Film Museum in Łódź



The Film Museum in Łódź would like to invite you to participate in the American New Wave in Polish Film Poster exhibition arranged to document the dynamic development of graphic design in poster art in Poland throughout 70’s, much before the era of globalized entertainment which made movie posters look the same in every country.

The main goal of the exhibition is to show the power of suggestion of the Polish School of Poster represented by such great artists as: Roman Cieślewicz, Jan Młodożeniec, Jan Lenica, Waldemar Świerzy, Wiesław Wałkuski, Jakub Erol, Rafał Olbiński, Andrzej Pągowski who combined the aesthetics of painting with succinctness and simple metaphors.

Revealing artist’s emotional involvement with the subject and being far from objective, posters from Poland show different point of view and interpretation of the films.

In many cases posters in this exhibition interprets the subject in a very metaphorical and symbolic way and the resulting images are often surreal and rich in double meanings. It transforms a simple thing like a poster into a sort of intellectual labyrinth and games of hide-and-seek. It creates a special bond between an artist and viewer encouraging him to see the film.

As Krzysztof Kieślowski once said: It’s not all the same to me who makes a poster. One person wins my trust  –  if he made a poster I try to get a ticket.  Others I do not trust  – I don’t care what suits them. In that sense the author of the poster becomes a co-author of the film and stands behind it.

The exhibition has been prepared from materials from collection of Film Museum in Łódź.

Curators of the exbibition: Piotr Kulesza, Sławomir Bit