After two editions of the Eye on Poland project in India and Korea in the summer of 2016, the following autumn the exhibition arrived to Japan. Contemporary Polish graphic design was presented in the 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo.
In the autumn of 2015 a series of exhibitions celebrating the best of new Polish graphic design entitled Eye on Poland were held in Japan, South Korea and India. The previous Japanese edition of the exhibition was held in the Setouchi City Museum of Art. In the summer of 2016, Eye on Poland opened again in Korea and India, while in September it revisited Japan, where it was shown in the 3331 Arts Chiyoda centre at the heart of Tokyo's creative scene.
The exhibition, curated by Magdalena and Artur Frankowski of the Fontarte Studio, showcases contemporary Polish graphic design as represented in the most interesting projects of the past few years. The exhibited works include posters, books, exhibition catalogues, 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. Most of the exhibited works were commissioned by cultural institutions, museums, foundations and art galleries.
Our posters are colourful, witty and smart. Also, our language, cultural identity and imagination have impacted our contemporary graphic language and design – said co-curator of the exhibition Magdalena Frankowska.
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 design 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 of 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.
Magdalena Frankowska says:
For 15 years, Poland has provided the stage for the emergence of a new phenomenon in poster design. Its designers today are not just the creators of posters — they are also illustrators, visual artists or even photographers. The designers have tried out various techniques such as photography, collage, painting, freehand drawing or even a combination of all these methods to make the designs.
3331 Arts Chiyoda is a large multi-level art centre in the centre of Tokyo with 4 floors of exhibition space, independent galleries, workshop facilities, creative offices, organic rooftop garden, a cafe, gymnasium, shop and community space. With various programs, 3331 serves as a unique base where creative practitioners from all over the world can come together and residents can realize artwork production and research, workshops or events, as well as open studios or exhibitions.
Eye on Poland exhibition in the 3331 Arts Chiyoda was opened from 9th September to 20th September 2016.