The ABC’s of Polish Design

Exhibition

Thursday 28 September, 3:00 pm — Sunday 15 October 2017

Budapesti Történeti Múzeum

Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 1014

„The ABC’s of Polish Design”

Opening: 28 September at 3 p.m.

Duration of the exhibition: 29 September – 15 October

Curator: Ewa Solarz

Layout: The Beton studio - Marta and Lech Rowińscy

Visual identification: The Acapulco Studio

Texts about objects: Agnieszka Kowalska, Ewa Solarz, Agata Szydłowska

Place: Budapesti Törteneti Muzeum, Buda Castle Building E

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100 years of Polish design

100 objects

100 images

100 stories

25 illustrators

It's not easy to show 100 years of Polish design limiting oneself to just 100 objects. How to choose the most important ones? How to avoid the temptation to show icons only? How to capture the interest of more than just experts? How can we present the diversity of fields within design?

The exhibition combines past and present, showing the heritage of Polish design through the achievements of contemporary Polish graphic. We display 100 works of Polish designers that have been interpreted by 25 Polish illustrators. Among these visual artists there are people at different stages of their career, including experienced masters of the Polish school of illustration, artists from the young and medium generation who receive rewards all around the globe, as well as young, freshly graduated ones. Most of the visual artists whom we have invited illustrate children's books, at the same time working with broadly understood visual communication. They use different styles and techniques, but all of them have one thing in common: a huge talent.

Among the 100 designs, apart from furniture, glass or porcelain universally associated with design, we have included less obvious things such as: fonts, logos, kids' toys, a locomotive, a neon, a sailplane, a scooter and even the tastiest Polish treat: Ptasie Mleczko, as well as a rubber ring called Ringo – a Polish sports game. We present contemporary designs along with the ones that are already considered classical; unique objects, almost like singular works of art; prototypes that have never entered mass production; but also very popular things that have been used by Poles on a daily basis during the last 100 years.

The show consists not only of the 100 objects and their visual interpretations, but also of 100 stories: about designers, needs, dreams, possibilities and limitations. Not only does it speak of specific projects, but it also explains the designing process, the creation of ideas and the amazing concept of design in general, as the field of art that is the closest to people, because it surrounds us all every day and we couldn't live without it, although most of the time we are not aware of this fact.

The objects are presented in chronological order, which shows that certain materials, topics and forms keep reappearing throughout this 100-year long history of Polish design. The exhibition is addressed to a broad audience, including the youngest generation. The show was organised for the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Poland's sovereignty.

Illustrators participating in the exhibition:

Jacek Ambrożewski, Edgar Bąk, Maciek Blaźniak, Katarzyna Bogucka, Ada Buchholc, Iwona Chmielewska, Robert Czajka, Agata Dudek, Emilia Dziubak, Małgorzata Gurowska, Monika Hanulak, Marta Ignerska, Tymek Jezierski, Paweł Jońca, Agata Królak, Grażka Lange, Patryk Mogilnicki, Piotr Młodożeniec, Ania Niemierko, Ola Niepsuj, Marianna Oklejak, Paweł Pawlak, Dawid Ryski, Marianna Sztyma, Ola Woldańska-Płocińska