Over 200 posters for Roman Polański’s films are to be presented at an exhibition in Kraków, 14 July 2015. The exhibition prepared by the Film Museum in Łódź opens this Thursday and will welcome visitors until the end of Aug
The exhibition will be presented in Kraków due to Roman Polański’s association with the city. Over 200 posters will be presented at the Palace of Art in Kraków, from the 1961 Knife in the Water to 2013's Venus in Fur. Therefore, the exhibition will present both Polański’s filmmaking career and the diversity of poster art. It will also show the international acclaim the Polish director has received.
“Without a doubt, we have the biggest collection of Roman Polański film posters in the world. For 5 years we have collected over 500 different posters from more than 30 countries. In Poland alone over 30 different posters were released”.
– says Krystyna Zamysłowska, co-curator of the exhibition.
She also added that 5 years ago “Roman Polański. Actor. Director”, an exhibition first presented in Poland, also gained worldwide recognition.
“Since the movie posters were only a part of that exhibition we decided that we have to look for more of these all around the world, and gather and exhibit them. We hope that this exhibition, first presented in Kraków, then in Gdynia and Łódź, will also become popular worldwide. We have already received queries from our international partners, but the details are still being arranged”.
– says Zamysłowska.
According to the authors of the exhibition, the most interesting examples of poster art are large format works from Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Australia, the USA, Mexico, and France painted by fine artists or designed by the best art agencies, including such world-renowned names as Rene Ferracci, Jean Michel Folon, Clement Hurel, Bernard Bernhard, Peter Strausfeld. Some photographic posters, including the work of Polański’s long-time associate Guy Ferrandis, are to be presented as well.
The exhibition will present examples of the Polish School of Posters, such as Jan Lenica’s well-known interpretations of Knife in Water, Repulsion and Cul-de-sac, and the works of Andrzej Dąbrowski, Leszek Hołdanowicz, Rosław Szaybo, Wiesław Wałkuski, Andrzej Klimowski, and Andrzej Pągowski.
A Polish-English catalogue of the exhibition will be published for the event.
This is the third poster exhibition prepared by the Film Museum in Łódź.The previous editions presented the films of Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieślowski.
According to Marzena Bomanowska, the Film Museum's director, the exhibition is inspired by Roman Polański, who, having seen the exhibition dedicated to Andrzej Wajda’s filmmaking career, showed enthusiasm and encouragement for the next edition. “In a letter to the Film Museum he said it is an interesting way of showing the filmmaker’s work”.
The curators of the exhibition are Krystyna Zamysłowska and Piotr Kulesza. Andrzej Wajda is honorary patron of the project. The main partners of the project are the Polish Film Institute, Polish Filmmakers Association, Kino Polska, and Kino Art, and the exhibition is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
Source: PAP, Translated by Paweł Trzaskowski, July 2015.