Biography

Currently living and working in Rotterdam, through his art, Tomáš Libertíny continually explores the beauty and intelligence of nature as well as probing into the existential questions of the human mind.

Born in Slovakia, the son of an architect and a historian, he studied at the Technical University Košice in Slovakia focusing on engineering and design. He was awarded George Soros’s Open Society Institute Scholarship to study at The University of Washington in Seattle, where he focused on painting and sculpture. He continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava in painting and conceptual design. After receiving the prestigious Huygens Scholarship, he enrolled in the master’s program at the Design Academy Eindhoven where he received his MFA in 2006.

Libertiny’s fascination with the beauty and intelligence of nature fuels his work with timeless yet relatable emotions. The relationship between man and nature, both psychological and physical, serves as a constant source of inspiration.

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Exhibitions

  • 2024 Galerie Ron Mandos (January – February 2024), Amsterdam, NL
  • 2023 Live And Let Live / Museum Jan Cunen (January – May 2023), Oss, NL
    BLISS / Rademakers Gallery (February – March 2023), Amsterdam, NL
    Softer Stronger Together / Solo Show / Axel Pairon Gallery (18.03 – May 2023)
    Creative Nature / Castillo de san Jorge (March – May 2023), Sevilla, Spain
    Droog 30 / Triennale Milano (April 2023), Milano, Italy
    Droog 30 / Het Nieuwe Institute (May – August 2023), Rotterdam, NL
    UNIQUE(S) / Centre Albert Marinus, Musée de Woluwe Museum (April – June 2023), Brussels, Belgium
    Spiritual Urgency / Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (November 2022 – April 2023)
    Musee Royal de Mariemont (September 2022 – April 2023)
    CAN REON (May 2023), Casino de Tiana, Spain
    Taste the World, The Banquet of Wonders, The Champagne Wine and Regional Archaeology Museum of Epernay (September – December 2023), Epernay, France
    Dawn & Dusk / Duo Show Libertiny & Vaitovic / Mina Art Space (September – October 2023), Košice, Slovakia
    DE BALIE (December 2023), Amsterdam, NL
    Life Cycles / MoMA (September 2023 – April 2024), New York, USA
    Iris van Herpen / Sculpting The Sense / Musée des Arts Décoratifs / Palais de Louvre (November 2023 – April 2024), Paris, France
    Art Antwerp 2024 / Galerie Ron Mandos (December 2023), Antwerp, BE
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  • 2022 Glasstress / Fondazione Berengo Art Space (June-November 2022) / Venice, Italy
    HOMO FABER / Fondazione Giorgio Cini (April-May 2022), Venice
    World Bee Day / Guerlain / Worldwide (20.05.2022)
    Révélations / Grand Palais  (June 2022), Paris, France
    Expedition 10 / Slovak Institute (March-June 2022), Jerusalem, Israel
    Listening To The Earth / MUDAC (June – September 2022), Lausanne, Switzerland
    Brno Art Open / House of Arts (June – September 2022), Brno, Czech Republic
    DEA 75 years (7-12 June 2022), Milano, Italy
    Egypt – Everlasting Passion / Royal Museum of Mariemont (December – April 2023), Morlanwelz, Belgium
    Design Academy Eindhoven / Salone del Mobile (07 – 12 June, 2022), Milano, Italy
    Permanent Collection / Musee des Arts Decorative / Palais de Louvre (from June 2022), Paris, France
    Unknown Unknowns / 23rd International Exhibition / Triennale Milano (June – December 2022), Milano, Italy
    Harvest 2022 / Collection Lakeside / DEPOT Boijmans (August – September 2022), Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Wild Summer of Art / Brutus (August – September 2022), Rotterdam, , The Netherlands
    Creative Nature / Anciens Abattoirs (November 2022 – February 2023), Mons, Belgium
    Corporate Offsite Dwelling A / CODA Museum (September – December 2022), Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
  • 2021 17th International Architecture Exhibition / Arsenale (May – November 2020) / Venice, Italy
    HOMO FABER by Michelangelo Foundation / Fondazione Giorgio Cini (September 2021), Venice, Italy
    Quand la matière devient art / Maison Guerlain (October-November 2021), Paris
    85th International Handicraft Exhibition / Emporio MIDA (April – May 2021) / Florence
    Design by Nature / Museum De Fundatie (July – October 2021) / Zwolle
  • 2020 17th International Architecture Exhibition / Arsenale (May – November 2020 CANCELLED) / Venice, Italy
    Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research / Permanent Art Installation (unveiled February 2020), Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Melancholia / Solo Show at Rademakers Gallery (November – January 2021), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Radical Curiosity. In the Orbit of Buckminster Fuller / Fondación Telefónica (September 2020 – March 2021), Madrid, Spain
    Into the Nature of a Gallery (December 2020 -February 2021), Nitrianska galeria, Slovakia
    La Manufacture, A Labour Of Love / Gare Saint Sauver / part of World Design Capital Lille Métropole 2020 (September – November 2020), Lille, France
    We Are Nature by Rossana Orlandi (September/October 2020) Museo Scienza and Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Milano, Italy
    MAK Design Lab (May 2019 – May 2023), MAK Vienna, Austria
    Nature Calls / Rademakers Gallery (January – February 2020), Amsterdam
  • 2019 La Fabrique du Vivant / Centre Pompidou (February/April 2019), Paris
    Vienna Biennale For Change 2019 / MAK Vienna (May/October 2019)
    Kunsthal Rotterdam / Solo Project “Eternity” (May/September 2019)
  • 2018 Twelve Paintings (December/February 2018), Rotterdam / Solo exhibition
    Ghent Design Museum (permanent display), Ghent
  • 2017 Twelve Paintings (December/February 2018), Rotterdam / Solo exhibition
    Melancholia (September/December 2017), Rotterdam / Solo exhibition
    National Design Prize (September/November 2017), Bratislava, Slovakia
    Earth Matters (June/September 2017), Textiel Museum, Tilburg
    Work Exhibition (Pracovná výstava) (June/July 2017), Nová Synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia
    Chronosophia (May/September 2017), Spazio Nobile, Brussels / Solo exhibition
    Rotterdam Contemporary (February 2017), Rotterdam / Solo presentation
  • 2016 Slowtime (September/December 2016), Rotterdam / Solo exhibition
    Progressland (May/September 2016), Chamber, NYC
    Glassfever 2016 (May/November 2016), Dordyart, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2015 Glasstress 2015 Gotika (May/November 2015), Palazzo Franchetti, The Venice Biennale, Italy
    FAD – Foment de les Arts i del Disseny (June/October 2015), Barcelona, Spain
    Beeldentuin Ravesteyn (May 2015), Netherlands
    Making a difference / A difference in making (April/June 2015), Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
    Wallpaper Handmade (April 2015), Milano, Italy
    Living Glass II (March/November 2015), MUDAC Lausanne, Switzerland
    Earth Matters (February/May 2015), Artipelag, Sweden
  • 2014 Lausanne Jardins (June/October 2014), Lausanne, Switzerland
    MAK Design Laboratory (May/open 2014), Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria
    Hit the future – Design beyond borders (February/March 2014), Munich, Germany
  • 2013 Rotterdam Centraal (November/December 2013), Vivid Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things (July/October 2013), De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-sea, UK
  • The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things (April/June 2013), Nottingham Contemporary, UK
    The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things (February/April 2013), the Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK
    Glasstress 2013 (June/November 2013), The Venice Biennale, Italy
    En Vie, Espace Fondation EDF (April/August 2013), Paris, France
    Museo Bagatti Valsecchi w/Rossana Orlandi (8th-14th of April, 2013), Milano, Italy
    Applied Design (March 2013 / January 2014), MoMA, New York, USA
    Nourritures Premieres / Maison&Objet (January 2013), Paris, France
  • 2012 The Exhibition Road Show / public art installation (July/August 2012), The Exhibition Road, London, UK
    The Etende Mens (July 2012/January 2013), Designhuis, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Glasstress Beirut (July/September 2012), Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon
    Glasstress New York (February/June 2012), Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA
  • 2011 New Energy In Design and Art (October/February 2011/2012), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, The Netherlands
    Now/The Experience of Time (September/November 2011), MARTa Herford, Germany
    Mistakes (September/October 2011), Vivid Gallery, The Netherlands
    Glasstress Riga 2011 (August/December 2011), Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvia
    Glasstress 2011 (June/November 2011), The Venice Biennale, Italy
    Post Fossil (January/April 2011), Holon Design Museum, Israel
  • 2010 Action!Design Over Time (February 2010/ January 2011), MoMA, USA
    Post Fossil (April/June 2010), 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo, Japan
    Design by Performance (March/May 2010), Z33 art center, Belgium
    Le Fabuleux Destin Du Quotidien (February/May 2010), MAC’s Grand Hornu, Belgium
  • 2009 Moss Gallery, Design Miami, Miami, USA, 2009
    Slash : Paper under the Knife, Museum of Arts and Design (October 2009), NYC, USA
    Cheongju International Craft Biennale (September 2009), Cheongju, Korea
    Telling Tales, Victoria & Albert Museum (June 2009), London, UK
    Designer of the Future Award (June 2009), Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland
    Craft Punk (April 2009), Spazio FENDI, Milano, Italy
    Over Design Over (March/April 2009), Rocca Paolina Perugia, Italy
    Archeology of the Future (January/March 2009), The Institut Néderlandais, Paris, France
  • 2008 Tomas Libertiny (February 2008), VIVID, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Object Rotterdam (February 2008), Las Palmas, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Casa Rotterdam (November 2008), Torino, Italy
    Graduation Gallery, Villa del Grumello (October 2008), Como, Italy
    Dutch Design Port (October 2008), Antwerpen, Belgium
    Design Miami/Basel (June 2008), Basel, Switzerland
    Moss (May 2008), NYC, USA
    Spazio Rossana Orlandi (April 2008) Milan, Italy
    Design And The Elastic Mind (February 2008) MoMA, USA
    Small Show Huge Talent (January 2008), London, UK
    Family of Form (January 2008), Designhuis, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • 2007 Design Miami (December 2007), Miami, USA
    This side up (September 2007), Valencia, Spain
    Smart Deco 2 (April 2007), Droog Design, Milan, Italy
  • 2006 Lichting 2006, Kunstpaviljoen, Nieuw Roden, The Netherlands
    Graduation Galleries 2006, The Design Academy Eindhoven
    “Master Pieces 2006” (July-August 2006) DROOG gallery, The Netherlands

Collections

MoMA, New York, USA
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, NL
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, IL
Cincinnati Art Museum, USA
MAD / Palais de Louvre, Paris, FR
MUDAC, Lausanne, SUI
Museum de Domijnen, NL
Henraux Foundation, IT
Berengo Foundation, IT
Corning Museum of Glass, USA
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, UK
Lakeside Collection, NL
Dacra Art Collection, USA