Polish Posters

Free entrance/ The Nordic House foyer 

The exhibition features a selection of Polish posters for international films. The posters have been created in the last decade and are individual interpretations of the older movies. A part of posters is related to movies whose directors were honorary guests at Reykjavik Film Festival in past years, among others David Cronenberg, Jim Jarmusch or Alejandro Jodorowsky. Additionally, the exhibition will show posters for famous movies of Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Roman Polański or Krzysztof Kieślowski.

Polish Posters under Northern Lights

The project ‘Polish Posters under Northern Lights’ in Iceland is a combination of exhibitions, lectures about the history of poster art, workshops and special screenings, which are going to be held between 23 and 29 September 2017 in Reykjavik and Akureyri.

Cultural posters on the streets are invitations to the cinema, music concerts, theatre, and opera. Social posters need to challenge and call an audience for action. Colours and images on a poster catch people’s eyes and inspire their imagination.

In Poland, there is a great tradition of poster making. Poster art is something more than designing an advertisement. The characteristic elements of the poster are conciseness, precision of expression, poetic stylistic and metaphor. On the one hand, Polish posters surprise with their grotesque and humor, on the other, they threaten with surrealistic character bursting with metaphors.

The phenomenon of Polish poster school evokes direct associations with the whole generation of well-known artists, who created in reality of postwar years in Poland and were able to leave their expressive mark in the contemporary culture art. Original in both their message and style, posters were appreciated not only in Poland but abroad as well. The Development of new technology contributed to the change of the poster form, but nevertheless, this visual information continues to influence the next generation of practitioners.

On behalf of the non-profit organization Stowarzyszenie Ogrody Sztuki (Art Garden Association) and the Poster Gallery in Krakow, we would like to invite you to discover the spirit of Polish posters. Join us during the events in several locations: Iceland Academy of the Arts, Nordic House, Gerduberg Culture Centre, Akureyri Art Museum, Municipal Library of Akureyri, Kartöflugeymslan Gallery, MAk – Akureyri Culture Society and Reykjavík International Film Festival.

See you there!

The project in Iceland is donated by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.