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The Adam Mickiewicz Institute's newest book will premiere at the Frankfurter Buchmesse with a special exhibition. ‘Captains of Illustration’ showcases 100 years of children’s books from Poland, featuring the best of Polish illustration.
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute announces the release of their newest publication Captains of Illustration at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, one of the world's most important fairs for print and digital content.
'Captains of Illustration' is an A-Z anthology dedicated to the legacies of illustrators whose works cover the century between Polish independence in 1918 up through 2018 (...) A team of eleven experts in the field of illustration – historians, researchers and artists – came together to highlight and share the most interesting themes and anecdotes of the period through the works of Polish illustrators. They arranged 100 keywords alphabetically, covering subjects and stories that artists brought to life, yet also the methods and techniques they used, along with the trends and stylistic inspirations that motivated them.
Anita Wincencjusz-Patyna, 'Captains of Illustration' editor
Captains of Illustration is a perfect combination of history and images. Thanks to the illustrators’ serious approach to their work, millions of Poles had a chance to come face to face with real art from an early age.
On the occasion of the book launch at the Frankfurter Buchmesse on 16th October 2019, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute will present an exhibition dedicated to these classic Polish illustrators. The exhibition, curated by Jacek Friedrich, will showcase posters and illustrations not included in the publication.
Long ago, before children had laptops, smartphones or even television, books were their first gateway to unknown worlds. It was through books that they discovered distant lands and galaxies, exotic animals, the work of doctors and firemen, the workings of airplanes or radars, the genius of Copernicus, Newton or Bach, Greek myths and Arab tales, urchins from Wilczków in Poland and Bullerby in Sweden, the stories of princes and kings, the history of the potato... and the list goes on (...)
In Poland in the 1960s and 70s the pictures were excellent! Those days, which have been dubbed the golden age of Polish illustration, saw the activity of dozens of very talented designers. The quality of Polish illustrative art came from an impetus, which arose after the death of Stalin across the whole Soviet bloc, especially in Poland. After years of terrible terror, including the suppression of art, artists had a huge desire to re-establish their lost dialogue with modernity, the avant-garde and the West, to regain their artistic freedom (...) these longings were also shared by illustrators who, over the course of the next two decades, created a magnificent visual setting for thousands of books.
Jacek Friedrich, curator of the exhibition
contemporary polish illustration
contemporary polish illustrators
polish illustrators of the 20th century
polish illustrators of the 21st century
- Captains of Illustration exhibition
16th-20th October 2019
Frankfurt Book Fair
Hall 5 / Booth B99