Polish Posters

As I work in a museum, I get introduced to a lot of cool art that I might not otherwise have come across. One of our board members collects Polish film and theatre posters from around 1920-1970 and he donates a big batch each year.

These posters represent a remarkable and relatively unknown art form that deserves some recognition. Rather than simply slapping together a movie still and some text (obviously I'm generalizing here), these artists produced something that can be considered a work of art in its own right. Playful and often moving, some of the trademarks of these posters include a dynamic style, bright colors and unusual compositions. Each artist has their own unique style, which is what makes these posters so special.

The prices, for the most part, are pretty reasonable as well.
The best resource on the web seems to be PolishPoster.com...if anyone's interested I will report back once my purchase goes through.

Some of my current favorites:

La Village Magique, by Jan Mlodozeniec

Gra, by Jan Mlodozeniec

Parasol, by Franciszek Starowieyski

Iwan Grozny, by Franciszek Starowieyski

Kobiety by Maria Ihnatowicz

Stories About Lenin, by Jan Lenica

Desire, by Jerzy Flisak

My all time favorite is this superfantastic Arcimbaldo-esque Casanova: Childhood and Adolescence poster by Marek Mosinski... which will hopefully be up in my apartment very soon.


Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

i love this post! i got this polish poster in the fall and am obsessed w/it:


xo joanna

August 26, 2007 at 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Thanks for the warm Happy Birthday! I hope you are doing well.

August 26, 2007 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

Oh gosh, these are so totally inspiring, as a graphic designer, I have been studying polish graphic art for a while, it has a rich history, so simple and such vivid messages, I think it is beautiful! Thanks for your support for my move :)

August 26, 2007 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger ma vie en rose said...

I'm glad you guys enjoyed the Polish posters! I think that they are just fantastic and I'm glad I'm not alone in that. I hope you are all doing well!

August 27, 2007 at 4:59 PM  
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