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Cyrk Polish Circus Poster Bear with Ball 1965, Holdanowicz

We adore this original Polish Cyrk / Circus poster from 1965. Lovely bear design by Leszek Holdanowicz.

The ‘Cyrk” circus poster in Poland appeared for the first time in 1962 when the ZPR (Zjednoczone Przedsiębiorstwa Rozrywkowe, or United Entertainment Enterprises), 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 vintage poster is sized 26 1/4 x 37 3/4 inches. It is in Folded/Rolled Near Mint condition. Originally folded (as issued) but stored flat a long time and folds barely noticeable. Paper darkened with age in places and some light foxing. Few light creases, looks fantastic! It will be sent rolled (unframed).