The beginning of June 2019 will see this year's edition of the Bratislava Design Week. A colourful exhibition will show what contemporary Polish design has to offer.
The Is Coral a Colour? exhibition presented at this year's Bratislava Design Week takes its name from a famous Polish tongue-twister Korale koloru koralowego…, which translates into English as 'coral-coloured corals'. Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, the curator of the exhibition, looks at the question of whether a country or region’s colour palette can be established. What are the colours of the Czech Republic? Poland? Slovakia? How about Hungary?
The exhibition analyses colours used by Czech, Polish, Slovak and Hungarian designers and their designs – vases, cups, fabrics – to try to discern if there are certain colour patterns that emerge – pinks and blues, greens and yellows.
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A piece presented at the 'Is Coral a Colour?' exhibition presented at Budapest Design Week, designed by Edina Andrasi, photo: Budapest Design Week
Single colours are easy to see: green, blue, red. When put together, they cease to be unambiguous, they become a language. When asked about their colour choices, designers shrug. They say they choose what’s in fashion or what sells. However, this does not exhaust the topic. (...) How we see colours and how we use them consists of many factors. Lighting and our surroundings. The earth and the sky, cities and nature. Traditionally used materials and combinations that we were used to. The context is also extremely important in this region, marked by the gray of communist aesthetics. However, designers do not draw on tradition or nature. They reach for available materials and choose fashionable colours.
Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, curator
The exhibition, which will be on display at the Erdődyho Palác in Bratislava, was previously on display at Budapest Desgin Week 2018, DesignBlok 2018 in Prague and at the Łódź Design Festival 2019.
The exhibition will feature works by:
- Michaela Bednarova, Simona Janisova, Linda Vikova (Slovakia)
- Dechem Studio, Milan Pekar, Klara Sumova, Roman Sedina, Vessels Design, Geometr (Czechia)
- Eszter Soptei, Edina Andrasi, Sara Kele (Hungary)
- Maria Jeglińska, Monika Patuszyńska, August Studio, Sebastian Pietkiewicz, Agnieszka Bar, Andrzej Mędrek, Alicja Tyburska, Andrzej Bero (Poland)
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The exhibition is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
The POLSKA 100 programme presents the most important achievements in Polish culture from the last one hundred years, those which are still inspiring artists and audiences alike everyday across the globe.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2022.