ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Posterized: Warsaw International Poster Biennale in Hong Kong Exhibition
Dates: 19 March 2021 - 6 April 2021
Time: 11:00 - 20:00
Venue: 2/F, QUBE, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Organizer: PMQ & Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Hong Kong
(Pre-registration is required)
PMQ and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Hong Kong are proud to present "Posterized: Warsaw International Poster Biennale in Hong Kong". The exhibition will be held with support from the honorary patron, Poster Museum in Wilanów (a division of the National Museum in Warsaw), the President of the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw, and International Poster Biennale organizers ASP Warsaw and STGU.
The exhibition brings 50 years of award-winning works from the legendary Biennale to Hong Kong for the very first time. An artistic feast, it is scheduled to run from 19 March to 6 April at the QUBE at PMQ. It offers an opportunity to foster the appreciation of poster art by showcasing an extensive collection of international masterpieces for the first time at the heart of Hong Kong.
A sequel to the “Posterized. Poster Art from Poland” exhibition of 2018, the upcoming
exhibition reflects PMQ and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Hong Kong’s dedication to the art and culture of posters. While the first “Posterized” shone a spotlight on the most influential Polish poster artists and featured a series of works created especially for the event as a tribute to Hong Kong, the upcoming exhibition serves as a monumental retrospective of the prestigious Biennale. It boasts a selection of more than 140 award-winning masterpieces from 26 editions of the event, spanning over five decades.
The exhibition presents works from more than 120 designers from 23 countries and
regions, including key figures from the Polish Poster School such as Henryk Tomaszewski, Jan Lenica and Waldemar Świerzy; Japanese design masters such as Kazumasa Nagai, Yusaku Kamekura, Shigeo Fukuda and Ikko Tanaka; Pop Art icon Andy Warhol; and cutting-edge French design collective GRAPUS.
A collaboration between Hong Kong and Poland Agnieszka Mori (Aga), co-curator of the exhibition, stated: “The exhibition ‘Posterized: Warsaw International Poster Biennale in Hong Kong’ is undoubtedly an important review of achievements in worldwide poster design. By emphasizing categories rather than production dates, the exhibition focuses on the questions: What is a poster? Where is it going? How does it evolve? By looking back to half a century ago, we can see that the posters haven’t lost any power over time, and have become even more relevant today.” Aga, a Polish visual artist and curator based in Hong Kong, together with Max Skorwider, a visual artist, curator and professor based in Poznan, have joined forces once again with the generous support of Professor Lech Majewski, President of International Poster Biennale in Warsaw, to curate the exhibition. Departing from the conventional curatorial method of a chronological display, the two curators chose to showcase the works by following the Biennale’s tradition of award categories: Ideological, Culture and Advertising. This highlights the vital artistic and societal roles posters played in advancing new ideologies, transcending cultures and fostering communication in different times and places.
The Biennale’s Hong Kong debut Poland is known for its artistic achievements in posters, giving rise to the influential Polish Poster School movement in the second half of the 20th century and the establishment in 1966 of the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw. The latter is one of the most historical and prestigious events in the world dedicated to the art of posters. In the half century following its debut, the Biennale presented the best in poster design and became an important event for artists of different generations and regions to gather and exchange ideas. The winners, juries and representatives of the International Poster Biennale constitute a galaxy of prominent figures in graphic design, including Henryk
Tomaszewski, Andy Warhol and Kazumasa Nagai. “Posterized” offers Hong Kong audiences a rare opportunity to experience the power of these masterpieces first-hand.
A variety of engagement programs will be hosted concurrently with the exhibition, including online Polish curator and designer talks, movie screening, school tours and curator tours. There will also be a DIY free-flow workshop that allows participants to design their own mini-posters or button badges to take home. “Posterized: Warsaw International Poster Biennale in Hong Kong” is the largest and most comprehensive selection of awarded works from the legendary International Poster Biennale ever to be showcased outside Warsaw. A landmark retrospective, the exhibition maps out the development of posters over the last half century. The last time International Poster Biennale showed in Asia was in 2007, when its first-prize works were exhibited at the iconic ggg gallery in Ginza, Tokyo.
About International Poster Biennale in Warsaw
The International Poster Biennale in Warsaw was established in 1966 and is one of themost prestigious events in the world dedicated to the art of posters.The goal of the Biennale is to present the best achievements in poster design by artistsfrom many countries in order to better understand forms of expression in modern posterdesign around the world. This was the motto of the first Biennale organized in 1966.For over four decades, every two years in June, Warsaw becomes the place where artistsfrom different regions of the world, representing different generations, meet.From the very beginning, the organizers have shown they consider the poster afull-fledged medium of originality and an autonomous discipline within graphic design.They also made the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw the most important forum forthe exchange of artistic ideas – and so it remains to this day.
Located in the heart of Hong Kong’s SoHo district, PMQ is the landmark of creative anddesign industries housing over 100 Hong Kong emerging designers. In 2014, PMQ wasrevitalised and transformed into a creative hub with a variety of design studios andworkshops, showcasing a wide array of design products including fashion andaccessories, gifts & premium, homeware and small furniture as well as other lifestylegoods and creative products. PMQ has now become an interactive platform in supportingup and coming creative talents, as well as fostering a community of patrons and lovers ofcreativity, design and heritage. It is one of the popular venues in town for internationaldesign, arts and cultural events from Hong Kong and around the world.
About the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland
The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Hong Kong was established 30 yearsago. The Consulate actively promotes cultural exchange between Poland and Hong Kongby organizing or co-hosting various events and exhibitions with a Polish interest workingclosely with organisations such as PMQ. Its constant mission is to bring betterunderstanding of Polish culture and facilitate cultural exchanges between Poland andHong Kong.