Polish Independence Posters

The exhibition presents a selection of Polish independence posters from different periods, all related to the broadly defined struggle for freedom and independence. Among them, we find posters calling for an armed fight (dating from World War I and II or the Polish-Soviet war) or supporting fight or humanitarian aid to the victims of conflicts, but also propaganda posters, supporting and promoting various visions – social, economic and political – of free Poland.

The chronological approach to the subject allows, above all, to show the history of Poland and its most crucial moments when the form of the State was decided. Among the chosen works, we present posters from the period of World War I and II, the interwar period and the post-war period (including Solidarnosc posters or related to the introduction of martial law). Thus, apart from important historical events, the exhibition will also familiarize the public with the social, economic and political changes in Polish society over the last 100 years.

The wide selection of presented works, selected for both their historical and aesthetic value, also gives the opportunity to analyze the evolution of poster art – an area in which Polish artists have enjoyed an unwavering and well-deserved reputation for many years (the famous “Polish Poster School”) – and the role and commitment of artists in the fight for Independence and State formation.

The exhibition is part of the events celebrating the centenary of Poland regaining its independence and commemorates both this landmark event and the last 100 years of Polish history. The exhibition is part of the project “In the Service of Art and Homeland” organized by the Gallery Roi Doré and the Art-maniac platform, which aims to promote knowledge about Polish history – from the events related to Poland regaining its independence through its fate from this crucial moment to nowadays – and the relationship between art and history. The project “In the Service of Art and Homeland” pays particular attention to the role of artists in the fight for free and independent Poland.

The exhibition is a part of the official celebrations of the centenary of Poland regaining its independence.
Partners of the exhibition: Muzeum Niepodleglosci w Warszawie, Société Historique et Littéraire Polonaise/ Bibliothèque Polonaise de Paris and Ksiaznica Cieszynska.

Exhibition from October 23rd ’till November 24th, 2018.

Opening on October 20th, 2018.