Andrzej Klimowski – theatre and film posters

25.07 – 3.08, Tue-Sat 12.00-18.00

Polish Posters Gallery in Wrocław, Św. Mikołaja 54-55 Str.

Andrzej Klimowski is the most Polish of English artists and the most English of Polish artists. Born in London in 1949, he studied painting and sculpture at St. Martin’s School of Art. Between 1973 and 1980 he lived in Poland and created film and theatre posters, studying in the studio of Henryk Tomaszewski between 1973 and 1974. Since 1984 he has been teaching at the Royal College of Art in London, where he is currently the professor in charge of the Visual Communication Program. Andrzej Klimowski designs posters, book covers and illustrations, and is the author of several graphic novels. In his designs, he uses traditional artistic techniques: photography,
drawing, printmaking. Klimowski’s posters often make use of processed, rasterized photographs, set together in surrealist collages, whose gloomy atmosphere, bringing to mind expressionist films of the 1920s, is determined by minimal light. Klimowski describes the world from its darker side and gives his characters wings which do not allow them to fly, only weigh them down – or maybe they let the soul arise? The poster announcing the exhibition features a bat painting on the lens of a camera pointed at the viewer. One can assume that he is the superhero-supercreator, inviting us into his world, which, though photographed, remains a world created from the ground up by the artist. The exhibition includes several dozen film and theatre posters from 1973-2013.

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