Marcin Rutkiewicz (born 1966) is a curator and animator of street art in Poland, an animator of the club music scene, an author of publications on graffiti, street art, and art in the public space, as well as a social activist involved in the reduction of the visual pollution caused by outdoor advertising.
In 2007, Rutkiewicz was one of the co-founders of the association Miasto Moje A w Nim, in which for the next few years as a vice-president he fought for the regulation of outdoor advertising in Poland, the adoption of statutory rules for outdoor use and law enforcement. In 2009, together with Elżbieta Dymna, he published the album Polski outdoor, documenting the scale of littering public spaces by advertising.
At the same time, Rutkiewicz dealt with street art. As a founder and president of the Outdoor Art Foundation, he conducted many street art projects, one of the most important of which was the outer graffiti gallery Forty / Forty at the Bema Forts in Warsaw. Together with Elżbieta Dymna, he published two albums about street art in Poland: in 2010, Polish street art, and two years later its continuation Between Anarchy and Gallery. Also with Dymna, in 2015, he published the Forty / Forty Gallery, dedicated to the gallery he was the curator of.
In 2011, Rutkiewicz together with Tomasz Sikorski issued the book Graffiti in Poland 1940-2010, and in 2017 – with Sikorski and Michał Warda – he co-curated the exhibition Wild Graphics. Half a Century of Visual Diversion in Poland 1967-2017 at the Warsaw Poster Museum. In the same year and under the same title, a publication accompanying the exhibition was published, in which Rutkiewicz figures as the author of one of the critical essays. From 2012 to 2016 he was a member of the Program Board of the International Poster Biennial in Warsaw.
In 2015, president Bronisław Komorowski awarded Rutkiewicz with the Bronze Cross of Merit for the service for the protection of Polish cultural landscape.
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