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Tongue-in-Cheek Soccer
May 31, 2012   
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The Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art in Warsaw has opened an exhibition of the best and funniest works entered for an international satirical cartoon competition focusing on soccer.

Zygmunt Zaradkiewicz, the director of the museum, says that sport is an integral part of society. “There are a number of ideals embedded in the concept of sport such as noble competition, the pursuit of perfection, overcoming weakness and pushing boundaries,” Zaradkiewicz said. “They bear witness to failure and victory, exposing both the noblest and the most brutal aspects of people. The joy of victory and the bitter taste of defeat, tears and laughter are best viewed in the distorting mirror of satire. The cartoons on display take on what is both commendable and revolting about soccer with as much passion as soccer fans have for the game.”

Soccer proved to be a highly appealing subject, producing almost 1,200 entries for the international competition by cartoonists from over 50 countries ranging from Albania, Argentina and Armenia to Kazakhstan, the Philippines and Poland.

Following two preliminary rounds, an international panel of judges chose five winners and handed out three special awards. Works shown at the exhibition include a family portrait depicting a mother praying to a soccer referee, drawn by Krzysztof Grzondziel (Grand Prix), a psychoanalytical cartoon entitled The Couch by Gerhard Grepp from Vienna (First Prize), and Ikea Goalposts, which is a caricature by Ross Thomson from Britain (Third Prize) depicting goal posts as ready-to-assemble Ikea furniture.

Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art in Warsaw
11 Kozia St.; until Sept. 16
For further information go to www.muzeumkarykatury.pl
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