Warsaw in Caricature
October 31, 2013
Warsaw can make you love it, but it can also drive you mad. Like any other metropolis, it can amaze with grandeur while at the same, the congested traffic causes endless frustration. Warsaw has been lauded by poets, it has inspired painters and it never ceases to inspire caricaturists.
The city captivates artists and draws them with an irresistible allure and an air of mystery and tragic history. Nevertheless, according to Museum of Caricature director Zygmunt Zaradkiewicz, 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,” Zaradkiewicz said. “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 funny and witty drawings. The Grand Prix prize went to Vladimir Kazanevsky from Ukraine (pictured), 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 are exhibited at the Museum of Caricature and Cartoon Art (11 Kozia St.) until Nov. 25.