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design dialogue: poland – brazil.

1 November 2016 - 27 November 2016

unique exhibition brings polish and brazilian designers together at brazil’s most prestigious museums.

in 2016, the adam mickiewicz institute, under its flagship brand culture.pl, is organizing a comprehensive presentation of polish culture in brazil. polish theater, art, film,  dance, architecture, and design. the design dialogue: poland – brazil exhibition will juxtapose historical and contemporary poster art, as well as showcase contemporary icons of both polish and brazilian product design.

the 2016 presentation of polish culture in brazil is the first such comprehensive project of its kind organized by culture.pl in south america. the starting point for the creation of the program was poland and brazil’s shared rich heritage in dance, theater, and architecture. among the poles who have left a lasting mark on brazilian culture were zbigniew ziembiński, yanka rudzka, lucjan korngold, jorge  zalszupin, as well as jerzy grotowski,tadeusz kantor and krzysztof kieślowski. history shows that the collision of different worlds can result in truly intriguing effects – ones that are bold, fresh and still  have the power to captivate today’s audiences.

design dialogue͛s curatorial team, consisting of two polish curators magda kochanowska and ewa solarz, and brazilian curator, gabriel patrocinio, have created a space for dialogue, which will bring polish and brazilian designers together. the exhibition will also juxtapose polish and brazilian, graphic design and product design, as well as the classic and the contemporary.

the part of  the exhibition focused on graphic design will feature masterpieces from the polish poster school alongside works by contemporary polish and brazilian graphic designers. posters on loan from  the poster museum at wilanów are vintage posters promoting tourism to poland. they will be displayed in tandem with works by contemporary graphic designers promoting both poland and brazil. the clever riffs on the old style promotional posters will be created by polish graphic designers including robert czajka, małgorzata gurowska, marta ignerska, dawid ryski and jakub jezierski, and their brazilian  counterparts  bruno  porto, fabio lopez, rico lins, grande circular, and estudio mola.

design dialogue will also feature the best of polish and brazilian product design – distinctive pieces from each country. the narrative of the exhibition will be built around five main categories and will present a polish design and brazilian design in each, respectively: vzór / furf design (furniture); agnieszka bar / jader almeida (glass); alicja patanowska / holaria (ceramics); kosmos project / sergio matos (tradition); and zieta prozessdesign / domingos tótora (innovation). the exhibition will be complemented by multimedia presentations, which will add a broader context and showing designs by other artists in the same categories.

accidental meetings, such as the one which sparked the organization of this exhibition, allow the designers from such distant countries as poland and brazil to discover common experiences, aspirations and initiatives –explains brazilian curator, gabriel patrocinio. different stories or contexts from the two countries allow the two groups to look together into a metaphorical ͚mirror͛ and see similarities on the other side. in this case, graphic design and the five groups of objects create a kind of axis around which the polish-brazilian dialogue on design is centered.

after a first display of the exhibition at the museum of modern art in rio de janeiro (museu de arte moderna do rio de janeiro, mam) from june 4th– july 3rd, 2016, the exhibition will be on view at the national museum in brasilia (museu nacional do conjunto cultural da república) starting november 1st through 27th 2016.