Communist-era Polish film posters
In Communist-era Poland, the state-controlled theatre and film institutions would commission artists to create alternative posters for Western films and plays, as the originals were deemed inappropriate.
Some of the country’s leading artists and designers were brought in… with one small catch.
Often they weren’t able to see the film, or have any visual reference, when creating the posters, which often resulted in some rather off-the-wall imagery.
Now a selection of these works - including posters created for Polish-written films and plays and collected by Eye Sea Posters - is to be exhibited in London’s Protein Gallery.
Works by designers including Wiktor Gorka, Waldemer Swierzy and Franciszek Starowieyski will be on show and on sale, and Scot Bendall from La Boca will be creating a special limited-edition tribute screenprint.
Iluzjon: A Celebration of Polish Cinema and Poster Design, is at Protein Gallery, 18 Hewett Street, London EC2, from 19-29 October.