Hidden Meanings in CYRK
CYRK...original contemporary/vintage art posters are more than striking images created by the artistic geniuses of the world-famous Polish School of Posters - acclaimed as the best in contemporary poster art. CYRK posters are also the artists' interpretation and commentary on society, often communicating to the viewer camouflaged political and/or social messages - hidden meanings.
During the golden age of the Polish School of Posters from 1945 (the end of World War II) until 1989 (the fall of Communism), the Polish Government financially supported and encouraged poster art: sponsoring the 1st International Poster Biennale (1966) [note- the 20th Biennale was held 2006 in Warsaw], opening the world's first poster museum (1968) and treating poster artists favorably. Consequently, Polish posterists - being well-paid, highly-regarded and given much autonomy - became the spokespeople of society as their posters became the primary art form of the nation.
Spend time pondering CYRK posters! Discover the artists' and/or your own interpretation of the messages residing below the surface of the beautiful imagery! A sampling of hidden meanings in a few CYRK posters:
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CYRK posters also include some generic symbols: bears often represent the former Soviet Union (the Russian bear) [#233 Majewski, G. Bear playing drum (1975)/#112 Srokowski, J. Bear biking (1970)]; the use of the English word 'circus' instead of CYRK to connote a pro-Western outlook [#26 Hilscher, H. Zebra...(1979)/#171 Mlodozeniec, J. Clown...(1975)].
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