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Master of Design
April 30, 2014   
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The Zachęta National Gallery of Art has launched an exhibition to mark the 100 years since the birth of Henryk Tomaszewski, a leading figure in the Polish Poster School movement and one of Poland’s finest postwar graphic designers.

Tomaszewski (1914-2005) developed a vivid and unique design style of design whose origins and impact are explored in the new exhibition. Primarily a poster designer, Tomaszewski also produced book covers and illustrations for magazines. The exhibition includes many of these, along with hand-drawn sketches for posters that give audiences an insight into design techniques from before the digital era.

In the first of the exhibition’s three sections are posters from the Polish Poster School movement (1945-late 1950s), a time when Tomaszewski invented posters that were based on visual simplicity and the use of metaphor. Most of these are today seen as classics.

In the second section, visitors to the Zachęta gallery can see posters from the 1960s, the decade when Tomaszewski shifted from a lavish, painterly style towards simpler and more abstract design. The final part of the exhibition centers around the concept of the letter, which appears to be the most prominent element in many of Tomaszewski’s posters.

Tomaszewski was also a distinguished professor of the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw. Students from around the world were keen to study with him. The exhibition’s title, I Was Here. I Wish You The Same. Henryk Tomaszewski, is taken from a note he posted on a classroom door after his students failed to show up for class one morning.

Until June 10
Zachęta National Gallery of Art; 3 Małachowskiego St.
www.zacheta.art.pl
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