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One hundred years – one hundred Polish designs. During the DesignTO 2020 festival in Toronto, the ABCs of Polish Design exhibition will present some of the most important Polish designs of the past century.
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?
In Toronto, 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 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.
Through these 100 designs and visual interpretations, emerge 100 stories about designers, needs, dreams, possibilities and limitations. The projects on display will provide a portal into the design process and the amazing nature of design in general, as the field of art with the closest connection to people. The exhibit shines a spotlight on the omnipresence and necessity of design in each person’s day-to-day life, a fact that is often overlooked.
The objects are presented in chronological order, highlighting the way certain materials, topics and forms recur throughout the last 100 years of Polish design. The exhibition aims to address a broad audience, including the youngest generation.
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on Saturday, 18 January. It will be followed by a curated tour of the exhibition.
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.
The exhibition is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence. Co-organised by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto. Sponsored by KGHM Polska Miedź.