Hong Kong art centre PMQ hosted the exhibition Posterized. Poster Art From Poland, presenting works of thirty of the most prominent contemporary Polish poster artists: Mieczysław Wasilewski, Władysław Pluta, Małgorzata Gurowska and Lex Drewinski, to name but a few.
Posterized. Poster Art From Poland is a presentation of the top Polish posters artists – those who have already gained international recognition, winning numerous competitions and prestigious awards, as well as those slightly younger whose career is gaining momentum. It is a conjunction of various creative personalities: from graphic designers to illustrators and independent artists, whose work focuses around a poster as a medium. What they have in common is a sharp eye and irony, emblematic also of their predecessors, representatives of the Polish School of Posters from the 1960s.
The artists participating in the exhibition were also invited to carry out a project titled Tribute to Hong Kong, which was their homage to the city and its long history. This experimental project initiated a series of unique posters.
Additionally, the exhibition was accompanied by a series of events, including a typography workshop tailor-made for kids and a poster workshop for both kids and adults. Curators gave lectures on Polish poster and graphic design, as well as led public tours on weekends.
For details please visit: posterized.eu
After the Second World War, the poster in Poland served as channel of communist propaganda, until 1956, when it became a more autonomous mean of expression for the artists. The 1960s was a decade of international shows and large ‘exhibition boom’ of Polish posters. Artists managed to combine artistry with commercial purposes and, as a result, Polish way of thinking about the poster become a world-famous novelty. Polish style began to be so recognisable worldwide that the movement has even gained a name of 'Polish School of Posters'. It was centred around one of the finest poster and graphic artists of that time, Henryk Tomaszewski, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. As Poland for decades remained behind the iron curtain, it was the poster that provided the only credible window on the world.
Currently, majority of fine arts colleges and universities in Poland have excellent poster studios run by outstanding artists in this discipline. The poster today still participates in commenting the reality: reacts to crucial world issues and supports social and cultural campaigns. The poster is not indifferent, it is responsive. It speaks the international language of image, intelligible for all in spite of possible cultural differences.
Artists: Agata Mori, Agata Kulczyk, Agnieszka Dajczak, Agnieszka Popek / Kamil Banach, Bartosz Kosowski, Błażej Ostoja Lniski, Dawid Czajkowski, Eugeniusz Skorwider, Irek Kuriata, Jakub Stępień Hakobo, Jan Bajtlik, Jerzy Skakun / Joanna Górska, Justyna Czerniakowska, Justyna Machnicka, Lech Majewski, Lex Drewiński, Małgorzata Gurowska, Marcin Markowski, Marcin Władyka, Max Skorwider, Michał Tatarkiewicz, Mieczysław Wasilewski, Monika Kościuszko, Nikodem Pręgowski, Piotr Depta-Kleśta, Piotr Kunce, Piotr Marzol, Sebastian Kubica, Stefan Lechwar, Szymon Szymankiewicz, Tomasz Kipka, Victor Soma, Władysław Pluta, Wojciech Mazur, Wojtek Janicki
Organised by: Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Hong Kong
Venue Partner: PMQ
Patronage: University of Art in Poznań, Poland
Duration：25th May – 10th June 2018, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Opening: 24th May 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue: PMQ Qube 2 F, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong
Source: press materials, compiled & translated by AW, May 2018