Lukas Glinkowski in Naples for the first time in Italy

LUKAS GLINKOWSKI IN NAPLES – The appointments in art galleries intensify with the approach of the autumn season. There are various proposals from Italian and international artists to spread different cultural messages, to show their own inner and social research. Points of view, knowledge and belonging to places and disparate cultures lend themselves as opportunities to reflect. On Friday 23 September 2022 at 7.00 pm the first solo exhibition in Italy of the Polish artist Lukas Glinkowski entitled “00” opens at the Luigi Solito Galleria Contemporanea.

An eclectic artist Lukas Glinkowski, Polish by origin and German by adoption, transfers, through his works, his experiences lived at the turn of an era. 13 unpublished works designed by the artist for the space in the former wool mill. Lukas Glinkowski, who lives and works in Berlin, will also be present in the gallery at the 00 exhibition to welcome discussions with critics, curators, journalists, collectors and the interested public. The exhibition 00 has the support of the ANGAMC trade association, lo NEA space And emme editions. The exhibition 00 by Lukas Glinkowski participates in the XVIII Contemporary Day promoted by AMACI and in the European Heritage Days 2022.

Lukas Glinkowski’s work focuses mainly on painting, often creating an imagery that is combined with fragments of urban places, films and comics. Spaces that reflect everyday culture, such as public toilets or subway stations, closely linked to trends in electronic music, comics and pop culture. Through his own artistic point of view on architectural and sociological structures, he examines these spaces as a reflection of society.
As a support for his paintings, the artist does not use canvas but materials such as mirrors, tiles, wood, glass and wallpapers.In recent years Lukas Glinkowski has expanded his creative work by involving viewers. For his solo show “I like disco & disco likes me” (2017, Cologne) he drew inspiration from his past as a nightlife frequenter in the nineties, setting up a showroom with white tiles, sinks and mirrors that recalled the aesthetics of the bathrooms of discos. Visitors to the exhibition were invited to leave “scribbles” on the walls to make this room their own and help make it more authentic. Taking a cue from the culture of comics and pop art, Lukas uses figures from children’s and youth literature, fictional figures (avatars) that connect the viewer – through their own reflection – to the heroes and idols of pop culture. Indeed, Glinkowski refers to several psychological assumptions: one of these is the “theory of reflection”. According to this theory, by observing and analyzing the behavior of others, we begin to identify with it, just as if we were looking in the mirror. Thus opening a scenario on the history of the mirror in art, from Velázquez to Pistoletto. He uses an even more deformed version (as in life) thanks to the mirror film which, unlike real mirrors, never returns the shapes in a clear and sharp way.

Another behavior that can be observed, when dealing with real or fictional characters, is the “chameleon effect”: the unconscious imitation of gestures, attitudes and obvious moods adapted to the person’s body language he is interacting with. Are children and adolescents who choose their idols and heroes by adopting their gestures, style and posture creating their “real” personality? What effect does adult behavior have when they are inspired by social network influencers? Do they present their true “I” or is it the creation of an ideal image of themselves? And what is meant by “true me”?
These are all questions that Glinkowski asks the spectators by introducing real masks into his works, very often that of a vampire (which has also become his logo), in the sign of a legendary myth that oscillates between death and immortality.


Lukas Glinkowski, born in Chełmno (Poland) in 1984, moved to Berlin at the age of three. From 2007 to 2014 he studied fine arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Reinhold Braun, graduating as a master student of Katharina Grosse.
After numerous group exhibitions in off-space spaces and intended for social projects, Lukas Glinkowski in 2017 exhibited his first solo exhibition at Bruch & Dallas in Cologne: “I Like Disco & Disco Likes Me” – an interactive installation that refers to his acquaintances in the disco club scene. In 2019 Glinkowski received the Villa Aurora Stipend in Los Angeles and was awarded the Berlin Hyp Förderpreis. In 2019-2020 he participated in the traveling exhibition “NOW! Painting in Germany today ”where he presented works with large-format mirrors at the Kunstmuseum in Bonn, at the Museum Wiesbaden, at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser and at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg. More recently (2020-2021) Lukas Glinkowski exhibited his works at Studio Berlin under the artistic direction of the Boros Foundation along with many famous Berlin artists. In 2021, with Luigi Solito’s gallery he participated with a work of his in the exhibition “Portal # 2 – Naples / Berlin”, a collective of 16 international artists linked to the Berlin scene. Lukas Glinkowski lives and works in Berlin.

Luigi Solito Contemporary Gallery – Ex Lanificio, Piazza Enrico De Nicola 46, staircase B – floor 1, Naples

Monday – Friday> 9.00 – 18.00 / Saturday and Sunday> by appointment

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Lukas Glinkowski in Naples for the first time in Italy