Fresh Take on Warsaw
August 29, 2013
A depiction of the Warsaw Mermaid with distinctly Asian features and almond-shaped eyes was among work submitted for an international contest organized by the Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art in Warsaw.
The mermaid, which is featured on Warsaw’s coat of arms, was sent in by an artist from China and caused a few smiles among the organizers of the contest, in which caricaturists were asked to focus on Warsaw-related themes.
Museum of Caricature director Zygmunt Zaradkiewicz said, “Warsaw has been lauded by poets, it has inspired painters and it never ceases to inspire caricature artists. “But for some unknown reason, in recent years caricaturists seem to be less interested in Warsaw. Perhaps this is a sign that it is a well-managed city which these days no longer gives cartoonists reasons to poke fun at it. We decided to check that by holding an international competition with Warsaw in the main role.”
The judges had a hard time trying to select the best out of the several hundred drawings submitted for the contest. The Grand Prix prize went to Vladimir Kazanevsky from Ukraine, while Polish cartoonist Jerzy Fedro took home the first prize. Awards and distinctions also went to artists from China, Luxembourg, Ukraine and Poland.
Drawings submitted for the competition will be exhibited at the Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art (11 Kozia St.) from Sept. 17.