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Cyrk Lion Acrobat R1978 Polish Circus Poster, Hilscher

The wonderful original stripy lion Polish Cyrk (circus) poster from 1978. Super cool and colourful design by Hilscher.

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.

Hilscher's design was first printed in 1970, this vintage poster is from its official third print in 1978 and is sized 26 x 38 1/2 inches. It is in Rolled Near Mint/Mint condition. Just some light creasing in places. Looks fantastic. Will be sent rolled (unframed).