Krzysztof Wodiczko

Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain, Emeritus

Krzysztof Wodiczko is Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain, Emeritus at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

He is renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments. He has realized more than 90 of such 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 BiennaleSydney BiennaleLyon BiennaleThe Venice Art Biennale  (Canadian and Polish Pavilions) in Magiciens de la Terre exhibition, Paris, Venice Biennale of Architecture, The Whitney BiennialYokohama 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”.

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 Wojenby 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.



  • Publics

    By Anita Berrizbeitia, Diane Davis, Toni L. Griffin, Daniel D'Oca, Sara Zewde, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Malkit Shoshan, George Thomas, Susan Snyder, Alex Krieger and Silvia Benedito

    January 2022