Visual Language of Lech Majewski. Polish Art Posters

Exhibition

Exhibition Dates:17-30 August 2018

Timings: 10.30 AM to 5.00 PM (Sundays Closed)

Venue: Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal, Kathmandu, Nepal

The exhibition consists of 30 posters by Lech Majewski, one of the most renowned Polish graphic artists and a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. It presents a cross-section of the artist’s works, including posters made for theater plays, festivals, and exhibitions etc. These posters enable the viewer to decode his visual language.

Lech Majewski is quite meticulous in his approach. In his own words: “I try to avoid trends. I prefer to go my way, which results from my world perception. In-depth analysis of my subject is the first step. To whom the work is supposed to be addressed also matters a lot. Then, I choose forms of expressions as far as the merit, interpretation, and graphic design are concerned. I like colors. I like drawings. Each element in my work has its specific function, contributing to the whole composition. Naturally, I use computer as one of the tools that support creation. Understanding what visual language really is and how it differs from languages used in other disciplines of arts was the starting point for my own exploration in the field of graphic design.”

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Lech Majewski was born in Olsztyn, Poland and graduated from the Faculty of Graphics at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw at the studio of Professor Henryk Tomaszewski – the father of Polish School of Poster. He specializes in editorial and advertising graphic design, but most of all he is connected to the form of poster. He also designs books.

Professor Majewski is the President of the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw. He was named Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic. He is a laureate of numerous international awards. He has held lectures and workshops in many universities and exhibited his works across the world including Poland, Switzerland, France, Italy, Finland, Mexico, Chile, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, China, India, Russia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovenia, Macedonia, Great Britain, Vietnam, Cambodia, USA, Bolivia, Norway, and Japan.

He is also noted for his book cover designs and had created the cover of the celebrated Indian author Jeet Thayil’s popular book “Narcopolis” – recipient of the DSC prize for South Asian literature. The book has been translated and published in Poland in summer 2015. Majewski also composes music and plays guitar.