Piotr Rypson

Identity survival

TYPO Berlin 2013 Touch | Saturday, 18 May | 6:00 pm | Stage | English

Fast-paced presentation of turns and twists of graphic design in Poland in the 20th and 21st century is an attempt to provide stylistic and historical context to the developments in this area. The audience will be guided through the birth of “national style” and its avant-garde rivals, early mass-media designing and the formation of high-brow, socialist esthetics vs. authoritarian, militarized communication design of the 1920s and 1930s, the postwar “battle of book covers” and the birth of eclectic “Polish Poster School”. The visual rhetoric of the real-socialist state will be juxtaposed with individual visual languages of the political and cultural opposition – closing with a discussion of the visual communication landscape after the capitalist deluge of marketing imagery.


Piotr Rypson

Piotr Rypson is Deputy Director for Research at the National Museum in Warsaw and holds a PhD in literary studies (University of Warsaw, 2002). He is guest lecturer at various universities and colleges in Europe and USA; visiting professor of graphic design and visual communication at Rhode Island School of…

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