One hundred years – one hundred Polish designs. During Romanian Design Week in Bucharest, The ABCs of Polish Design exhibition will present some of the most important Polish designs of the past century.
After being met with great enthusiasm in Berlin and Budapest in 2017, the ABCs of Polish Design exhibition goes on to Bucharest.
It's not easy to show one hundred years of Polish design in just one hundred objects. Which ones were really the most important? The most intriguing? How does one choose? How does one show more than just the iconic designs that everyone knows?
At the Romanian Design Week, The ABCs of Polish Design exhibition will present the best of Polish product design – furniture, ceramics and glassware – and more: typography, toys, sporting equipment and even sweets! Contemporary design will be presented alongside classic designs and everyday favourites. The exhibition is a journey through the history of Polish design: the pieces are presented in chronological order.
The exhibition will also present interpretations of these design icons – twenty-five contemporary Polish illustrators and graphic designers were asked to share their visual interpretations of the pieces on display. Moreover, the exhibition will also share the stories behind each of the designs: find out about the designers, their inspirations and their creative process.
Illustrators & graphic designers who contributed to the exhibition:
Jacek Ambrożewski, Edgar Bąk, Maciek Blaźniak, Katarzyna Bogucka, Ada Buchholc, Iwona Chmielewska, Robert Czajka, Agata Dudek, Emilia Dziubak, Małgorzata Gurowska, Monika Hanulak, Marta Ignerska, Tymek Jezierski, Paweł Jońca, Agata Królak, Grażka Lange, Patryk Mogilnicki, Piotr Młodożeniec, Ania Niemierko, Ola Niepsuj, Marianna Oklejak, Paweł Pawlak, Dawid Ryski, Marianna Sztyma
Organiser: Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Co-organiser: Polish Institute in Bucharest
Curated by: Ewa Solarz
All of the events will take place at the Nod Makerspace/Mater at 160 Splaiul Unirii St. The concert will take place at the DESCHIS Gastrobar, which is located in the same building.
- Saturday, 19th May 2018, 5:00 PM – Opening of the exhibition accompanied by a concert by Dominik Strycharski
Dominik Strycharski is a Polish composer, singer and performer. He creates various forms of contemporary music, from electronic and acoustic jazz to electronic music and post-hip-hop, he often does improvisations. He also writes music for theatre performances.
Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, 7:00 PM – Icons Of Romanian Design, a lecture by Prof. Radu Comșa.
The designer and lecturer at the Bucharest Academy of Fine Arts UNARTE will talk about what projects turned out to be the milestones of Romanian design in the last hundred years and which designers made history.
Saturday, 26th May 2018, 4:00 PM & 5:30 PM – guided tours of the exhibition with curator Ewa Solarz
Ewa Solarz, curator of the exhibition, was recently recognised as one of the most influential women of Polish design. She is the author of books on design for adults and children alike, including the book D.E. S.I.G.N. and The ABCs Of Polish Design.
Sunday, 27th May 2018, 4:00 PM – illustration workshops for kids
Award-winning Polish illustrators Agata Dudek and Małgorzata Nowak from Acapulco Studio will show children how to create their own illustrations for books and talk about their work. Both graduated from the Graphic Design department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. They also designed the visual identification for the ABCs Of Polish Design exhibition.
The ABCs of Polish Design
iconic polish design
The exhibition is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under its flagship brand Culture.pl, as part of its programme promoting Polish design around the globe. The project is being implemented within the framework of the Multiannual POLAND 100 Programme for the years 2017-2021.
Source: promotional materials, compiled by PB, translated by NR, Apr 2018