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Press Release, February 2019

We have an utmost pleasure to invite everyone to an exhibition that brings together two art capitals: Warsaw, one of the world’s centres for graphic art - the precursor to graphic design, of which Copenhagen is recognised as the current leader.

The exhibition reintroduces Poland to the Danish audience through its history of graphic art, putting the two countries closer together and unveils 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 countries 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, visiting Copenhagen.

Henryk Tomaszewski “The Revenge of the Bat.”

Henryk Tomaszewski “The Revenge of the Bat.”

Franciszek Starowieyski “Quiz”

Franciszek Starowieyski “Quiz”

The exhibition is a selection of artworks by some of the biggest names in the Polish Poster scene, covering the years 1950-2018. Based on their aesthetics, wide spectrum of styles and techniques, as well as often socio-political significance, the collected works create a cross-section of each artist behind. Further, they represent the uniqueness, the genius of narrative and expressionistic brilliance of The Polish Poster.

The exhibition is curated by Filip Chodzewicz.

The event wouldn’t be possible without the support from the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Copenhagen, Dansk Kulturinstitut/Duński Instytut Kultury in Warsaw, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark, KULTURAdk and Kulturministeriet, within the programme of cultural cooperation and dialogue between Denmark and Poland: Polen-Satsningen 2018-2020.

Vernissage: Friday the 15th of February, 5-9pm | Facebook event
Exhibition period: 15 February – 3 March 2019
Opening hours: Mon-fri: 2-7pm, sat-sun: 12-5pm.

Earlier Event: February 14
Later Event: February 15