Monday, March 15, 2010

ROXY Jan Lenica

Graphic artist, film director, set and theatre costume designer, children book illustrator, post-stamp designer. A major artist of the Polish poster school, experimental animator, and art critic. Born 2nd January 1928 in Poznań, died 5th October 2001 in Berlin. Son of Alfred, the musician and painter.

swan lake ballet of peter tchaikovsky
opera poster

Jan Lenica graduated from a secondary school of music in Poznań in 1947 and from Warsaw Polytechnic in 1952. He started to contribute drawings in 1945, published critical assessments of drawings, prints, posters and cartoons from 1948, and took over as the art editor of the satirical journal "Szpilki" in 1950. In 1954 he was appointed Assistant at the Chair of Poster of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1974 he lectured on poster art at Harvard University in Cambrige, USA. From 1979 to 1985 he was head of the Chair of Animated Film at Kassel University, and from 1986 to 1994 he was Professor of Posters and Graphic Arts at the Berlin Hochschule der Kunste.

In 1963, Lenica created a a short film called Labyrinth. To see part one of Labyrinth, click here. To see part two, click here.

parsifal, richard wagner opera poster

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