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THE COLOUR OF A CULTURE: Pawel Zalewski of the Polish Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs (left) and artist Piotr Mlodozeniecs at a poster exhibition in Chennai on Thursday. Photo: R. Ragu
THE COLOUR OF A CULTURE: Pawel Zalewski of the Polish Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs (left) and artist Piotr Mlodozeniecs at a poster exhibition in Chennai on Thursday. Photo: R. Ragu

Staff Reporter

Highlight is exhibition of poster art by Jan Mlodozeniecs

CHENNAI: In an attempt to bring a little bit of Poland to Chennai, curator Marta Tarabula has put together an exhibition of poster art from iconic artist Jan Mlodozeniecs, now on show at the Lalit Kala Akademi, Greams Road. The exhibition is part of `Days of Poland in India 2006/2007' that started in September 2006, under the cultural exchange programme between the Indian and Polish governments.

Called `Visual poetry,' the exhibition was inaugurated on Thursday by Pawel Zalewski, chairman, Polish Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs. He said that as a politician, he is frequently called upon to present Polish parliament abroad, and has realized the best way to present a country is through its culture.

R.B. Bhaskaran, chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, said that as a student in art college, he was inspired by Polish poster art. The Mlodozeniecs poster art is presented alongside animation films by the late artist Piotr, who was present at the inauguration. Ms Tarabula said that the Mlodozeniecs as a family, have marked the Polish art scene - literature, art and film - for more than 100 years. Jan Mlodozeniecs was one of the founders of the Polish School of Poster Art, she said.

"His work is full of smiling, joyful things. We thought it would fit India well. There is so much of snow and cold in Poland, and India is warm and happy, as is his work," she explained.

Ms. Tarabula said Mlodozeniecs' work is mostly influenced by the masters of European avant garde such as Picasso, though it does bear some resemblance to the pop art made famous by Andy Warhol. The posters displayed are originals.

The exhibition is on till February 8, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, New Delhi.

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