Dear Shaded Viewers,
From May 3 – September 23, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is paying tribute to Roman Cieślewicz . Roman Cieślewicz was a major figure in the second half of the 20th century and a key artist of the Polish Poster School before conquering the world of graphic design when he arrived in France in 1963. The work spans a variety of graphic expressions from posters to advertising to photomontage, publishing and illustration. His work is a reflection and testimony of the time he lived andwas a politically committed personality. More than 700 exhibits chronologically and thematically illustrate the prolific and exceptional oeuvre of one of the greatest graphic designers who still influences the graphic design universe of today. An interesting note, when he arrived in Paris in 1963 he was hired by Peter Knapp as a layout artist, he contributed to Elle magazine and became its artistic director.
Alongside his commissions he continued what he called his “studio” production, largely consisting of series of collages and photomontages. A member of the Panique group founded in 1960 by Arrabal, Topor, Jodorowski and Oliver O. Olivier, Cieslewicz created Kamikaze, Panique’s news review, in 1976.
Roman Cieślewicz had his irst major exhibition in France at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1972. In 1993, the Centre Georges Pompidou paid tribute with a comprehensive retrospective, followed by the Musee de Grenoble in 2001. What is different about the current exhibition at MAD is that it analyses Roman Cieślewicz’s creative process by showing documents from his archives for the first time and approaching it in an innovative manner.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli