Insider’s Poster Guide
For some people, paintings on canvas may seem ostentatious or simply be too expensive. Posters, however, due to the fact that they are easy to duplicate, can be printed and issued at a significantly lower cost. And, for those who wish to maintain the element of uniqueness and historicism, it is always possible to buy the original first print edition. Your next investment could be that cool poster hanging in your hallway!
Polish posters are loved around the world. Known for their original typography and unique illustrations that often verge on optical illusion, visually, they form a coherent whole with an often amusing character and undeniable aesthetic value.
The heyday of the so-called Polish School of Poster Art falls in the middle of the 20th-century, around the 1950s and 1960s. Outside of Poland, the works gained recognition a little later. This change in international recognition explains the shift in subject matter – in the 1970s posters more often presented films directed outside of Polish borders.
Today, vintage Polish posters are easily accessible. We recommend a visit to the annual Poster Fair, held at the Poster Gallery in the main hall of the University of Warsaw Library or, of course, a quick search online. These are a few websites to keep in mind: