Polish Poster from the Collections of The Polish Museum of America and The Polish Mission of The Orchard Lake Schools
The National Museum in Szczecin
Wały Chrobrego 3 | Wały Chrobrego 3

The exhibition “Polish Poster from the Collections of The Polish Museum of America and The Polish Mission of The Orchard Lake Schools” on account of the cooperation with The Museum of Literature and Printing in Grębocin is to be presented at The National Museum in Szczecin from March 10th to May 28th 2017.

The exhibition is a choice of around a hundred works (posters, occasional printings and illustrations) being a part of one of the greatest foreign collections of Polish posters, which belongs to The Polish Museum of America (Chicago) and The Polish Mission of The Orchard Lake Schools. The objects are historically related to the Second Republic of Poland – times, when applied graphic arts played a vital role in patriotic activities and met the need for prestige of young country in the field of popularizing information and propaganda.

The prints were created in the environment of Polish immigrants and in result of World War II they remained in The USA. In 1966 Polish authorities officially donated them to The Polish Museum and The Polish Mission. The collection includes exhibits of great historical and artistic value. Some of them have not been recorded in collections of this type in Poland.

One of the largest parts of the collection are patriotic works, characterized by emotions. They were created mainly in middle 20th century and published among Polish environment abroad, having occasional character, thus not meeting the highest aesthetic and artistic standards.

However, the message, expressiveness and readability were much more important than the form. These works are a sentimental testimony to Polish national identity and its expression. They include a rich iconographical repertory based on religious and martyrologic art. The piety of Polish traditions and habits as well, as richness of Polish folklore distinguishing Poles among American social landscape were particularly highlighted. Polish heroes and cultural and economic potential were glorified. True emotions, patriotism and the sense of national separateness outweigh purely artistic value.

Today, the presented output carries mainly historical meaning – it is a record of the time, of  publishing aspirations, a reaction to contemporary reality. In 1920s and 1930s the poster of social and political meaning gained particularly high position. Nowadays it is a precious narration, in an objective way depicting the phenomena that caused it. It seems to be almost epic story of its time. 

The National Museum in Szczecin, 3 Wały Chrobrego St.

Exhibition opening: March 10th 2017 (Friday), 6.00 P.M.,
Free entrance, exhibition open until May 28th 2017

Curators: Marlena Chybowska-Butler (The National Museum in Szczecin) Dariusz Subocz (The Museum of Literature and Printing in Grębocin)
Organizer: The National Museum in Szczecin
Co-Organizer: The Museum of Literature and Printing in Grębocin