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The Funny Side of the Last 25 Years
December 1, 2014   
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More than 300 caricatures and satirical drawings showing how Poland has changed in the last 25 years since the end of communism will be on display at the Rampa Theater in Warsaw from Dec. 14 to Feb. 15 in an exhibition called A to Polska właśnie (This is Poland).

The exhibition follows a competition for caricaturists and cartoonists held by the Association of Polish Caricature Artists (SPAK). The association’s head, Witold Mysyrowicz, said, “On June 4, 1989, partially free parliamentary elections were held in Poland that initiated an avalanche of political as well as economic changes in the country and throughout Eastern Europe. This year the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism has been celebrated country-wide. The Association of Polish Caricature Artists has decided to symbolically join these celebrations. Our competition attracted 42 artists from across Poland. With their typical tongue-in-cheek approach and humor, they portrayed leading figures in Polish politics, sports, media and society in the last quarter century.”

The competition judges—Marek Wojciech Chmurzyński, Michał Bojara, Jacek Frankowski, Andrzej Mleczko and Witold Mysyrowicz—awarded the top prize to artist Zbigniew Woźniak. Artur Galicki won in the satirical drawing category, and Henryk Cebula grabbed the award in the caricature category for his rendition of Polish heavyweight boxer Tomasz Adamek. Those singled out for praise included Andrzej Graniak, who received a special award from the Museum of Caricature, and Wiesław Lipecki, who won an honorable mention from the Association of Polish Caricature Artists.

In addition to prizes for competition winners, the Association of Polish Caricature Artists will hand out its Eryk Statuettes for 2013 at an awards ceremony accompanying the opening of the exhibition Dec. 13. The evening will also feature a charity auction to benefit Zenon Porzucek, a seriously ill cartoonist and member of the association. Guests will be entertained by a performance based on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, directed by Adam Opatowicz and choreographed by Paulina Andrzejewska.

The This is Poland exhibition will be open to visitors every day from Dec. 14 to Feb. 15 at the Rampa Theater during the theater’s working hours.

Rampa Theater; 20 Kołowa St.; Warsaw
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