In autumn 2015 a series of exhibitions titled Eye on Poland, presenting the latest Polish graphic design, was held in India, South Korea and Japan. The events were organized by Culture.pl, Korea Foundation, Polish Institute in New Delhi and Polish Institute in Tokyo.
The new edition of the exhibition Eye on Poland was an attempt to present to the Asian audience the contemporary Polish graphic design, illustrated by the most interesting projects of the past few years, particularly most recent ones. The exhibited works mainly included posters, books, exhibition catalogs, CD and vinyl record covers - prints of various designs and functions, which can be transformed by an outstanding designer from utilitarian objects to means of artistic expression. The exhibition had been previously presented in 2010 in China (Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing), where it attracted great interest of visitors.
Polish graphic design is gaining increasing recognition in Europe and around the world. The reason behind it is not only the traditional associations with Polish poster art and artists of the broadly defined 'Polish Poster School' (mid 50's till late 60's), such as Henryk Tomaszewski, Roman Cieślewicz, Jan Lenica or Waldemar Świerzy, but also the achievements of younger and middle generation designers who are nowadays searching for original solutions in their practice. This growing recognition can also be attributed to the recent dynamic development of the arts and culture field in Poland, particularly to the emergence of new cultural institutions and events, such as museums, film and theatre festivals, concerts and exhibitions.
The last few years have seen a dynamic development of graphic design in Poland. The exhibition Eye on Poland presents works of Polish designers mainly commissioned by cultural institutions, museums, foundations and art galleries. Projects of this kind give designers the freedom to experiment and look for inventive means of expression. An interesting phenomenon is also the development of independent publishing. The result is often high-quality, cutting-edge design marking new directions.
– Magdalena Frankowska and Artur Frankowski, curators of the exhibition
Jakub de Barbaro, Edgar Bąk, Ada Bucholc, Maciej Buszewicz, Robert Czajka, Justyna Czerniakowska, Przemek Dębowski, Agata Dudek, Marta Gawin, Fontarte, Ania Goszczyńska, Full Metal Jacket, Grupa Projektor, Małgorzata Gurowska, Jakub Stępień (Hakobo), Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński (Hipopotam studio), Joanna Górska and Jerzy Skakun (Homework), Jakub Jezierski, Michał Jońca, Joanna Jurczak, Michał Kaczyński, Ryszard Kajzer, Grzegorz Laszuk, Lech Majewski, Moonmadness, Macio Moretti, Ola Niepsuj, Magdalena Piwowar, Poważne Studio, Jakub Sowiński, Honza Zamojski
Magdalena Frankowska, Artur Frankowski