The prestigious graphic design competition, running since 1966, represents artworks created in 2012–2013 from all over the world.

For the first time, works were submitted online and evaluated by the International Jury as early as at the first stage of the competition. Stephan Bundi, David Crowley, Kenya Hara, Jerzy Porebski, Silvia Sfligiotti and Jakub Hakobo Stepien saw 3,814 posters in total. 349 works of professional designers (Category A) and 64 artworks from debuting artists (Category B) were selected for the competition exhibitions.

The Jury awarded prizes during a session in Warsaw on June 7: one Gold, two Silver and three Bronze Medals in Category A and the Henryk Tomaszewski Golden Debut award in Category B.

The competition has been organized by the Wilanów Poster Museum since 1994, however this year’s edition was planned in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and with the Association of Applied Graphic Designers STGU

“The International Poster Biennale was and remains the most important open competition of this sort in the world, juxtaposing the tradition of the ‘Polish poster school’ with foreign works,” said Mariusz Knorowski, curator at the Wilanów Poster Museum. “It is a one-of-a-kind artistic lexicon of knowledge of the contemporary world as interpreted by graphic designers, who care about the perception of the phenomena and facts of their reality. It is the greatest forum for exchange of artistic ideas and aesthetic experiments.”

An accompanying exhibition is open to the public until 14 September, 2014. The works of professional designers (Category A) will be shown at the Poster Museum in Wilanów and the works of debuting artists (Category B) are being displayed at the Salon Akademii gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

Rosocha, by Wieslaw Rosocha, Poland

Winner: Gold Medal (Category A) (right)
poster no: 237

The Jury decided to award the Gold Medal to Wies?aw Rosocha for his poster announcing his own exhibition in the Powiatowa Galeria Sztuki Wspolczesnej in Ostrów Wielkopolski. Said the jury: "Rosocha’s design offers both a strong message about his own work and about the poster in general. The layering of silhouettes, for instance, suggests the seriality which characterises the medium, whilst the attention to the eyes emphasises the importance of sight. Rosocha plays clear homage to the modernist avant-garde but also provides new and subtle notes in his treatment of the surface texture and the rendering of the eyes. The combination of the shape of the head with the type is beautifully achieved."

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