Born in 1959 in Pabianice. In the years 1980-1986 he was associated with the Łódź artistic community. In 1988 he moved to Warsaw. Since 2006, he has been leading a nomadic lifestyle: in 2006 he lived and worked in Greece, then for two semesters at the turn of 2008 and 2009 he ran a guest studio at the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU) in Prague.

One of the most recognizable Polish contemporary artists. He is the author of objects, installations, videos, video installations, photographs, and multimedia activities. He began his artistic activity in the early 1980s, referring to current political events. In December 1981, in response to the imposition of martial law, he designed leaflets and posters against the events at the Wujek mine. He also printed leaflets for “Solidarity”. In the spring of 1982, he had his first individual exhibition at the Lodz attic, in the fall he was arrested by the Security Service and sentenced to a year and a half in prison for preparing and distributing anti-regime prints. This period is considered to be formative for his creative personality. After he was released from prison, in 1983-1986, he joined the activities of the Lodz Drop Culture, a spontaneous initiative by artists from all over Poland and abroad, centered around the Lodz Loft. At that time, the first video works were created: “Intimate Rites” (1984), “Mystical Perseverance” (1984), “How to Train Girls” (1987). At the end of the 1980s, while living with Zofia Kulik and Przemysław Kwiek for two years, he participated in many of Zofia Kulik’s works, posing for her photographs. In the nineties, his earlier work was considered pioneering towards the so-called critical art, and he himself was referred to as the “father of critical art”. He started exhibiting in galleries, and his works met with a great response. Libera then began creating sculptures and objects. It was then that, among others, the works “Christus ist mein Leben” (1990), “Kąpielowicz” (1991). Referring to his 1987 film “How to Train Girls”, in the mid-90s he created a series of fictional toys for children, used to “train” and teach specific behaviors in their assigned gender and social roles. The most famous work, and at the same time causing a lot of media hype, is the work from 1994 “Lego. Concentration Camp ”, which consists of a series of photographs and packages of Lego blocks, which the artist suggested to build a concentration camp. In the early 2000s, Libera began to make his photographic series, “Positives” (2002-2003), “Masters” (2004) and the series “The Gay, Innocent and Heartless”, presented in the exhibition space of the Profile Foundation in 2008, which was accompanied by original book of the same title. Since 2010, with the help of the Profile Foundation, he has been implementing the project “Reality is flat”, which is a study of the relationship between the two- and three-dimensional space. One of its effects was the exhibition presented in 2010 at the headquarters of the Profile Foundation.

Selected individual exhibitions:


Metric Measures and the Unicorn, 66P, Poznań


The Latest Contraception of Documentary Photography, MCSW Elektrownia, Radom


 It’s Not My Fault That This Sculpture Rubbed Against Me, Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture, Warsaw


Judgement Night, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin (with Roee Rosen)


The Flat Reality, Atlas Sztuki, Lodz

Wojna:obrazy martwe i ruchome, Państwowa Galeria Sztuki, Warszawa

Positive, Kraszewski Museum, Dresden


Reality is Flat, Profile Foundation, Warsaw

Zbigniew Libera. Works from 1982 – 2008, BWA, Wroclaw


Zbigniew Libera. Works from 1982 – 2008, Zacheta  National Gallery of Art, Warsaw


The Gay, Innocent and the Heartless, Profile Foundation, Warsaw

La Vue, Fotografická galerie Fiducia, Ostrava

Masters and Positives, BWA Gallery, Zielona Góra


Photographs, Galerie Krinzinger, Wien

Pozitivy, Stredoeurópsky dom fotografie, Bratislava


Work From 1984–2004, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Photography, Raster Gallery, Warsaw

Nouvelles impressions d’Afrique, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris

Ce que fait E’Stafette, L’Institut Polonais, Paris (& Darek Foks, trans. Erik Veaux, Onestarpress)

Pozytivy, Polsky Institut, Praha


Masters and Positives, Polish Institute, Sofia

What is the Messenger Girl Doing, Kronika, Bytom (& Darek Foks, Ars Cameralis)


Masters and Positives,  Atlas Sztuki art gallery, Łódź; PGS, Sopot; BWA  Awangarda Gallery, Wrocław; Municipal Gallery Arsenał , Poznań; Biblioteka Płockiego Towarzystwa Naukowego, Płock Positives, Casino Luxembourg; Gallerie RLBQ, Marseille; Gallerie Danysz, Paris 


The Other Type of Prison, American-European Art Associates, New York 


Correct Me If I’m Wrong, Guy Mc Intyre Gallery, New York 


Correct Me If I’m Wrong, Galleri Wang, Oslo; Galleri Faurschou, København


Corrective Facilities, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw


Prace z powietrzem i elektrycznością, ZPAP Galeria na Mazowieckiej, Warszawa


Prace z powietrzem i elektrycznością, Laboratorium Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw


Teatr Studio Gallery, Lodz


Video. Rysunki. Obiekty, Graodyka BWA, Lublin  


On Paper, Profile Foundation, Warsaw                                            

Private Exhibition,  Asymetria Gallery, Warsaw                         

Kens’ aunt, lokal_30, Warsaw 

Sculpture in Search of a Place, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw


Theft and Destruction, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok


FOGHORN. The theme of the transformation in works from collection II od Arsenal Gallery , Arsenal Gallery, Białystok 

Body works. exhibition and incidents, State Art Gallery , Sopot 

Trip, BWA, Wrocław                                                                               

Empty Signifier / archive, Wolskie Centrum Kultury, Warsaw             

Polish Hospitality, MWW, Wrocław                   

Private Mythologies. Martha’s Birthday – Permament Exhibioton from the Contemporary Art Collection From Wrocław Contemporary Museum , MWW, Wrocław   


Czym jest Oświecenie? 200 lat Gabinetu Rycin BUW, Muzeum nad Wisłą, Warsaw  

MEDITATIONS OF FIBONACCI + the corduroy bunny| facing Katarzyny Kobro (1898-1951), MWW, Wrocław                           

World peace begins at the family table, ZAMEK Culture Centre,  Poznań 

Niepodległe. Women, Independance and National Discourse, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw                    


From Artificial reality to a selfie. Self-portrait in the art of contemporary Polish artists, BWA, galeria Awangarda, Wrocław                               

Art Fairs COSMOSCOW, Gostiny Dvor, Moscow                      

Black spring. On Wrocław’s independent music scene of the 1980s. , MWW, Wrocław

The Finger- A collaboration between RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv and Raster Gallery, Raw Art Gallery, Tel Aviv                   

Retouch, Galeria Duża Scena UAP, Poznań

Teraźniejszość? , Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole                                


Z głębi. Artyści Muzeum Śląskiemu, Muzeum Śląskie, Katowice           

Activities with family, Raster Gallery , Warsaw                                             

In the Light of the 20th Century Avant , Atlas Sztuki, Lodz                                         

It’s getting better and even better? The presentation of Kolekcja II, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok         

Niesamoświadome. Muzeum Archeologiczne jako pełen niespodzianek i przygodności kosmos rzeczy, zdarzeń, ludzi i nie-ludzi, Muzeum Archeologiczne, Cracow

Salon Odrzuconych, Państwowa Galeria Sztuki, Sopot                           

Bread and Roses. Artist and the Class Divide, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw     

Wyświetlanie widzenia, Galeria Salon Akademii, Warsaw               

Intermarium, Futura Gallery, Prague                                                       

Medicine in Art, MOCAK, Cracow                                                  

Illegibility. Palimpsests, Muzeum Pana Tadeusza, Wrocław     

Scuff Mark on Eyelid, BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice           

L’arte differente: MOCAK al MAXXI, MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Art, Rome    


Wyspa 3.0. Mapa i terytorium, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk

Stance or Distance? , Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

The Wild West. A history of Wrocław’s avant-garde, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Ruchome obrazy, BWA Contemporary Art Gallery , Wrocław

Poland – Israel – Germany: The Experience of Auschwitz, MOCAK, Cracow

State of Life. Polish Contemporary Art within a Global Circumstance, National Art Museum of China, Pekin

Sammlung Dr. Werner Jerke. Eine Auswahl, Atlas Sztuki, Lodz

Truth, Beauty, Goodness, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art,  Warsaw

Gender in art, MOCAK, Cracow

Ars Moriendi/Sztuka umierania, BWA Tarnów, Tarnów

Vertical Reach, Art Space, New Haven

Umenie na hlave. Poľské súčasné umenie / Procedures for the Polish Art Today, Kunsthalle Bratislava


Progress and Hygiene, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art , Warsaw

Grażyna Kulczyk Collection. Everybody is Nobody for Somebody, Fundacion Banco Santander, Madrid


Freelancer, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw


Zbigniew Libera Open Form Studio, tranzitdisplay, Prague

History in art, MOCAK, Cracow

The Power of Fantasy, Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels


Ostatni film. Artyści o porażkach swoich i swojej galerii, Raster Gallery, Warsaw

Wyjście ludzi z miast, CSW Kronika, Bytom

Dziewięć tytułów, BWA Zielona Góra, Zielona Góra

Nothing important, is just art, The National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu

Case for reoccurrence of child illnesses, Karlin Studios, Prague

Minimal Differences, White Box, New York City, NY

Powtórka z Teorii Widzenia, CSW Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw

Na okrągło: 1989 – 2009, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk 

I Could Live in Africa, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw

Press Art , Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg

Agents & Provocateurs, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund

Neighbours/ Nachbarn. German motifs in contemporary Polish art, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Łaźnia, Gdańsk

Sukienka, Zamek Culture Center, Poznań

Early Years, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art , Berlin

Morality ACT IV: I could live in Africa, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

 Gender Check, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw


The Hidden Decade, Polish video art 1985 – 1995, Bunkier Sztuki, Cracow

Storia Memoria Identità: fotografia contemporanea dall’Est Europa,  Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Modena

Sukienka, Mazovian Centre of Contemporary Art Elektrownia, Radom

Agents & Provocateurs, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújvàros, Dunaujvaros
Gender Check. Rollenbilder in der Kunst Osteuropas, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien

Performance Art of the 80’s Comparision: Jiri Kovanda, Hassan Sharif, Zbigniew Libera, Tina B. The Prague Contemporary Art Festival 09, Praha Crossing Frontiers, Galeria hlavního mêsta Prahy, Prague

Ohne Uns!, Prager Spitze, Dresden

The social critique 1993-2005, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar

Interwencje, National Museum in Warsaw, Warsaw

Gone to Croatan, Center of Contemporary Art in Torun, Torun

Heroes’ Peak, Bunkier Sztuki, Cracow

Na okrągło: 1989 – 2009, Hala Stulecia, Wrocław

Weltpanorama, 6 Biennale Fotografii. Fotografia/ideologia/polityka, Poznań

The Charm of Power (on dispersed power, ideology and seeing), Arsenał Municipal Gallery, Poznań

Agent Absurd, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast Wasser und Wein, Der Katholische Faktor in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Städtischen Galerie Leerer Beutel, Regensburg

43 zagrebački salon. Primijenjene umjetnosti i dizjan, Zagreb

Fotojam, Dům pánů z Kunštátu, Brno


Mediation Biennale 08, Mediation Biennale, Poznań 

Big Boys’ Games, Gallery Appendix2, Warsaw

Demons. Contemporary Artists from Poland and Israel and the Spirits of the Time, MoBy, Bat Yam, Israel

Points of Reference, National Museum in Warsaw, Warsaw

Regarde de tous tes yeux, regarde, L’art contemporain de Georges Perec, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes

Babylon. Mythos Und Wahrheit, Pergamonmuseum, Berlin

Przełóż to: Kolekcja niemożliwa, Wyspa Institute of Art , Gdańsk 

The Red Eye Effect. Polish Photography in the 21st Century, Ujazdowski Castle Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw

Opowiedziane inaczej, Centre of the Contemporary Art Laznia, Gdańsk and  Ujazdowski Castle Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw

International Triennale of Contemporary Art – Re-Reading the Future, International Triennale of Contemporary Art (ITCA), Prague

Lost Paradise – The Angel’s Gaze, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

Ad Absurdum,  MARTa Herford Museum of Art and Design, Herford

Raster. Transfert Gallerie Polacche a Roma 3, Instituto Polacco di Roma

Medium…Post…Mortem…,Bałtycka Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej, Słupsk

History Will Repeat Itself, Ujazdowski Castle Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw

All that Cinema, Ludwig Museum. Ludwig Múzeum – Kortárs Művészeti Múzeum, Budapest


Artyści polecają się nawzajem, Gallery Appendix2, Warsaw

Depression, Arsenal Gallery Białystok

Wit and the Power of Judgement (Asteizm in Poland),Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Attitude 2007. The House of Human Beings – Authentically Blessed Jubilance, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

Lego, Space, Bratislava 

Bodycheck, 10. Triennale Kleinplastik, Fellbach

Nachbarn. Deutche Motive in Polnischer Gegenwartskuntm, Kulturforum Altona, Hamburg

The Lost Moment, Gesellschaft für Künstlerische Forschung, Berlin

History Repeats Itself, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund; Kunstwerke Berlin

Mamidło. Women as saturated phenomenon, Galeria Program, Warsaw

Chodź opowiem ci pewną historię, Galeria Manhattan, Łodz


Post modelism, Bergen Kunsthalle, Bergen Geschichten, Geschichte, Fotomuseum, Winterthur

Photo-Trafic, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva

Is it better to be a good artist or a good person?, Rental Gallery (Raster), Los Angeles

Bad News, Galeria Kronika, Bytom

Manipulations. On Economies of Deceit, Prague Biennale II, National Gallery, Prague

Hot/Cold. Summer Loving, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

The 80’s. A Topology, Museu Serralves, Porto 


Mentality, Biennale 2006, Łodz

Broniewski, Raster Gallery, Warsaw

Second Present, Trafo Gallery, Budapest

Post-modellismus, Models in Art, Krinzinger Projekte, Wien

Peinture d’histoire(s): Astrid Klein, Marta Rosler, Zbigniew Libera, Gallerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris

Prague Biennale 2, Národní galerie, Prague

Strażnicy doków, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk

Sicht Der Dinge, Positionen Aktueller Kunst in Polen,  Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg

Faites vos Jeux! Kunst und Spiel Seit Dada, Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Vaduz

Potencjał. Kolekcje sztuki współczesnej dla muzeum, budynek Metropolitan, Warsaw

Only Make Believe: Ways of Playing, Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Falsche Erwartungen, Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Polen, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt

Revange on realism. The fictious Moment in Current Polish Art, Krinzinger Projekte, Wien 

Towards the Other. Obserwations and interventions, BWA Gallery, Katowice 


Warszawa – Moskwa, 1900–2000, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Inc. Art in the face of the corporate seizure of spaces of public expression (in Poland), XXI Gallery, Program Gallery, Warsaw

De ma fenêtre, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris 

Paisatges Mediatics, Fundacio “laCaixa”, Tarragona

E.U Positive – Kunst aus dem Neue Europa, akademie der Künste, Berlin

Mèmories du temps de l’immaturitè, Passage de Retz, Paris 

Privatisierungen, Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Osteuropa, Kunst-Werke, Berlin

Under The Red & White Flag, New Art from Poland, Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Nizhny Novgorod branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art, Arsenal, Niznhy Novgorod; Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Arts, Niznhy Tagil; National Centre for Contemporay Arts, Moscow


Sztuka III RP, Centrum Rzeźby Polskiej, Orońsko

InteGration. Art Towards Acedia, Program Gallery, Warsaw

Neuropa, XXI Gallery, Warsaw


Poland, Academia. Teatr, Warsaw

What does the dead man’s glassy eye see, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Niebezpieczne związki, Municipal Gallery Arsenał, Poznań

Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art, Jewish Museum, New York 


Irreligia, Atelier 340, Bruxelles

Milano Europa 2000. The End of the Century, the Seeds of the Future, Milano

Ironia, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

Zimna wojna sztuki ze społeczeństwem, Stowarzyszenie Teatralne Łaźnia, Cracow

Na wolności/w końcu, Królikarnia Palace, Warsaw

Negotiators of Art. Facing Reality,  Bunkier Sztuki, Crakow


Scena 2000, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

In Freiheit/Endlich, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden 

Postindustrial Sorrow, Kunsthalle, Wiesbaden

What, how and for whom, HDLU, Zagreb

L’Autre moitié de l’Europe, Galerie National du Jeu De Paume, Paris

The Toy Show, Nikolai Fine Art, New York

L’autre moitiè de L’Europe. Realitè sociale. Existence. Politique, Jeu de Paume, Paris

Negotiators of Art. Facing Reality, Center of Contemporary Art Laznia, Gdańsk

After the Wall, Hamburger Banhof, Berlin 


Aspects/Positions, MMKSLW, Wien

After the Wall, Moderna Museet, Stockholm 

Conceptual Reflection in Polish Art. Current Practices, Mobile Horizons, Centrum Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warszawa

Generations. Rösa für Jungs, Helbllau für Mädchen, Neue Gesselschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin

Rondo, Ludwig Múzeum – Kortárs Müvészeti Múzeum, Budapest 

Persuasion, Lombard and Fried Gallery, New York 

Absence/Presence, Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 

Polish Art at the End/Beginning of the Century, Manege – Central Exhibition Hall, Pushkin Gallery 10,  St. Petersburg 


Poliptyk, VII Bienale Wobec Wartości, BWA, Katowice

Medialisation, Edsvik Konst, Stockholm 

Janine Antoni, Wim Delvoye, Christian Lemmerz, Zbigniew Libera, Mark Quinn, Galleri Faurschou, København

11th Tallinn Print Triennal, Rotermann’s Salt Storage Arts Centre, Tallinn

Fragment kolekcji 3,  Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

At the Time of Writing,Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw


The Thing Between, Technische Samlungen der Stadt, Dresden 

Universalis, 27a. Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo

Videomentale. Sechs Künstlerische Positionen aus Polen, Foro Artistico in der Eisfabrik, Hanover

9. Video Fest 96, Podewil, Berlin


New’s For New Years, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 

Antibodies, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Beyond Belief, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Zbigniew Libera, Mariola Przyjemska, Roman Stańczak, Skuc Galerija, Ljubljana Universalis, XXIII Bienal Internacional de Arte São Paulo, São Paulo

Rysunek – Pierwszy zapis (z pracownia 60 artystów), Xawery Dunikowski Museum in Królikarnia, Warsaw


Zetigenössische Polbische Kunst, Kunstverein, Freiburg

Videospaces, PGS, Sopot 

Europa, Europa. Das Jahrhundert der Avantgarde in Mittel- und Osteuropa, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn

Medienbiennale Minima Media, Kunsthalle Elsterpark und Fabrikhallen der Ehemalingen VEB, Buntgamwerke, Leipzig 


Emergency, Aperto93, XLV Biennale di Venezia, Venezia

Unvollkommen, Museum Bochum, Bochum 

Marek Kijewski i Zbigniew Libera, V.I.T.R.I.O.L, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok


Miejsca nie miejsca. Najnowsza rzeźba polska, Centre of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko

Current Situation 3:3, Otso Gallery, Espoo 

Mystical Perseveration and Rose, PGS, Sopot 

XI Spotkania Sztuki Aktywnej, Konin ’92


Festival de Performances, Galeria de Arte Valgamedios, Madrid

The 4th Fukui International Video Biennale, Fukui Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Fukui

Kunst-Europa. Aktuelle kunst aus Polen, Brühler Kunstverein, Bonn; Villa Minima, Orangerie Schloss, Augustusburg

Veni. Video. Vici. CSCE Symposium on Curtural Heritage, Kraków, Bakunin in Dresden, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Doppelte Identität. Polnische Kunst zu Beginn der neunziger Jahre, Landesmuseum, Wiesbaden

WRO Sound Basis Visual Art Festival, Wrocław


AVE Festival, Arnheim Bakunin in Dresden, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf Querspur Videofestival, Linz


Suplements. Contemporary Polish Drawings, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton 

Pole, German, Russian, former Norblin’s factory, Warsaw

Libera, Truszkowski, Rydecki, Galeria PO, Zielona Góra

31 obrazów z historii polskiej awangardy filmowej, Łódzki Dom Kultury, Łódź 


Now is Now, Galeria Wyspa, Gdańsk 

Plener PSEP, Obserwatorium astronomiczne, Festiwal Nowe Media, Olsztyn

Take position. Artist before situtation of contemporary art, Galeria Stodoła, Warsaw

Polish Inter-Media Photography of Eighties, Municipal Gallery Arsenał, Poznań


Erotyzm i satyra, Foto Galerie Gauss, Stockholm 

II Biennale Sztuki Nowej, Zielona Góra

What’s up?, former Norblin’s factory, Warsaw


Expression of the 80s, BWA, Sopot 

Greetings to art officials, Pod Jaszczurami, Cracow

XIV Festiwal Sztuki Potrzebnej, Miejski Ośrodek Kultury, Kłodzko


II Plener w Teofilowie(Pitch-in Culture)

III Festiwal Filmu Prywatnego „Nieme Kino”, (Pitch-in Culture), Strych, Łódź

Festiwal Porno (Pitch-in Culture), Strych, Łódź


II Festiwal Filmu Prywatnego „Nieme Kino”, Strych, Łódź