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Cyrk Drumming Bear 1975 Polish Circus Poster, Majewski

Original Polish cyrk (circus) poster featuring a fabulous Drumming Bear design by Gustaw Majewski. Very rare first edition from 1975.

The ‘Cyrk” circus poster in Poland appeared for the first time in 1962 when the ZPR (Zjednoczone Przedsiębiorstwa Rozrywkowe, or United Entertainment Entreprises), the state agency that oversaw the circus, commissioned leading artists from the Polish School of Posters to develop a modern approach to the circus poster.

The ZPR wanted a new look for the circus poster to complement the circus’ efforts to upgrade its image. Not intended to advertise specific performances, they, rather, celebrated the essence of the circus through rich artistic expression with designs typically featuring clever metaphors, bold colours and humour. Heavy in symbolism, provocative and highly original the designs remain contemporary to this day and continue to gain appreciation.

This first edition vintage poster is sized 25 7/8 x 38 1/2 inches and in Rolled Excellent/Near Mint Condition. Small paper-loss on left hand edge. Little creasing and nicks on edges. Looks fab. It will be sent rolled (unframed).