Mystic Pizza

 Jan Mlodozeniec applied to art school on a bit of a whim after serving in the army during the war and studied under the great master Prof. Henryk Tomaszewski. Mlodozeniec’s painterly style is very distinct; characterised by naive childlike forms, bold lines, strong colour and a sense of humour. He said “I like colour in itself. I see its meaning in the colourful existence against the backdrop of a grey street”. 

Over his lifetime he created more than 400 Polish posters; including a wonderful selection of opera posters, theatre posters, film posters, a series of posters for folk shop Cepelia and Polish tourist poster. Alongside this work, he produced numerous book covers, illustrations, and drawings.

Mlodozeniec won many awards for his posters which were exhibited in over 40 solo shows around the world. Jan Mlodozeniec posters are now held in private collections and iconic museums including The Stedeliijk in Amsterdam, Kunstblibliothek in Berlin and the Museum of Modern Art in Toyama.

Jan Mlodozeniec

Soulful and witty: Projekt 26 and the Polish School of Posters

A small but impactful group of designers belong to the Polish School of Posters, a ground-breaking art movement established in the wake of the Second World War. We examine the joyful – and truly original – designs curated by Polish poster experts Projekt 26.

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