U.S.A. • The Linc Group, Chicago, IL, U.S.A. • Museum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland • Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA • Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France • Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain • Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland • Contemporary Art Center Warsaw • National Gallery, Ottawa • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto,Japan • New Museum of Contemporary Art, NewYork • Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia • Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT, U.S.A. • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, U.S.A. • Fundacja Signum, Poznań, Poland • The Silverstein Collection, Detroit, MI, U.S.A.

Wodiczko’s books include Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews published by MIT Press (1999), a large monograph of his works titled Krzysztof Wodiczko (2012), September 11: City of Refuge (2009), The Abolition of War (2013) by Black Dog Publishing, London, followed by expanded Polish edition under the title Obalenie Wojen by MOCAK (2014), Guests by Charta (2009), and a comprehensive collection of his writings ‎titled Transformative Avant-Garde and Other Writings (2016) by Black Dog Publishing, London.

Krzysztof Wodiczko’s work has been presented as a part of PBS television series Art 21, Art in the Twenty-First Century: Season III.

He received Master degree in Fine Arts, (With Distinction) in Interior Architecture and Industrial Design from Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw (1968). He has a Doctoral Degree in Media Arts from Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2013) and doctorats Honoris Causa from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland (2008) and from Maine School of Art (2007).

Lives and works in New York City, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Warsaw, Poland.(2022, 2022)


  • Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews, MIT Press, 1999, 227 pp.
  • September 11: City of Refuge, 2009.
  • Guests, Charta, 2009.
  • Krzysztof Wodiczko, London: Black Dog Publishing, 2011, 368 pp. A collection of installations and projects. Contributors: Rosalyn Deutsche, Lisa Saltzman, Andrzej Turowski, Dick Hebdige, Denis Hollier, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Dora Apel. [1] [2]
  • The Abolition of War, London: Black Dog Publishing, 2013.
    • Obalenie Wojen, MOCAK, 2014. Expanded edition. (Polish)
  • Transformative Avant-Garde and Other Writings, London: Black Dog Publishing, 2016. Collection of writings.
    • 크지슈토프 보디츠코 지음, 〈변형적 아방가르드〉, trans. 정주영 옮김, Seoul: Workroom, 2017, 424 pp. [3] (Korean)
  • with Adam Ostolski, Socjoestetyka, Warsaw: Krytyka Polityczna, 2016, 352 pp. Excerpt. [4] (Polish)
Essays, talks


  • Krzysztof Wodiczko. Na rzecz domeny publicznej, ed. Bożena Czubak, Łódź: Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi, 2015, 367 pp. Publisher. Exhibition. (Polish)
    • Krzysztof Wodiczko. On Behalf of the Public Domain, Łódź: Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, 2015, 367 pp. Publisher. (English)



  • Dora Apel, "Technologies of War, Media, and Dissent in the Post-9/11 Work of Krzysztof Wodiczko", ch 1 in Apel, War Culture and the Contest of Images, Rutgers University Press, 2012, pp 17-46. [10]