Matylda Krzykowski plans, design, writes and talks about physical and digital space. She is the space and web curator of Civic, newly established exhibition and discourse platform at Academy of Art and Design in Basel (CH), curator-at-large of Maastricht Institute of Arts (NL) and co-curator of the exhibition Institution Building at CIVA Brussels (BE).
In 2011 Krzykowski co-founded Depot Basel, temporary place for contemporary design, Switzerland, which she co- and art directed until its closure in 2018. In 2014/2015 she was a participant of the Jan van Eyck Academy where she conducted research around formats of display in context of art, design and architecture along institutional and non-institutional strategies of representation. 2018/2019 Matylda Krzykowski was visiting professor in the Industrial / Interface Design department of the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel. Her seminars rank from Methods & Formats to Parallax – an evolving, spatial interface as an approach to design education. 2018/2019 she joined the faculty of The School of Arts Institute Chicago in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects. Appointed the Mitchell Visiting Professor she contributed with her experimental practice, project-based learning strategies and her studio seminar Objects and Spaces for Angels and Machines to an interdisciplinary community. In 2018 Krzykowski co-founded Foreign Legion, a globally active curatorial and spatial practice for systemic change. Foreign Legion’s exhibition Add to the Cake at the Arts and Crafts Museum in Dresden, referring to the phrase Add to the Canon, aimed to enact possible futures for invisible practices. Since 2020 Krzykowski writes Things Might, a column about the designed environment for Arts of the Working Class Magazine. Recently she wrote a concept for a process focused museum for the architect and designer Omer Arbel titled The Ongoing Museum and co-curated the exhibition Total Space at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. ‚Across history, the desire for total space emerges from and is catalysed by periods of global instability and cultural stasis. It’s a rush toward a new kind of feeling and a new kind of space.‘ from the PIN-UP review by Alice Bucknell.
Photo: Diana Pfammatter