Matylda Krzykowski is a designer and curator focusing on collaborative and performative projects in physical and digital space. Krzykowski’s work is introspective, as it explores and experiments with the inner mechanisms of design, art and architecture. As such, her projects dissect the design process to its different stages – from material and personal origins, to methodologies and education; from networks to social projections, and the spectrum in between.
With a strong perspective on transdisciplinarity as discipline, her work within these questions explores not only content but also form, for which artistic links are made. Among others, her tools of exploration have included installations, scenography, art direction, choreography, reportage, TV game shows, theater and innovative and experimental formats that range from exhibitions and workshops to interventions and talks.
Krzykowski is frequently invited to juries in the cultural field and to contribute to educational institutions. Her work has been internationally presented and she has given numerous lectures and workshops worldwide.
In 2007, during her studies, Matylda Krzykowski started the independent blog Matandme.com, where she portrayed the work and life of contemporary practitioners. In 2011 Krzykowski co-founded Depot Basel place for contemporary design, Switzerland, which she co- and art directed until its closure in 2018.
In 2014/2015 she was a former participant of the Jan van Eyck Academy where she conducted research around formats of display. 2018/2019 Matylda Krzykowski was visiting professor in the Industrial / Interface Design department of the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design. Her seminars rank from Methods & Formats to Multiversum and Parallax. 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 contributes with her experimental practice, project-based learning strategies and her studio seminar Objects and Spaces for Angels and Machines to an interdisciplinary community of artists and designers. In 2018 Krzykowski co-founded Foreign Legion, a globally active curatorial and spatial practice for systemic change.
Tal Erez, 2018
‘Many of the most influential design curators are female: notably Paola Antonelli at the Museum of Modern Art and Beatrice Galillee at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, Zoë Ryan of the Art institute in Chicago; Catherine Ince at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; Matylda Krzykowski in Berlin; and Cecilia León de la Barra in Mexico City.’
Source: Design as an Attitude by Alice Rawsthorn
‘Berlin-based impresario Matylda Krzykowski is reinventing the very foundations of design and its curation. Her transdisciplinary, geographically mobile practice includes installations, choreography, TV game shows, theater and many other experimental formats, always undertaken with an eye towards progressive principles.’
Source: Glenn Adamson for Design in Dialogue
‘If you would found an organisation dealing with design today what would you do differently? – I would propose a union of disciplines, herald the end of ‘design’, stress the importance of the irrational and call for an approach and attitude, which would synthesise topics like ‘home, family, money, health, work, youth etc.’.
Source: Interview No Space Is A Good Place by Nadine Botha
Clients & Partners
Archiv der Avantgarden, Die Angewandte Wien, Design Museum London, Jan Van Eyck Academy, Holon Design Museum, Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden, London Design Festival, Marres Maastricht, Vitra Design Museum, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Victoria & Albert Museum, Z33 Hasselt
Bezalel Academy of Art & Design Jersusalem, Brno Design Biennale, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Design Academy Eindhoven, Domus Academy Milan, FHNW Basel, Graphic Design Arnhem, HKB Bern, Institut Kunst Basel, Kingston University London, Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design, Muthesius University Kiel, School of Visual Arts New York, Parallel School Lausanne, Pratt Institute, The School of Art Institute Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago, The University of New South Wales Faculty of Art and Design Sydney, Virginia Commonwealth University
Adidas, Apartamento Magazine, Base Milano, Bonjour Baby, Chamber Gallery, C-Mine Designcentrum, Current Obsession, Design Indaba, Design Platform Limburg, Fashionclash, Female Design Council, Frame Magazine, Futu Magazine, Gallery Bolte Lang, Gothe Institut Chicago, Istanbul Design Biennale, Jerusalem Design Week, Kompetenzzentrum der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes, Lodz Design Festival, Migros Engagement, Muto Heimatgastronomie, Pecha Kucha, PIN-UP, Stimulieringsfonds, Salone del Mobile, Soho House Berlin, Soho House Istanbul, Sozial Muscle Club Basel, TL Magazine, UBS Art Forum, Uncube, Vienna Design Week, Vitra
Jurys & Nominations
Dutch Design Award (2011 – 2016), Interieur Awards / Kortrijk Biennale (2014), Outstanding Artist Award (2016), Limburg Design Icons (2016), Beazley Designs of the Year (Since 2018), Villa Noailles Design Competition (2018), Frame Awards (2019), Design Prize Milan (2019)
Nomination ‘Animator’ Designalive Awards (2012), Cultural Advancement Award Stadt Basel / Depot Basel (2013), Nomination Core 77 Food Award / Sagel & Krzykowski (2013), Wallpaper Magazine Award – Best Finished Object (2013), Swiss Federal Design Award for ‘Design Mediation’ / Depot Basel (2013), Alexander Clavel Kulturpreis / Depot Basel (2015), Swiss Federal Design Award for ‘Design Mediation’ / Online Depot (2017)
Landing page portrait by Katrin Greiling