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Still from Jan Lenica's "Labyrinth", photo: Studio Miniatur Filmowych

Polish artist Jan Lenica’s work helped transform the genre of animated film into one capable of communicating the most complex messages. In December, the Harvard Film Archive will present a retrospective of his films – Freedom Outside Reason: The Animated Cinema of Jan Lenica.

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Sleeping Beauty by Hanna Bodnar, photo: MW

The Polish Poster School was largely free of the rigours posters are subject to in free-market economies – its artistic quality was of more concern than its advertising power. Here we take a look at seven posters for well-known Hollywood films, made by Polish graphic designers of the Polish Poster School. They’re nothing like their counterparts from other countries!

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Henryk Tomaszewski, Witold Gombrowicz, History, a poster for New Theatre in Warsaw, 1983, courtesy of Filip Pągowski

These six legendary artists defined the world-renowned Polish School of Posters, famous for its iconic and symbolic aesthetic.

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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.

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Tymek Jezierski, Brazylia / Polska, 2016

Five Polish graphic designers and five Brazilian ones were each asked to design two posters, one promoting Poland, and the other – Brazil. What would the Poles have to say about Brazil, and the Brazilians about Poland? What do they know and what ideas do they have about their own countries?

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The Design Dialogue: Poland – Brazil exhibition will juxtapose historical poster art with contemporary posters, showcasing the icons of Polish and Brazilian design.

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Rafał Olbiński, Casual Tempation, oil on canvas, 78 x 60 cm, photo: Marshand Gallery

‘Posters should not be literal but metaphorical’, said Rafał Olbiński, painter, illustrator and poster designer, during a meeting at the Consulate in NYC. The artist was promoting his upcoming book – Passion for Posters – scheduled for publication in spring 2016.

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Following the release of VeryGraphic. Polish Designers of the 20th Century – a compilation of information on contemporary graphic design, which is unprecedented in its scope – we would like you to meet 18 remarkable designers, who have redirected the track of Polish applied art.

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Роман Чеслевич, плакат к фильму «Косоглазое счастье» («Шесть превращений Яна Пищика»), 1959, фото предоставлено Галереей графики и плаката

With painterly gesture, humour and personality, the Polish Poster School pioneered in blurring the designer/artist distinction. Decades later, the power of suggestion and cheeky allusion lives on in works of young Poles.

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Politics projected through posters and the tradition of Polish film and theatre poster design on exhibition.

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Okładka (nid 6888755)

"The showcase and accompanying discussions will show the passage from generic fascination with an international aesthetic characteristic for the early years of our century to inspirations drawn from the local and the vernacular..."

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Okładka (nid 6547973)

On Sepember 25th 2012 the National Film Archives launched the Virtual Gallery of Film Posters (GAPLA), offering its collection of vintage cinematic posters to the public via the Internet. The gallery presents the treasures of Poland's graphic design legacy, with works by some of the most famous designers in history: Henryk Tomaszewski, Roman Cieslewicz, Stanislaw Wojciech Zameczników...

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Okładka (nid 6502069)

The Polish-American poster artist and architect famous for his Grateful Dead tour sets, has passed away at his home in High Falls, NY at the age of 65.

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Henryk Tomaszewski, photo: Erazm Ciołek / Forum

One of the finest poster and graphic artists in the world, he was an illustrator and teacher as well as one of the pioneers of the Polish poster school.

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Jan Lenica, photo by Bogdan Łopieński / Forum

Talented graphic artist, set and theatre-costume designer, children's book illustrator, postage stamp designer, art critic and major artist of the Polish poster school.

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