Born: Buenos Aires, Argentina;  Lives and works in London, UK


2023 Silvia Kolbowski, MAMCO, Geneva. Curated by Julien Fronsacq.

2022     Who will save us?!, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland. Curated by Melanie Ohnemus.

2020     A Few Howls Again: Silvia Kolbowski, Gallery 44, Toronto. Curated by M. Asimakis, J. Quinton, A. Sutcliff.

2016     an inadequate history of conceptual art, Galerie Colbert, Institute National dhistoire de lart, Paris. Curated by Johanne  Lamoureux.

2011     A Few Howls Again? Broadcast on Vision Siete Internacional, Buenos Aires. Curated by Francisco Ali Brouchoud.

2009     After Hiroshima Mon Amour, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.

2009     After Hiroshima Mon Amour,Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2009     Silvia Kolbowski: Nothing and Everything, Galerie Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal.

2008     After Hiroshima Mon Amour,  La><art, Los Angeles.

2007     Silvia Kolbowski: an inadequate history of conceptual art, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw.

2004     inadequate...Like...Power, Secession, Vienna

2003     Unposed,Y8, Hamburg, curated by Benita-Immanuel Grosser.

2002     Like Looking Away, American Fine Arts, New York.

2001     Seven x 7, Seven, New York.

2000     an inadequate history of conceptual art, Western Front, Vancouver.

1999     an inadequate history of conceptual art, American Fine Arts, New York.

1997     Closed Circuit, Postmasters Gallery, New York.

1995     These goods are available exhibition in six commercial sites in London, and at Galerie Roger Pailhas, Paris, Desiring Practices, London

1992      Once more, with feeling, and "Already," Postmasters Gallery, New York

1992     Once more, with feeling, Galerie Roger Pailhas, Paris
1990     Project, Harry Winston, Inc., New York (with Postmasters Gallery, New York)

1989     Enlarged from the Catalogue: USA, Postmasters Gallery, New York
1988     Postmasters Gallery, New York

1988     Interim Art, London
1986     Nature Morte Gallery, New York 1985 Nature Morte Gallery, New York 

1982     Silvia Kolbowski, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo

1980     what was the right answer, Artists' Space, New York


Images Festival; Kunstverein Nurnberg, Germany; KW, Berlin; Gallery 44, Toronto; ICA, London; Courtauld Institute, London; Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Cooper Union, New York;San Francisco Art Institute, SF; Centro Hospitalar Psiquiatrico, Lisbon; Muthesius Hochschule, Kiel; Bard College, NY; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Parsons/New School, NY; Princeton University, NJ; Brandeis University Massachussets; University of Pennsylvania; Carnegie Mellon Institute, 2nd Annual Babson Filmmaker lecture; Institute for Contemporary Art London; Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis; Yale Union, Portland; Emily Harvey Foundation, New York; Carnegie Mellon School of the Arts, Washington University in St. Louis; Harvard University; 


2023        Who will save us?Images Festival, Toronto

         Everyone an Island After All?, GAK, Bremen

        Third Skin, at OP ENHEIM, Warsaw.

             Everyone an Island After All?, GAK, Bremen.

2022       Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising, LACMA, Los Angeles

                Our Selves, Photographs by Women Artists from Helen Kornblum. Museum of Modern Art, NY.

              Upheaval/Fragments, Lausitz Festival, Gorlitz, Germany

2021      Reprise, Michele Graf & Selina Gruter, Margaret Honda, Silvia Kolbowski, Felix Gaudlitz Gallery, Vienna.

                Zeroes and Ones, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

2020       Group Exhibition, Kyffhauserstrasse 31, Ginerva Gambino, Cologue. Curated by Dennis Brzek and Simone Curaj.

2019      The Intolerable Straight Line, Galerie Art & Essai, Rennes. Curated by Maud Jacquin and Sebastien Pluot.

2019     Terror, Urban Art Center, Gorzow, Poland. Curated by Leszek Golec.

2019       Una presentacion sobre la insuficiencia de las imagenes, La Cueva, Mexico City. Curated by Jared Quinton.

2018      The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co., 1983-2004, Hessel Art Museum.  Curated by Jeanine Tang, Ann Butler, Lia Gangitano.

2017  Tension and Conflict, MAAT, Lisbon. Curated by Pedro Gadanho.

2017  You may add or subtract from the work..., Mackey Garage, MAK Center, Los Angeles. Curated by Simon Leung  + Sebastien Pluot.

2017  Frame by Frame, Calicoon Fine Arts, New York.

2017   That I am reading backwards and into for a purpose, to go on, The Kitchen, New York. Curated by Magdalyn Asimakis, Alexandra Sutcliffe, Jared Quinton.

2017   Narrative Art, MAMCO, Geneva. Curated by Paul Bernard, Lionel Bovier, Julien Fronsacq.

2017  In Vitro, Bodega Gallery, New York. Curated by Josephine Graf.

2016  In place of, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. Curated by Leah Pires.

2014  A WAR E, Syros International Film Festival, Greece. Curated by Kostas Stasinopoulos.

2014   Take it or Leave it: Institution, Image, Ideology, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Curated by Johanna Burton and Anne Ellegood.

2014    Breaking News from the Ether: A letter always arrives at its destination," Centre de Culture Contemporaine, Montpellier. Curated by Sebastien Pluot.

2013    what was the right answer and A few howls again?,  Sammlung-Hoffmann, Berlin.

2013     Art by telephone...recalled. Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, and several international venues. Curated by Sebastien Pluot and Fabien Vallos.

2012   A few howls again?, A-Space, Toronto. Curated by Pablo de Ocampo for the Images Festival.

2012   This will have been: Art, Love & Politcs in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Curated by Helen Molesworth.

2012    Art and Fashion/Clothing, Museum Moderner Kunst Siftung Ludwig, Vienna. Curated by Susanne Neuburger.

2011   The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1992, The Neuberger Museum; the Nasher Museum. Curated by Helaine Posner and Nancy Princenthal.

2010      A few howls again?, Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan. Curated by Tirdad Zolghadr.

2010     Film Matters, Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens. Curated by Barbara Piwowarska.

2010     Double Bind: Stop Trying to Understand Me!, Villa Arson, Nice. Curated by Sebastien Pluot and Dean Inkster.

2010    Dissociation, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart. Curated by Axel Wieder, Tobias Kaspar, Egija Inzule.

2009     A Few Frames: Photography and the Contact Sheet, Whitney Museum of Art, New York.

2009   The Third International Center of Photography Triennial of Photography and Video, ICP, New York.

2009   Our Time, Smallbox, Hospital Julio de Matos, Lisbon, and other venues.

2006    The Look of Law, University Art Gallery, University of Irvine.

2006     Points d'Impact, Piano Nobile, Geneva.

2006    Artist's Books, revisited, Art Metropole, Toronto and Printed Matter, New York.

2004     The Last Picture Show, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and other venues.

2004        Rapture, Barbican Art Gallery, London. Curated by Chris Townsend.

2004     Architourism, Arthur Ross Gallery, Columbia University.

2001      PHAG, Inc., New York.

2001      Aussendienst, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg. Curated by Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen. [final stage unrealized].

2000    The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art. Curated by Lawrence Rinder.

2000     Black Box, Oliver Art Center, Oakland. Curated by Lawrence Rinder.

1996       Something for Nothing, in Present and Futures, Center de Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona. Curated by Ignasi de Sola Morales.

1996      100 Pictures, American Fine Arts Gallery, New York.

1996     Making Pictures: Photographs by Women, 1975-present, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York.

1996     Design for a Viennese Memorial to the Jewish Victims of the National Socialists, Vienna, in collaboration with Eisenman Architects, [invited competition].

1995        Like the Difference between Autumn/Winter '94/'95 and Spring/Summer '95 in Architectures of Display, Comme des Garcons, New York. Installation in collaboration with Eisenman Architects, sponsored by the Architectural League and Minetta Brook, New York.

1994        L'Homelette in House Rules, The Wexner Center, Columbus. In collaboration with Smith Miller+Hawkinson Architects.

1993        Commodity Images, International Center of Photography Midtown, New York.

1993    DisContinuous Spaces, The Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, and School of Architecture Gallery, Princeton University, Princeton, in collaboration with Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects.

1993    Design for an art center, Tours, France (invited competition), consultant.

1991   Postmasters Gallery, New York

1990    Marginal Practices, Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York

1990   New Directions, S. Bitter-Larkin Gallery, New York

1990    Charade of Mastery, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York.

1990     Word as Image, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee.

1990.   The Desire of the Museum, The Whitney Museum ofAmerican Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York.

1990   Jet Lag, Turon Travel, NY.

1990    Sculpture Show, THE Gallery, NY

1990     Image World: Art and Media Culture, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

1988    Fabrications, Carpenter Center, Harvard Diversity, Boston

1988    Material Ethics, Milford Gallery, NY

1988     Signs of the Times, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris

1988   The Politics of Gender, Queensborough Community CollegeGallery, NY

1988    A Drawing Show, Cable Gallery, NY

1988   Female Reproduction, White Columns, NY

1988   The Selling of Ourselves, 10 on 8, NY

1988    Modes of Address: Language in Art Since1960, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown, NY

1987    Inclusion in The Castle, Group Material project, Documents 8, Kassel, Germany

1987   Romance, Knight Gallery, North Carolina

1987   This is Not a Photograph, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota

1987  Aspects of Voyeurism, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, NY

1987  Perverted by Language, Hilwood Art Gallery, Long Island University

1987  Art Against Aids, Nature Moree Gallery, NY

1987  Three Artists from New York, Binghamton University Art Center, Binghamton

1986   Picture This, Hallwalls, Buffalo

1986   The Fairy Tale: Politics, Desire and Everyday Life, Artists Space

1986   The Public Art Show, Nexus Gallery, Atlanta

1985   Transitional Objects, Galerie Philip Nelson, Lyons

1985   Thought Objects, Cash/Newhouse Gallery, New York

1985  Photo-Object, Postmasters Gallery New York

1985    Fact, Fiction, and Fantasy, Center Gallery, Bucknell University

1985   Engendering Gender, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

1985   Talking Back to the Media, Aorta Gallery, Amsterdam

1985  Seduction: Working Pictures, White Columns, New York

1984   Difference: On Representation and Sexuality, New Museum of Contemporary Art

1984   Re-placements, Hallwalls, Buffalo

1983     Fashion Fictions, White Columns, NY

1983  The Stolen Image and its Uses, Light Work Gallery, Syracuse

1983   Extended Photography, Wiener Secession, Vienna.

1983    Working Process, Organization for Independent Artists at the New York cultural Center, NY

1980   An/other History, PS One. In collaboration with Laurie Hawkinson.

1980  AEIOU and Sometimes Why, Organization of Independent Artists at the New York Municipal Court Building, NY


2018 Terra Foundation for the American Art, Giverny, France

2017 Senior Loeb Fellow, Harvard University

2014 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Artswriters grant

1989  National Endowment for the Arts

1996 New York Foundation for the Arts


2000-2020 Advisory Board, October Journal

1993-2000 Co-editor, October journal

2007-2010 Advisory Board, Filip Journal

2001-2006 Editor, Scapes journal, Parsons School of Design

1980-1983 Fellow, Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, NYC


Silvia Kolbowski Papers, The Archives, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College


         The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

         The Museum of Modern Art, New York

         The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

        The Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles

           Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley

         Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin

           MAMCO, Geneva

         CCS Bard/Hessel Museum, New York

         Various private collections

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