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March: Polish poster month

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Posted by Gavin Lucas, 25 February 2010, 8:35    Permalink    Comments (21)

Next week, two exhibitions of Polish posters are opening entirely independently of one another: One in Plymouth - which will focus on historic posters created to promote Chopin concerts in Poland between 1955 and 2006; and the other, in London, which will showcase posters created (for the most part) more recently by Warsaw-based design studio, Homework...

Peninsula Arts, the arts and culture programming organisation for the University of Plymouth  is putting on the exhibition entitled (Re)sounding Signs: Polish Chopin Posters 1955-2006 - as part of the Plymouth Polish Festival - a series of events running in the town organised in partnership with the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw to celebrate Chopin's birth in 1810. The show, curated by the Warsaw museum's Maciej Janicki will display posters by dozens of Polish poster artists including Henryk Tomaszewski, Waldemar Swierzy, Rafal Olbinski and Mieczyslaw Wasilewski. Here are a few of the posters for your perusal...

(Re)sounding Signs: Polish Chopin Posters 1955-2006 runs from March 6 to April 24 at the Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA. Tel: 01752 58 50 50. Admission: Free. Opening times: Monday -Friday 10am -5pm. Saturday 11am-4pm


Meanwhile, at London's Kemistry Gallery, over 50 posters created by just one Polish design studio, Homework, will be on display. Since forming in 2003 the Warsaw-based studio (comprising the talents of Joanna Górska and Jerzy Skakun) has created dozens of posters for cultural events such as music concerts and theatre productions. While the duo have exhibited in Paris and Berlin, the show at Kemistry will be their first in London. Here's a selection of work that will be exhibited...

To see more of Homework's poster design work - visit

Homework: Modern Polish Poster Design runs from March 5 - April 17 at Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PD. Tel. +44 (0) 20 7729 3636. Admission: Free. Opening hours: Weekends 10am-6pm. Saturday 11am-4pm.


Beautiful works, both old and new. I'll be sure to check out the Plymouth exhibition.
Mark Bell
2010-02-25 09:17:19

2010-02-25 11:32:32

wicked fresh
Gemma Mercy
2010-02-25 12:29:50

Fantastic; will definitely go and see the London one.
2010-02-25 12:31:03

It's magnificent that Polish designers have continued the culture of handmade posters. They really are one of the best poster designers in the world. I wish that this continues on and on.
2010-02-25 12:56:11

Oh wow, it never fails to be a winner having the office so close to Kemistry. Can't wait for a stimulating lunch break next week!
Doug Kerr
2010-02-25 14:00:02

Dynamic. Will squeeze this in - just ! Was looking for fresh time to kill on the 5th before leaving the smoke. The theme of that trip being art and music...
2010-02-25 14:06:36

These are lovely. I especially love the Casablanca poster :)
Stephanie Horn
2010-02-25 17:21:11

So this is where Nora Barr gets her ideas from...
2010-02-26 12:47:22

Nick Rhodes
2010-02-26 13:04:51

Love them. Casablanca. Superb.
Andy Park
2010-02-26 14:11:14

Into polish posters? You should check out the film all about it. Its called Freedom on the Fence, and its a great movie about the posters and the meaning behind them.
Ashley Pieren
2010-02-26 22:57:55

Great posters collection...
These are really too good
Shamima Sultana
2010-02-28 03:51:35

nice posters...
like the design
Shamima Sultana
2010-02-28 05:46:31

love the works. beautiful!
2010-02-28 17:48:44

fabulous work, will definitely drop into the London show.
2010-03-01 12:55:25

Polish Posters are amazing.
2010-03-01 14:52:59

Love it.
2010-03-05 14:14:42

A rare polish poster collection is on
Have a look !
2010-03-17 08:50:21

Interesting to see this here - visitors to this site might be interested in my review of the Polish Chopin posters exhibiton at Peninsula Arts in Plymouth -
Steve Clement-Large (My Dog Ate Art)
2010-03-25 12:00:12

Hail the polish posters, fab!
2011-02-09 11:34:43

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