Poster exhibition

Friday 12 February, 5:00 pm — Saturday 2 April 2016

Polish Institute

1065 Budapest, Nagymező u. 15.

Mieczysław Wasilewski (1942, Warszawa)

Mieczyslaw Wasilewski (1942, Warsaw) lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts with Professor Henryk Tomaszewski. After earning his diploma in 1966, he began his career as a poster, book and logo designer and illustrator. Wasilewski's work displays a masterful grasp of artistic media, including new technologies, yet he often relies upon simple drawing to achieve depth and spontaneity. Applying a design philosophy based on synthesis of image, Wasilewski uses a minimum of means for maximum effect. He is gifted with a penetrating vision, humor and a mind that makes unexpected associations, resulting in labyrinthine design solutions that often resemble games of hide-and-seek. Wasilewski is inspired by the traditions of the Polish Poster School, which played a prominent role in the development of design after WWII. The graphic artists who established the Polish Poster School shared a search for new artistic meanings and a more personal way of expressing subject matter, as well as a commitment to bring design to a higher level of fine art. Polish School posters pro­duced during the 1950s and '60s are notable for their originality, avant-garde perspectives, emotional engagement and humanitarian content. Wasilewski is a clear heir to this venerable tradition.

Wasilewski has taught at the Warsaw Academy of Arts since 1971. In 1985 he was made Professor in the Academy of Arts as successor to Henryk Tomaszewski. Wasilewski has also taught at universities and schools of higher education in Damascus, Frankfurt, Groningen and Helsinki. He serves frequently as a juror of international poster and illustration competitions, and his work has been exhib­ited throughout Europe and South America.

Opening speech by Krisztina Jerger, art historian