NewsPRESS RELEASE 25.09.2014
MADE IN POLAND
Polish posters from 1980-2014
When in Poland, the Poster Museum in Warsaw or any of the numerous poster galleries across the country are worth visiting. The soul, temperament, dedication and especially the self-confident mentality of a nation are clearly perceptible there in concentrated form. It is safe to say that the Polish recognise and support their school of poster artists as a cultural institution that is an effective vehicle for promoting the nation’s visual culture and Polish culture more broadly. Indeed, what people mostly have in mind are posters related to the field of culture. The Polish school of poster art rose to international prominence as early as the 1950s and gained global renown in the 1980s with posters for cultural events in particular. It has influenced, and will continue to influence, the work of thousands of poster artists, including, undeniably, those in Estonia. Oppressed by political circumstance, the artists encoded these seemingly innocuous placards dedicated to specific events with layers of messages conveying statements that, although figurative, were clearly understood by the viewers as being opposed to the official propaganda. And this form of resistance was marvellously embodied in Polish visual culture. Recognised in many international competitions, Polish poster art has always relied on artists with an unmistakable pictorial language, artists who skilfully combine humour and fantasy using painterly gestures. Designers allow themselves the luxury of being an artist, combining aesthetic aspects with exciting metaphors, clearly sensing an emotional connection with what is represented on the poster while adding audacious social commentary. The bright palette of the posters and the use of seemingly simple images draws on a rich interpretation of folk art, giving the posters a distinctly Polish appearance. It is therefore only natural that the exhibition features posters for films, theatre performances, music and other cultural events by artists of different generations as well as styles. The exhibition symbolically divides into two parts—what from today’s perspective are the classics of poster art (from the 1980 to 1990) and more recent poster art (works from 2012 to 2014).
The historical part of the exhibition is from the collection of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn and the contemporary part is compiled by Marko Kekishev.
The exhibition is supported by the Association of Estonian Graphic Designers, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design.
Exhibition will stay open until October 26th 2014.