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Offizielle Webseite mit aktuellen Informationen über den in Berlin lebenden Künstler Sebastian Bieniek sowie Beispielen seiner Arbeit. Die aktuellesten Beispiele seiner Arbeit finden sie auf der Facebook-Seite des Künstlers. Hier der Link.

NEWS 2015


Neue Webseite im Aufbau.

Unter der Webadresse www.bieniek.at befindet sich gerade eine neue Webseite von Sebastian Bieniek im Aufbau.
Die Seite passt sich neuen Anforderungen im Zusammenhang mit Internetnutzung durch Smatphones an und wird in der
englischen Sprachen geführt werden.

Die bisherige Webseite wird aber weiterhin bestehen und in deutsch geführt werden.


27th of may 2015 wrote Milena Estrada Pedraza for artctualite.com about Sebastian Bieniek.

Sebastian Bieniek or the last (and not least) man standing.

What is to be an artist? According to the oxford dictionary, an artist is “a person who creates painting or drawings as a profession or hobby”. Nevertheless this 16th century conception is out-dated, for over five decades, performers and dancers have become artists as well. The complexity of defining an artist only begins here, the artist being an entity changing with the pulse of the world that he inhabits. Marcel Duchamp, the major Artist (with a capital “A”) of the 20th century, inventor of what we know as “ready-made” is a clear example of the evolution of this word. With his Porte bouteille or his very peculiar Fountain, Duchamp redefined the whole concept making the creator an authority, a keen and critical eye, a sort of mirror reflecting the world. Pierre Bourdieu once compared artists to prostitutes affirming that both of them are marginal and acute critics of the society in which they live. Furthermore artists and prostitutes alike despise and depend directly of the bourgeoisie, which makes them as complex as essential parts of the western civilization.

Sebastian Bieniek fits perfectly with this definition of the artist. In a Facebook post where he defended his book, Real Fake, Bieniek revisits the notion of art and artist. What do Charles Chaplin, Frida Kahlo, Marilyn Monroe and Napoleon have in common? They’re icons that have turned into brands. What remains of them is a distorted image, a mere ghost of what they were. Bieniek, and here I quote, suggests that these icons aren’t real, “they are constructions of wishes, dreams and imaginations of billions of people, therefore – because of dreams which they personify and not because of they own – they are what they are. And therefore they are the cultural property of everyone and everyone can do with them whatever he wants to do”. Artists and pop culture icons, even religious icons belong to the same category, they do not represent individuals but embody a common idea, a universal value. The French philosopher Gilles Deleuze is his book The Movement Image explains his theory of the affection-image in which everything is erased through the close-up. This cinematic and photographic feature enhances the universal emotion, it could be sadness, joy or rage, the individual physiognomy is no longer important for the face becomes a whole. This is exactly what happens with icons, they do not represent someone but something bigger than them, a collective desire or a pure reflection. Sebastian Bieniek’s work is nothing but a mirror, sharply questioning our society and more important, the spectator.

What the art world has become and at a wider scale, what the human race has turned into? In 2009, Bieniek dressed himself with a burqa for the Art Forum Berlin, as a result he couldn’t get in. He tried again later, this time without the Muslim textile, no further problem… Later on, he put again the burqa; subsequently he was asked to leave the Art Fair. Sebastian Bieniek shows us the absurdity of moral codes and the hypocritical values that rule our society. Humour, cynicism and satire are the keys elements to understand Bieniek’s work; everything has to be seen through “the looking-glass”. What was the hidden message behind this? A plausible answer to this seemingly pointless behaviour is criticism. Fighting absurdity with absurdity. Art fairs have become synonyms of wealth and power, what the artist stands for is unimportant, for the consumer, the buyer is the real star. Undeniably, art represents capital and it always has been so. In the Renaissance, kings and wealthy families bought and commanded portraits to great artist, then, why such a fuss? For hundreds of years mankind has worked the same way. And here’s when we realise that nothing or not much has changed. The way of the future as told by Howard Hughes is nothing but lies, for human nature has to face the same issues over and over; we are all Sisyphus, mankind is represented by this young men carrying the same stone over and over.

Moreover, human nature is at the very centre of Sebastian’s work. His acclaimed series, the “double-faced” had made him gain visibility, he even was invited to reproduce the double-face concept on the face of fashion models for Jacquemus during the Fashion Week in Paris. What’s behind the double-face idea? It could be our alter ego, the otherness inherent to human nature. With these series Bieniek leaves behind the crudeness and mockery to go deeper into humanity. Which face is real and which face fake? Which Bieniek is the real one, the artist or the one hiding behind?

Furthermore, Sebastian doesn’t please everyone, in his Facebook page and Instagram account the virulent posts and threats abound. Why so? He is unapologetic and claims to be a genius. Nonetheless, we have to keep in mind that art is a game for him, a ludic and constant “mise en scène”. The artist uses mass media tools in order to promote the dialogue between him and his audience, and by doing so he demystifies social networks. The Internet is not an enemy but a device that has to be employed intelligently.

Sebastian Bieniek is a figure moulding to his time. Not only he does that but also has the sensitivity to criticise and point out what’s wrong with us as a civilization. Bieniek seems to renew the image of the outcast Artist who puts ill at ease and gets into everybody’s skin. He’s not of the taste of everyone but surely his work and him don’t let anybody indifferent. Bieniek truly denounces everything that’s wrong without taking care of the result. That’s why I permit myself to call him the last man standing in a sea full of cowards.

By Milena Estrada Pedraza

Link to the original website


Fotostrecke mit sechs Fotografien von Sebastian Bieniek im SZ Magazin.

Am 24sten April erschien im Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin eine Fotostrecke von Sebastian Bieniek. Die Fotostrecke
besteht aus sechs Fotografien welche ein Teil des Oeuvres von Sebastian Bieniek widerspiegeln.

Das Magazin wird von rund 1.000 000 Lesern gelesen.

Fotografien von Sebastian Bieniek im Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin Heft 17/2015

Link zum Magazin


Kali Talked Interview mit Sebastian Bieniek (entstanden am 02.04.2015)


Am 27sten März wurde die Ausstellung "17,3" mit Arbeiten von Sebastian Bieniek und Dirk Baumanns im Kunstverein Familie Montez eröffnet.

Am 27sten März wurde die Ausstellung "17,3" mit Arbeiten von Sebastian Bieniek und Dirk Baumanns eröffnet. Die Ausstellung findet im Kunstverein Familie Montez in Frankfurt am Main statt. Die Rede zu der Ausstellung hielt der langjährige Geschäftsführer der Dokumenta und Herausgeber Roman Soukup.

Die Ausstellung dauert bis zum 26sten April und ist Teil der Veranstaltung "Nacht der Messen in Frankfurt 2015"

"17,3" exhibition in Kunstverein Familie Montez Frankfurt am Main 27.03-26.04.2015. Sebastian Bieniek & Dirk Baumanns.

Posted by Sebastian Bieniek on Sonntag, 29. März 2015


Sebastian Bieniek kollaboriert bei der Paris Fashion Week mit dem französischen Designer Jacquemus.

Der französische Stardesigner Jacquemus bot im März Sebastian Bieniek eine Kooperation an. Daraufhin reiste Sebastian Bieniek nach Paris und machte seine Show zum weiltweiten Erfolg.

In der Show wurden die Modelle des Designers von Sebastian Bieniek entsprechend seines "Doublefaced-Konzepts" bemalt.

Jacquemus ließ sich auch bei der Kleidung von Bieniek inspierieren. Die Serie Facination von Bieniek, deren Merkmal eine schwarze Hand ist, inspirierte ihn zu seinen Kleidern.

Bilder der von Sebastian Bieniek veränderten Modells wurden weltweit, selbst in der New York Times und in Deutschland sogar in der Bild Zeitung gezeigt.

Ein Modell von Jacquemus, das von Sebastian Bieniek
mit dem "Doublefaced-Look" versehen wurde

Arbeiten von Sebastian Bieniek, die Jacquemus zu seiner Collection inspirierten



Sebastian Bieniek im designboom magazin!

Das weltgrösste online Magazin für design und architektur designboom stellt zum zweiten Mal innerhalb von zwei Jahren Sebastian Bieniek's Arbeiten vor.

Das letzte mal stellte das Magazin Sebastian Bieniek's Serie "Doublefaced" vor und machte sie damit weltberühmt. Diesmal wurde die neue Selbstportrait-Fotoserie "Me & My Friends" von Sebastian Bieniek vorgestellt.

"Me & My Friends No. 17", Sebastian Bieniek, 2014.

Die Serie besteht aus mittlerweile 20 Fotografien die unter anderem in Berlin und Lissabon entstanden sind. Weitere Fotos, die in Paris und Madrid gemacht werden folgen.


Am 27ste März 2015 wird eine Doppelausstellung von Sebastian Bieniek und Dirk Baumanns in Frankfurt am Main eröffnet werden.

Am 27sten März wird in den Räumlichkeiten des Kunstvereins Familie Montez eine Doppelausstellung von Sebastian Bieniek und Dirk Baumanns eröffnet werden. Sebastian Bieniek stellt seine neuen grossformatigen Gemälde vor.

Link zur Webseite des Kunstverein's Familie Montez in Frankfurt.

Sebastian Bieniek vor dem Gemälde mit dem Titel "Premium Painting" (200 x 190 cm. Öl auf Leinwand), welches unter anderem
in der Ausstellung gezeigt wird.


Am 19ten März wird in der Odalys Gallery in Madrid eine Einzelausstellung von Sebastian Bieniek eröffnet werden.

Am 19ten März eröffnet die Odalys Gallery in Madrid die erste Einzelausstellung von Sebastian Bieniek in Spanien. Es werden 20 bisher nicht gezeigte Gemälde gezeigt werden und zehn Fotografien aus der Doublefaced Serie.

Zu der Ausstellung erscheint in spanischer und englischer Sprache ein Katalog.

Die Odalys Gallery, die unter anderem in Caracas und Miami eine Niederlassung hat plant eine langfristige Zusammenarbeit mit Sebastian Bieniek und die Vertretung auf Messen in Spanien, Japan, Hong-Kong, Nord - und Südamerika.

Link zur Odalys Gallery

"Triplefaced No. 2" (Öl auf Leinwand), Sebastian Bieniek 2013. Eines der zwanzig Gemälde die bei der Ausstellung gezeigt werden.


Am 03 März 2015 präsentiert der Stardesigner Simon Porte Jacquemus in Paris seine neueste Kollektion, die in Zusammenarbeit mit Sebastian Bieniek entstanden ist.

Sebastian Bieniek wird zur Präsentation in Paris sein und zusammen mit dem Designer die Show ausrichten. Einige der Modells werden nach der Art von Sebastian Bieniek's Fotographien prepariert sein. Viele der vorgestellten Kleider sind Motiven von Sebastian Bieniek's Gemälden entnommen.


Sebastian Bieniek's Arbeit wird in einer Auktion in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Auktionhaus Sotheby's versteigert.

Das Gemälde "Das Bild das nichts ist und alles sein könnte" aus der UPO Serie von 2012 wird am 26 Februar in der Akademie der Künste in Wien versteigert werden.

Zur Auktion und Ausstellung erscheint in einer Auflage von 5000 Stück ein Katalog.

Unten das in der Auktion angebotene Gemälde. "Das Bild das nichts ist und alles sein könnte"  (UPO 2). 30 cm. x 24 cm. Öl auf Leinwand. 2012.


Das sociart network magazine schrieb und dem Titel "SEBASTIAN BIENIEK: UN GENIO O UN FOLLE?" folgenden Artikel über Sebastian Bieniek's Arbeit:

Sebastian Bieniek è un artista polacco, classe 1975, che vive ed opera a Berlino.
Circa quindici anni fa decise di rinchiudersi dentro un pilastro bianco con solo un braccio fuori e la gente era invitata a fare dei tagli e qualsiasi altra cosa gli sembrasse opportuno. Questo macabro esperimento è servito a dimostrare come la gente creda a quello che gli pare: sebbene la sua pelle sanguinasse e bruciasse, la maggior parte della gente era fermamente convinta (o fingeva di esserlo) di avere davanti il braccio di un manichino fatto bene.
Ma le sue performance assurde non si fermarono certo qui. Qualche tempo dopo, si è rinchiuso in un magazzino con tonnellate di carne macinata messa a marcire: la notte era assalito dai topi e di giorno non poteva respirare per il fetore. Questa esperienza, che egli stesso definisce la più orribile della sua vita, gli ha fatto capire che esistono dei limiti oltre i quali non bisogna spingersi.

E dopo qualche altra serie di bizzarre e provocatorie performance, ha scoperto un nuovo amore nella fotografia.

"Secondfaced No. 7", Sebastian Bieniek, 2014.

Ultimamente, ha sviluppato un’idea geniale con cui ha creato una serie chiamata “Doubleface”, sarà capitato a chiunque di imbattersi in una sua foto sui social network vista la popolarità che sta acquistando. Le Doubleface sono degli scatti in cui viene ritratta una persona con metà viso reale e metà disegnato con matita e rossetto. Lui stesso afferma che quest’idea è nata grazie a suo figlio Bela: “Una mattina non si poteva muovere per via di un dolore alla gamba ed era molto triste. Ho provato a farlo sorridere ma non ci sono riuscito. Così ho deciso di disegnargli una faccia più allegra sul volto.” Ha preso, quindi, una matita nera della sua compagna, ha disegnato un secondo volto sulla sua faccia e ha scattato una foto. Poi l’ha pubblicata sui social network e la reazione è stata inaspettata. È stato così che ha cominciato questa serie di straordinarie foto.

Un’altra serie, più recente, sulla scia della precedente è “Bi-faced”, in cui viene rappresentato un volto umano, spesso a testa in giù, con un volto dipinto con un colore contrastante e sottosopra. L’effetto che da è quello di vedere un volto completamente diverso dal reale ma con gli occhi di una persona vera.

Le sue opere sono esposte in varie gallerie di tutto il mondo ma lui stesso afferma che preferisce condividere i suoi nuovi progetti col pubblico dei social.

Sebastian Bieniek è dunque un genio o un folle? Be’, come tutti i grandi che sono passati alla storia, da Duchamp a Piero Manzoni, possiamo definirlo un artista follemente geniale.

Link zum Artikel


Das Westwood online magazine schrieb und dem Titel "Sebastian Bieniek’s controversial performance pieces stun viewers" folgenden Artikel über Sebastian Bieniek's Arbeit:

German director, photographer, author, and, of course, artist Sebastian Bieniek creates brilliant multimedia works that seem to explore the duplicity of modern reality and popular reaction to art and performance. He’s well-known for his controversial performance pieces, his filmography, including “The Gamblers”, which competed in the 2007 Shanghai International Film Festival, his 2011 book “REALFAKE,” and his painting and photography collections.

Several of Bieniek’s intriguing and unique 90’s performance pieces involved his body as the subject. In 1998, he adapted a bank robbery in the Deutsche Bank of Berlin as an art performance. In 1999, he exhibited “Born To Be Bulette,” a controversial display of the artist submerged in a circular white tub containing 500 kg. of meat for 3 days. Confused and curious passersby observed and tried to make sense of the scene – a side profile of Bieniek’s body visible in a slightly elongated fetus curl.

Another such performance piece was “Hand Without a Body,” a 14-day display of Bieniek hidden inside a white block with only a profile of his arm visible. He had asked viewers to make a cut in his arm, resulting in a final photo depicting a mangled dripping bloody mess that reflects social response to freedom of inflicting pain unto others.

Perhaps the series that’s won him the most recognition, though, is “Doublefaced,” which was chosen by Designboom Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Body Art Of 2013″ and by the Designcollector Magazine as one of the “Top 2013 Photography” exhibits.

Using only an eye pencil and lipstick, Bieniek translates an image of a face onto the skin. He draws the “fake face” on the side of the female model’s real face, carefully concealing one eye and the far side of the real face by strategically covering it with hair. What’s left is a cross between realities; a drawing of a girl on a real girl, one eye seemingly dead and looking out into nothingness, while the other is alive, human, and full of depth and emotion.

The series follows a “doublefaced” hybrid girl through her daily activities – resting in bed amongst crumpled white sheets, drinking coffee from a miniature porcelain cup, riding the subway, leisurely smoking a cigarette, or applying lipstick. It’s a strange and almost uncomfortable concept for the viewer. She appears to be applying red lipstick to the illustration’s lips at first glance, but it quickly becomes clear that it’s actually the girl’s cheek.

Bieniek has utilized elements of modern art and live performance to entertain and enthrall onlookers.  His body of work has proven to be diverse, eye-catching, and incredibly controversial.  He is without a doubt one of the most innovative talents producing art today.

Link zum Artikel



Unter dem Titel ""SOMETIMES DARKNESS DOESN´T FEEL LIKE THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT" findet am 17ten Januar im Kreuzberg Pavillon eine Ausstellung mit Arbeiten von Sebastian Bieniek, Nina Hannah Kornatz, Ceylan Öztürk und Hannes Uhlenhaut statt.

Die Eröffnung findet um 20h statt. Die Adresse lautet
Naunynstrasse 53, 10999 Berlin.

Die Gemäldereihe "Homeland Security" von Sebastian Bieniek, die in der Ausstellung gezeigt wird.