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Peekaboo! Polish Illustration in Rejkyavik

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Cover of Weird and Wonderful Things. Polish folklore for young and old, photo: Egmont publishing house

Cover of Weird and Wonderful Things. Polish folklore for young and old, photo: Egmont publishing house

Between 1950 and 1980 Polish illustration for children were extremely popular. It owes its fame to some of the founding fathers of the Polish School of Posters: Roman Cieślewicz, Janusz Stanny, Henryk Tomaszewski and Jan Młodożeniec. Their work is still an inspiration for younger illustrators. 

The last decade has seen a revival of books for children in Poland. New publishing houses are constantly popping up and taking the risk of publishing contemporary and innovative books. And the world has taken note. Polish books regularly receive the Bologna Ragazzi Award – the most important international children’s book award.

The Peekaboo exhibition at the Culture House in Reykjavik showcases the most interesting children's’ books illustrated by18 Polish and 6 Icelandic young artists. The books show the artists’ diversity and wit – the exhibition’s design allows children to explore the books’ characters. The exhibition will be accompanied by a lecture about contemporary Polish illustration, a meeting with some of the illustrators and a workshop programme for both Polish children living in Iceland and Icelandic children.

Participating artists: Marta Ignerska, Monika Hanulak, Małgorzata Gurowska, Agata Dudek, Paweł Pawlak, Iwona Chmielewska, Marianna Oklejak, Piotr Socha, Katarzyna Bogucka, Ola Płocińska, Dawid Ryski, Robert Czajka, Edgar Bąk, Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińscy, Emilia Dziubak, Marianna Sztyma, Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir, Ari Hlynur Guðmundsson Yates, Halldór Baldursson, Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir and Áslaug Jónsdóttir. Ewa Solarz is the curating the exhibition.

After the exhibition, the organisers hope to publish Polish children’s books in Iceland and Icelandic ones in Poland.

The exhibition is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

Translated by WF, Mar 2017, edited by NR, 2 Mar 2017

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