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Sebastian Bieniek

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Sebastian Bieniek, 13 July 2018.

Sebastian Bieniek (born 24 April 1975) is a Polish-German artist.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Sebastian Bieniek, 2007, during a press conference at the 10th Shanghai International Film Festival.

Bieniek was born in Czarnowąsy, Upper Silesia/Poland, and until the age of 14 he grew up in the Upper Silesian village of Kup. In 1989 he left Poland as a late repatriate.[citation needed]

In 2001 he got a grand (residency) of the DFJW in Rennes/France where he spent a half year and took part in a group exhibition called "Aux voyageurs",[2] curated by Bettina Klein. In the same year he graduated at the UdK Berlin.

In 2002 he started to study movie directing at the DFFB Berlin, where he made several movies. His 2007 made full-length movie "The Gamblers" was part of the official competition of the 10th Shanghai International Film Festival.[3] His 2008 made movie "Silvester Home Run"[4] was part of the international short-film competition of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata[5] and also shown at the Montreal World Film Festival.


The artistic work of Sebastian Bieniek encompasses film, performance, writing and visual art.

2012 he made a performance the Art Market Budapest Art Fair, 2013 at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle and 2016 at the University Church Marburg[6].

"Man on Canvas Nr. 1", 2013. Photography by Sebastian Bieniek.

In 2011 he wrote the book REALFAKE (ISBN 978-3-942835-35-0 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.), in which he analyzed group formation and behavior in the social media and supplemented it by his own experiences, experimental arrangements and thoughts.

Between 2002 and 2017 Bieniek made following movies: "The Gamblers" (2007, 87 min.), "Nothing with shoes" (documentary, 2002), "Sand" (2003), "Silvester Home Run" (2005), "Sugar" (orig. "Zucker", 2005), "Anamnesie" (2003), "Entschuldigung Laterne" (2003) and "Zero" (2002).[citation needed]


In 2013 Bieniek collaborated with the German INTRO music magazine for a photo shoot.[7] In 2015 he made a photo shoot for the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine.[8] In 2015 he collaborated with the French fashion designer Simon Porte Jacquemus at the Paris Fashion Week.[9] In 2016 he cooperated with the "Institute for church building and contemporary art" at the University of Marburg when being a part of the Liturgy Specific Art art-performance serial.[10] In 2016 he also cooperated with the director and Head Curator of the MONA Museum (Australia), Olivier Varenne for his online exhibition project at collectionair.com.[11]


In 1999 Sebastian Bieniek had his first solo exhibition, named "Natural Born Sugareaters", in the Kunsthaus Tacheles (Berlin).[citation needed] In 2000 he participated in the "Festival of Vision"[citation needed] exhibition in the Hong Kong Arts Centre (Hong Kong), and in 2002 he participated in the HICETNUNC exhibition in the Villa Manin (Italy).[citation needed] In 2014 he had a solo exhibition in the Nicola von Senger Gallery[12] (Zürich) and the Ho Gallery in Vienna.[citation needed] In 2016 he had a solo exhibition in the Potemka Contemporary Art Gallery (Leipzig) called "The Imitation of the Imitation",[13] the Fotogalerie Friedrichshain called "The Melancholy of the Elephants"[14] and the "Views"[15] group show by the Bahrain Arts Society in Manama (Bahrain).


In 2017-2018 the Italian dancers Federica Aloisio and Sabrina Vicari created a dance-show called EIOKA inspired by Bieniek's artwork which was shown across Italy and became the winner of the Premio Strabismi 2017[16].

In 2015–2016 fashion designers Simon Porte Jaquemus, Cecilia Devana and Inês Marques said that their work drew some of its inspiration from Bieniek's work.[17][18][19]

In 2014 several publications wrote that a scene in the "Marilyn Monroe" video of Pharrell Williams is inspired by Bieniek's artwork.[20][21][22]


  1. "Theculturetrip magazine "Top 5 Influential Contemporary Berlin-Based Artists"". theculturetrip.com. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  2. "Website of the DFJW with a record of the "Aux voyageurs" exhibition (openend 13.1.2001 in Rennes)". www.dfjw.org. Archived from the original on 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  3. "List of movies in the official competition of the 10th Shanghai International Film Festival". blog.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  4. "Silvester Home Run | filmportal.de". www.filmportal.de. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  5. "German Films: press release. Movies participating at the Festival International de Cine de Mar del Plata 2008". www.german-films.de. Archived from the original on 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  6. "Sebastian Bieniek. Liturgy-Specific-Art. Universitätskirche | Universitätskirche Marburg". Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  7. "Modestrecke: Ich bin die eine von uns beiden". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  8. "Der Künstler Sebastian Bieniek schafft mit Haaren und Make-up ganz neue Persönlichkeiten". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  9. "Models get Picasso face and monobrows at Paris". Archived from the original on 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  10. "Sebastian Bieniek. Liturgy-Specific-Art. University Church of Marburg". universitaetskirche.de. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  11. "Collectionair". collectionair.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  12. "Sebastian Bieniek - Ausstellungsansichten". www.nicolavonsenger.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  13. "Sebastian Bieniek - the Imitation of the Imitation". www.potemka.de. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  14. "Fotogalerie Friedrichshain | Sebastian Bieniek »The Melancholy of Elephants«". 2016-03-21. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  15. "SEBASTIAN BIENIEK – Views Bahrain". www.viewsbahrain.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  16. in3minuti.it (2018-08-03). "EOIKA, vincitore del Premio Strabismi 2017, ieri sera nella Valle. Di Enza Di Vita". in3minuti.it (in italiano). Retrieved 2018-08-19.
  17. Thawley, Dan. "Vogue Jacquemus Fall 2015 inspired by Sebastian Bieniek". Archived from the original on 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  18. "Inês Marques inspired by Sebastian Bieniek" (in português). Archived from the original on 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  19. "Fashion Block 2016 - Cecilia Devana inspired by Sebastian Bieniek's Manualism serial". Susumba. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  20. "Swiss magazine writes about plagiarism of Sebastian Bieniek's artwort in Pharell Williams Marilyn Monroe music video". Private View (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  21. "French Inferno magazine writes about plagiarism of Sebastian Bieniek's artwork in Pharrell Williams Marilyn Monroe music video". INFERNO. 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  22. "German intro magazine write about the plagiarism of Sebastian Bieniek's artwork in the Pharrell Williams Marilyn Monroe Music video". Retrieved 2016-07-27.

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