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Cyrk Trapeze R1976 Polish B1 Circus Poster, Gustaw Majewski

An original Polish Circus / Cyrk poster featuring a fab pop art trapeze design by Majewski. The first print run of this design was in 1970, this is from a subsequent print run in 1976. 

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 1/2 x 38 1/4 and in Very Good rolled condition. Little paper-loss on top left corner. Some staining on back not very visible from front. Creasing in places and tears on edges. Displays great!