As you might know – and can read about in about trendey – this blog arose from a need to share things. More specifically, in the beginning, for me and Henen to share and discuss interior design ideas. Now she’s only calling me on the phone! Anyho, the other day we talked about this: CYRK posters. The circus-theme is an absolute favourite to me and CYRK art fits like a glove.
This art form has an interesting history. It’s quintessential of the golden age of the Polish School of Posters – a movement that began after the death of Soviet premier Joseph Stalin. From 50s through 1989 (the fall of Communism) the Polish Government financially supported and encouraged poster art (!) CYRK posters were first created in 1962, when the state circus agency wanted a revised look for the circus poster in order to upgrade the circus’ image. These new CYRK posters were not to be ads, but rather artistic renderings reminding the public that an exciting and modern circus was coming to town.
Posters were usually based on a single theme of common symbols; clowns, jugglers and animals, and are characterized by their display of painterly gestures, linear design, hand-lettering, metaphors, humour and vibrant colours. The Polish poster artists – treated favourably with respect, good salary and autonomy – became the spokespeople of society as their posters became the primary art form of the Polish nation. CYRK posters are not only fun in themselves as they are also the artists’ interpretation and commentary on society, often communicating to the viewer camouflaged political or social messages. It’s an artistic expression that should not only be viewed, but should also be read, pondered, and digested…
I’d take all of these, yes please! :)
The art of Polish posters attained international fame and the world’s first poster museum was opened in 1968. CYRK posters have now long been recognized and collected as a unique art form. They are sold in poster galleries (like where the pics above come from – with prices starting from approx $200) and in auction houses. It’s a must-have…! I my mind, I’m already a collector..