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Plakat Secesyjny Art Nouveau 1971 Polish Poster Museum Exhibition, Hubert Hilscher

Another of our favourite new additions, the simply sensational original Plakat Secesyjny/Art Nouveau Polish Poster Museum exhibition poster from 1971. Polish School of Posters master Hubert Hilscher ethereal peacock design is remarkable.  

Designed to advertise the exhibition that ran Sept-Nov in 1971 at the Poster Museum in Wilanow in Warsaw. The world’s oldest poster museum, which was founded in 1968, is housed at the Wilanow Palace complex in Warsaw, Poland.

The end of the Second World War marked the dawn of a new period in the development of Polish poster art, which became known as the Polish School of Posters. The recently installed Communist regime began commissioning artists to design posters not only with social and political messages, but also, and more prominently, to promote the many aspects of the government-run (Ministry of Art and Culture) cultural media: concerts, exhibitions, film, jazz, opera, theatre, etc. and the circus (cyrk in Polish). The artists were instructed to reject Western values in their posters and were to follow rules about appropriate messaging, but other than that, they had complete artistic freedom. This resulted in some truly unique and bold designs, chock-full with individual personality, wit and subversive commentary. Heavy in metaphors and symbolism and executed in a painterly fashion with handcrafted typography the posters of the Polish School of Posters significantly influenced the international development of graphic design. The highly original designs remain contemporary to this day and continue to gain appreciation.

This first edition offset lithograph measures 26 1/4 x 38 1/2 inches. It will be sent rolled (unframed). 

  • Year: 1967 (first-year-of-release in Poland)
  • Poster Type: Polish B1
  • Style: -
  • Art By:  Andrzej Krajewski
  • Rolled/Folded/Other: Rolled
  • Condition: Near Mint/Mint
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