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International Poster Biennale
June 29, 2012   
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The Wilanów Poster Museum is exhibiting the works of more than 800 designers from all over the world as part of the 23rd International Poster Biennale. The exhibition will be open until Sept. 16.

The Biennale began in 1966 and was the first event of its kind anywhere in the world. It kept attracting increasing numbers of graphic designers and soon became the leading international event of its kind with close on 3,000 works being submitted at every event.

The rules were changed in 2004 to add a Golden Debut category to the existing Advertising, Social and Cultural categories. The idea was to give new designers a start. Only those works which win prizes and/or distinctions are displayed at the exhibition.

The competition draws artists and admirers of poster art from every corner of the globe every two years. Japanese designer Takashi Akiyama says that every biennale is completely different. “These exhibitions give us an opportunity to see, with our own eyes, the trends that have dominated the poster world over the previous two years, as well as the social issues that artists have been involved with,” he says.

The Wilanów Poster Museum opened on June 4, 1968 as a section of the National Museum in Warsaw. The museum office was built on land that once belonged to the Wilanów Palace riding school. It currently boasts a collection of 55,000 artistic posters, of which 33,000 are Polish. Apart from organizing exhibitions, the museum runs a publishing arm.

23rd International Poster Biennale
Wilanów Poster Museum;
10/16 St. Kostki Potockiego St.
until Sept. 16
Open: Mon: noon -4 p.m.;
Tue-Sun: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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