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War in Posters
November 19, 2008 By M.H.    
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An exhibition entitled Ballad About a Soldier. War in Polish Film Posters at the Silesian Museum in Katowice, southern Poland, has assembled more than 100 posters from the museum's collection that were created for films about World War II. It showcases the work of some of Poland's most celebrated poster artists: Waldemar Świeży, Stanisław Zamecznik, Marian Stachurski, Jerzy Flisak and Roman Cieślewicz.

War is not an easy theme to grasp for the poster artist. Ranging from tragedy to comedy, from spectacular historical reconstruction to intimate psychological drama, it demands not only a great deal of craft but also the ability to intimately absorb the subject matter, read the director's intentions and at the same time satisfy the expectations of the audience. Polish film poster art from the second half of the 20th century is enormously popular and highly regarded throughout the world. This sample of works from the "Polish poster school" devoted to war films proves yet again that this reputation is justified.

The exhibition also features weapons and military memorabilia.

Silesian Museum, 3 W. Korfantego Ave., Katowice, until Dec. 31.
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