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Polske Surrealister (Polish Surrealists) (Poster for a Berlin exhibition of Polish Surrealist art)

Although Lenica left Poland in 1963 to work in Paris and Berlin, he continued to accept commissions from the Polish state agencies. This poster advertising a German exhibition of Polish Surrealist art is indicative of Western European interest in the Polish art and design of the 1960s. Lenica's motif of brains in a bowler hat is a witty adaptation of imagery by Belgian artist René Magritte. It indicates the pervasive Polish fascination with Surrealism as well as the characteristic Central European emphasis on the concealed interior life of the individual.

Credit: Gift of the designer...

1970
Offset lithograph
97.2 x 67.5cm
486.1987
Image © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Text © MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York

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