Polish artist Wiesław Rosocha was awarded the Gold Medal at the 24th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw for his poster, Rosocha. Other areas, other formats. The contest results were announced on Saturday at the headquarters of the Poster Museum in Wilanów.
Rosocha’s Gold Medal poster accompanied an exhibition of his works presented last year in the District Gallery of Modern Art in Ostrow Wielkopolski. It depicts three simplified graphic faces, superimposed on one another. They stare at the viewer through realistic eyes. The poster uses for contrasting colors: white, gray, red, and black.
This project brings a very strong message about Rosocha’s creativity, and the phenomenon of the poster. The sketched layers are characteristic of the medium and returning the viewer’s attention to the eyes underlines the importance of vision. Rosocha makes an obvious nod to the modernist avant-garde, while at the same time setting a new, subtle tone through the method used and the outlining of the eyes. The shape of the heads and the font create a beautiful composition, comments the jury of experts.
Wiesław Rosocha works in posters, drawing, printmaking, illustration, and design books. He studied graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw under Professor Henryk Tomaszewski, and received his diploma in 1974. He then served as an assistant professor in the painting studio of Teresa Pągowska at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Since 1978, Rosocha has worked as an independent graphic designer. He has collaborated with numerous theaters, including Teatr Wielki and Opera Nova, and has numerous publications in magazines and newspapers in Poland and abroad (Czytelnik, Rzeczpospolita, Gazeta Wyborca, Maski).
The jury – Stephen Bundi (Switzerland), David Crowley (Great Britain), Kenya Hara (Japan), Jerzy Porębski (Poland), Silvia Sfigiotti (Italy), and Jakub Stepien Hakobo (Poland) – also awarded two Silver Medals, three Bronze Medals, the Józef Mroszczak Honorary Award, and the Golden Debut Award.
The Silver Medals were awarded to Andreas Golde (Germany) for “Theodor W. Adorno” and Jakob Kirch (Germany) for “2013/14 Season Opening of the Municipal Theatre of Stuttgart. Bronze Medals went to Freeman Lau Siu Hong’s “Symbiosis” (Hong Kong), Lech Majewski’s “Beckett” (Poland), and Dmitry Mirilenko’s “Mayakovsky 120 (1,2,3)” (Russia).
The Józef Mroszczak Honorary Award, presented by the jury in the name of the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, was awarded to Li Haiping Design Studio in China for the poster “Truth (without text).” Łukasz Kowalski received the Golden Debut award for the poster „The Well of Hope – 60%.” The jury also recognized the debut works of Jan Bajtlik of Poland and Jonathan Auch of Germany.
This year’s biennale featured 3814 posters designed by more than 2600 designers from over 60 countries. 2601 submissions came from famous artists (Category A), while 1213 were the works of newcomers (Category B). Among them, the jury – for the first time electronically – selected nearly 500 works, which will be show at the exhibition of the contest in Warsaw.
The top 249 posters from Category A will be on display at the Poster Museum through September 14th. 64 selected debut works can be seen in the Gallery Room of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, on display until July 4th. These showings are accompanied by an exhibition of the work of previous winners and this year’s jury. It is being held at the Centre Łowicka until July 31.
The International Poster Biennale was first held in 1966 and was the first event of its kind in the world. This is due to the activity of Professor Józef Mroszczak, who began the festival and organized it for many years. The Warsaw Biennale has become a prestigious event in the world of design, attracting more and more attention in the international community of graphic designers.
A distinguished group of two-time winners of the Biennale features Andre Francois, Holger Matthies and Henryk Tomaszewski. Polish artists awarded the Gold Medal include Jan Lenica, Julian Palka, Roman Cieslewicz, Mieczyslaw Wasilewski, Waldemar Świerzy, Jan Sawka, Jan Młodożeniec and Wiktor Sadowski.
Since 1994, the inauguration of the Biennale is traditionally held on the first Saturday of June at the headquarters of the Poster Museum, founded in 1968 in Warsaw’s Wilanów.
For the 24th Biennale, the Poster Museum collaborated with the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and, for the first time, with the Association of Graphic Designers.
Source: PAP, ed. EB. Translation: Alena Aniskiewicz 09/06/2014