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08 · 02 · 2019

Polish Graphic Art Medley – Poster Exhibition in Copenhagen

Polish Graphic Art Medley


We are pleased to invite you to the exhibition “Polish Graphic Art Medley”, curated by Filip Chodzewicz. This exhibition brings together two dynamic yet different art capitals: Warsaw, one of the world’s most renowned leaders in graphic art – the precursor to graphic design – and Copenhagen, which today is recognised as a global leader in design.


The exhibition is a selection of artworks by some of the biggest names in the Polish Poster scene, covering the years 1950-2018. As a result, it reintroduces Poland to the Danish audience through its history of graphic art, putting the two countries closer together and unveiling how much we have in common.


Poland has been recognised and appreciated for its graphic art since 1892, ranked as one of the world’s leading centres in the discipline, especially after the significant success of the “Polish Pavilion” in 1925 in Paris. International achievement elevated the authority of the department of graphics at The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, which instantly attracted great talents. Famous for its travelling exhibitions, The Academy placed the Polish Poster (Plakat Polski) among the leading elements in graphic arts, reaching from Finland and then USSR to France, Italy and USA. Soon, the acquisition of Polish artworks and solo exhibitions with Polish Poster artists was everywhere—in galleries around Europe, The Americas and Japan. This contributed and eventually led to the formation of the so-called “Polish School of Posters” by Józef Mroszczak and Henryk Tomaszewski in the 1960s. Among others, the school produced artists like

Jan Lenica, Franciszek Starowieyski, Jan Młodożeniec, Waldemar Świerzy, Wiktor Górka, Stasys Eidrigevicius, Andrzej Pągowski, Lech Majewski, Wiesław Rosocha and Ryszard Kaja, whose works reside within collections spanning from MoMA, or Guggenheim in New York, to collections in Rio, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo.


Now, these iconic works come to Copenhagen. Based on their aesthetics, wide spectrum of styles and techniques, as well as socio-political significance, the collected works create a cross-section of each artist behind the posters. Further, they represent the uniqueness, the genius of narrative and expressionistic brilliance of The Polish Poster.


Danish Cultural Institute is the partner of the exhibition.


Exhibition: 15.02-03.03.2019

Vernissage: 5pm, 15.02.2019

Where: Oehlenschlægersgade 36, 1663 Copenhagen

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 2pm-7pm Weekends: 12pm-5pm


The event has been realized with the support from the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Copenhagen, Danish Cultural Institute in Warsaw, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark, KULTURAdk and the Danish Ministry of Culture, within the programme of cultural cooperation and dialogue between Denmark and Poland: Polen-Satsningen 2018-2020.