Polish Posters


MoMA presents Polish Posters 1945–89, an installation drawn from the Museum’s collection of 24 posters from the Cold War era of the Polish Poster School, which attracted international attention and admiration.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York, United States.
From Wednesday 06 May 2009 to Monday 30 November 2009

Policja (The Police). 1982.  image

Published by MOMA on Wednesday 27 May 2009.
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Drawing on a rich Central European tradition in graphic arts, designers like Henryk Tomaszewski, Roman Cieslewicz, Jan Lenica, and Franciszek Starowieyski developed a sophisticated visual language characterized by surreal and expressionist tendencies, a bold use of color, and macabre, often satirical humor. Polish posters were generally created to promote cultural events—opera, theatre, films, and exhibitions.

These posters’ images frequently contained explicit evocations of violence and sexuality and appeared at a time when there was little or no advertising. The Communist state maintained a strict censorship policy and monopolized the commissioning and distribution of all printed media in that period, yet bureaucratic patrons colluded in turning a blind eye to the oblique but powerful critical commentaries contained in many of the posters.

On view May 6 through November 30, 2009, the exhibition is organized by Juliet Kinchin, Curator, and Aidan O’Connor, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

The Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor