Between Art Deco And Modernism. Polish Posters From 1918 – 1939 from the collection of the Poster Museum at Wilanów.

Polish Institute New Delhi and Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, in collaboration with the Poster Museum at Wilanów, presents exhibition titled “Between Art Deco And Modernism. Polish Posters From 1918 – 1939 from the collection of the Poster Museum at Wilanów.”

Dates: 11th – 23rd October 2018
Inauguration: 9th October 2018 at 6:00 PM
(Open all days except Wednesdays, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM)

Venue: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan (Rani Baug)
91 A, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Road
Byculla East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400027


A poster by Tadeusz Gronowski, dated 1936.

The exhibition consists of a selection of 37 posters, featuring works of several talented Polish artists like Tadeusz Gronowski, Zygmunt Glinicki, and Wojciech Kossak.

“Since the late 19th – early 20th century, poster design has been recognised in the Polish artistic tradition as a source of national pride. In its early stages, posters executed in Poland and in surrounding countries were very similar and comparable in form. During the 1920s, when the poster was becoming defined as an independent art form, an interest in folk art patterns emerged. Later, in the 1930s, this use of native folklore as a source of innovation served to form a ‘Polish national style’.


A poster by Bolesław Surałło-Gajduczeni, dated 1935.

“Poster design was considered a driving force of artistic progress as it brought together architecture, painting and sculpture with artistic design. The ability to blend both the new and the existing bought Polish artists to a level of international recognition for their modern stylisation and interpretation of folklore at the Paris exposition of Decorative Art in 1925.

“In addition to references to folk art, a modernistic orientation, open to impulses from the outside, also appeared and was best expressed by students at the Warsaw Polytechnic Institute. They achieved great success in another important exhibition titled ‘Art and Technology in Modern Art’, held in Paris in 1937. The high awards received by them were recognition of the unique qualities of Polish posters as being highly conceptual, with rationality and clarity of composition.

“The two distinct approaches, traditionalism and modernism complemented each other and combined to allow for individual expression. This harmonious synthesis best defines Polish poster art in the period between the wars. Towards the end of this period, a distinct ‘Polish’ style emerged.


A poster by Zygmunt Glinicki, dated approx. 1934.

“The outbreak of World War II suspended all stylistic development of the Polish poster. After the war, during the era of the People’s Republic of Poland, the function of the poster changed to total propaganda. At the same time, there emerged opposition in the field of artistic form and style, giving rise to the famous Polish School of Posters in the 1950s.”

(– Mariusz Knorowski, Chief Curator, Poster Museum at Wilanów)