Poster from the series Wieczory dla Dorosłych (Lates 18+) by Edgar Bąk, commissioned by Copernicus Science Centre, 2013-2015
Poland's remarkable history in graphic design shows no sign of abating in the 21st century. Having delighted design lovers across Asia, the travelling exhibition Eye on Poland has crossed the Pacific Ocean to São Paulo, where it will showcase the best in contemporary poster art from 19th September to 31st October 2017.
The new edition of the exhibition Eye on Poland is an attempt to present Brazilian audiences the most interesting poster projects of the past few years, particularly the most recent ones. The previous two editions of the show were presented in China (2010-11) and Japan, South Korea and India (2015-17), where they attracted great interest.
New Polish graphic design in recent years is dynamically developing and gaining very good recognition in Europe and around the world. The reason behind it is not only the traditional associations with Polish poster art and artists of the broadly defined ‘Polish Poster School’ (mid 1950s till late 1960s), such as Henryk Tomaszewski, Józef Mroszczak, Jan Lenica, Roman Cieślewicz or Wiktor Górka, but also the achievements of younger and middle generation designers who are nowadays searching for original solutions in their practice.
This growing recognition can also be attributed to the recent development of the arts and culture field in Poland, particularly to the emergence of new cultural institutions and the development of the existing ones. Another important and fast-growing phenomenon is independent publishing. The last few years have seen many new high-level publications, carefully designed and self-produced by independent publishers.
The works presented in São Paulo in the exhibition EYE ON POLAND: New Graphic Design from Poland have been selected from several hundred books and posters designed by Polish artists and designers mainly in a few last years. Most of them were commissioned by cultural institutions, museums, foundations and art galleries. Working for cultural organisations, where the bar of expectation is raised high, gives designers the freedom to experiment and look for inventive means of expression. The outcome of these collaborations? High-quality, cutting-edge designs marking new directions. Selected posters, books, exhibition catalogues and album covers, each serving a different function, can be transformed by an outstanding designer from everyday objects into artistic statements.
The tradition in that field, native language, cultural identity and original imagination has had a considerable impact on Polish contemporary graphic language and therefore graphic design artworks. All of more than 20 graphic designers and graphic studios (from the young generation to established artists) participating in the exhibition are currently active in the field of design. The idea behind the exhibition is to show the audience a wide range of styles and design strategies reflecting the richness of the current Polish graphic design scene, somehow also giving a glimpse of contemporary culture of Poland.
Curators: Magdalena Frankowska & Artur Frankowski
Artists: Acapulco Studio, Jakub de Barbaro, Edgar Bąk, Magdalena Burdzyńska, Robert Czajka, Marta Gawin, Fontarte, Full Metal Jacket, Grupa Projektor, Małgorzata Gurowska, Homework, Krzysztof Iwański, Michał Kaczyński, Sebastian Kubica, Grzegorz Laszuk, Lech Majewski, Moonmadness, Macio Moretti, Ola Niepsuj, Krzysztof Pyda, Dawid Ryski, Kuba Sowiński, Temperówka Studio, Mieczysław Wasilewski, and more...
The event is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, and Fontarte.
For more information, head to the official Instituto Tomie Ohtake website.
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