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The International Poster Biennale, held in Warsaw, Poland, is the oldest and one of the most respectable and globally recognisable artistic events devoted to the art of poster design.


On 6th June 1966 the building of Zachęta – Central Bureau of Artistic Exhibitions (today the National Gallery of Art) saw the inauguration of the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw. In 1994 the event was transferred to the Poster Museum in Wilanów, which – as a division of the National Museum in Warsaw – organised it till 2016. After that, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage entrusted the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw with the task of organising further editions of the Biennale. Thus in 2018 (the 26th edition) the event returned to the place which provided the driving force for its formation and development, the place where the idea of confronting the global achievements in the art of poster design was originally conceived. The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw left a highly visible mark on all the editions of the Biennale. It played a role of no small importance in the formation of Polish poster art, as most representatives of the “Polish Poster School” were its professors and graduates, including the animator of the event and its long-term organiser, Professor Józef Mroszczak, or Professor Henryk Tomaszewski, whose name is uniquely intertwined with the event. The relation between the Academy and the Biennale – close and undisturbed – seems only natural.

On 5th June 2021 we open the exhibitions of the Main Competition and the Thematic Competition! We invite you to Warsaw! We invite you to the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw!

The 27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw consists of the Main Competition, Thematic Competition, and numerous accompanying events. The opening of the post-competition exhibitions is scheduled for 12th June 2021. The accompanying events will be held both during the exhibitions, as well as in the time period leading to them. We begin with the international poster competition for students of fine arts – held under the patronage of Polish National Commission for UNESCO and associated with the Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week, celebrated by UNESCO.

Both Competitions of the Biennale – Main Competition and Thematic Competition – are open. The Main Competition’s themes are unrestricted – it intends to show a panorama of the most relevant problems currently answered by poster artists around the world. The Thematic Competition will cover the topic of “The Changing World and Health” – we want to react to global-scale events and threatening developments as they arise.

Let’s discover something new about ourselves and the world we live in, from the poster designers!



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