The project ‘Polish Posters under Northern Lights’ in Iceland is a combination of exhibitions, lectures about history of poster art, workshops and special screenings, which are going to be held between September and November 2017 in Reykjavik and Akureyri.

Cultural posters on the streets are invitations to cinema, music concerts, theatre and opera. Social posters need to challenge and call an audience for action. Colours and images on a poster catch people’s eyes and inspire their imagination.

In Poland there is a great tradition of poster making. Poster art is something more than designing an advertisement. The characteristic elements of the poster are conciseness, precision of expression, poetic stylistic and metaphor. On the one hand, Polish posters surprise with their grotesque and humour, on the other, they threaten with surrealistic character bursting with metaphors.

The phenomen of Polish poster school evokes direct associations with the whole generation of well-known artists, who created in reality of post-war years in Poland and were able to leave their expressive mark in the contemporary culture art. Original in both their message and style, posters were appreciated not only in Poland but abroad as well. The Development of new technology contributed to the change of the poster form, but nevertheless this visual information continues to influence the next generation of practitioners.

On behalf of the non-profit organization Stowarzyszenie Ogrody Sztuki (Art Garden Association) and the Poster Gallery in Krakow we would like to invite you to discover the spirit of Polish posters. Join us during the events in several locations: Iceland Academy of the Arts, Nordic House, Reykjavik City Library – Gerduberg Culture House, Akureyri Art Museum, Municipal Library of Akureyri, Kartöflugeymslan Gallery, MAk – Akureyri Culture Society and Reykjavík International Film Festival.

See you there!

Project coordinators: Natalia Dydo, Kinga Włodarczyk



Stowarzyszenie Ogrody Sztuki | Art Garden Association

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Galeria Plakatu w Krakowie | Cracow Poster Gallery



Project is co-financed by The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland | Dofinansowano ze środków Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego Rzeczpospolitej Polski | Styrkt af ráðuneyti menningar og þjóðararfs í Póllandi