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Color Amid Communist Drabness
April 25, 2013   
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Posters by Jan M這do瞠niec, one of Poland’s greatest 20th-century visual artists and designers, are on display in an exhibition entitled Color Comes First at the Visual Art and Poster Gallery in Warsaw.

M這do瞠niec (1929-2000) was born in Warsaw, where he spent his entire life. In 1955, he graduated from Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts, where he had studied in the studio of Prof. Henryk Tomaszewski, a renowned educator who taught many Polish and European visual artists.

M這do瞠niec is regarded as one of the most prominent poster designers in Poland and abroad, as evidenced by numerous prizes he won at international competitions and by articles about his work published in foreign design magazines. Apart from posters, M這do瞠niec was known for his paintings and covers he designed for books and magazines, leaving behind an enormous legacy of paintings and other visual work.

M這do瞠niec excelled in the use of color along with puns and brilliant wit conveyed in his own distinctive style. His colorful posters were like light that brightened up the dismal cityscape of communist Poland. Out of the total of more than 400 posters M這do瞠niec designed, most were for movies, theatrical plays, galleries and museums.

Until May 15
Visual Art and Poster Gallery; 40 Ho瘸 St., Warsaw
tel. 22 622-43-28
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