I went to the MoMA the other day before leaving New York and came upon an exhibition on the Brothers Quay, whom I had never heard of before. They are American twin brothers who studied illustration in the '60s at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts!) and are known for their stop-motion films. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that they were a huge influence for Tim Burton (in fact, going through their exhibition, I assumed this was the case).
Anyways, their work was dark but that's not what this post is about. This post is about a corner in the exhibition that made me stop and stare for about ten minutes. It was a display of a selection of posters that supposedly influenced and inspired the Brothers Quay's work. These prints were all film posters and were examples of Polish Surrealism of the '60s. I had never heard of this movement, nor seen any examples, but they were AMAZING.
Photography wasn't allowed in the exhibition so I stood in front of each poster and copied down all the artists' names so I look them up later. Let me remind you these were Polish names so I now have a page in my notebook filled with long Polish names and lots of Z's, W's, and K's. I was able to find a lot of the artists online, as well as the site of someone else who saw the exhibition and was able to snap a picture of part of the poster display (above photo by Adrian Curry).
The posters I've found are primarily from the 1960s and I am so blown away by this amazing cultural phenomenon that is Polish Surealism. Where was a history class on this topic in art school?! Most but not all the posters below are featured in the Brothers Quay exhibition because while researching certain artists, I was lead me to other amazing Polish names.
If you want to see more examples of Polish poster designs, you should visit this blog, featuring a collection of Polish designs for Western films.