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Spanish Connection
November 25, 2011   
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The Wilanów Poster Museum has decided to dig out 80 Spanish prints from its vaults and put them on display alongside 107 Polish film, theater, music and political posters from 1950-2009. Many of these works have so far only been shown occasionally.

The exhibition Restless and Craze… Polish and Spanish Posters of the Postwar Period does not limit itself to works from Poland and Spain, as its title would suggest. The reason for this is that many of the artists in question became political émigrés after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and World War II (1939-1945). The intercultural nature of the exhibition is even further complicated by the biographies of artists like Andrzej Klimowski, a Pole born and raised in Britain, Eduardo Muñoz Bachs, a Cuban born in Spain, and Jaime Nieto, a Spaniard born in France and raised in Poland. By having the two cultures juxtaposed on posters, their beauty and diversity is laid bare and mutual themes come through to underscore the complex links between Poland and Spain.

“There are two or three cases where we’ve put a lone poster from a country neighboring Poland or Spain—for example, the Czech Republic or Portugal—beside the works on display,” says curator Jacek Szelegejd. “What we want to do here—partly as a joke and partly as a surprise—is to show how analogous themes have been interpreted on ‘neutral ground’ as it were. Who knows? This way we might achieve a ‘distorting mirror’ effect, or another enriching point of view.”

The Wilanów Poster Museum opened in 1968 and was the first museum of its kind in the world. The main office used to be the Wilanów Palace riding school. The institution now boasts an artistic poster collection of 55,000 titles and a Polish poster collection of 33,000 titles. The International Poster Biennale, where over 2,000 works from all over the world are shown every two years, has been held at the museum since 1994.

Exhibition open until Jan. 8, 2012
Mon: noon to 4 p.m., Tue to Sun: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wilanów Poster Museum
10/16 Stanisława Kostki-Potockiego St., Warsaw
For more info call 22 842 48 48 or go to www.postermuseum.pl
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