Boris Bućan. Posters

2 July 2020 - 16 August 2020

Boris Bućan. Posters

Place International Cultural Centre, Cracow, Rynek Główny 25, POLAND
Organizer International Cultural Centre in Cracow and Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia
More info https://mck.krakow.pl/exhibitions/exhibition-boris-bucan-posters

Boris Bućan is a world-famous Croatian artist and poster designer, author of works that speak louder than words. The International Cultural Centre in Cracow hosts an exhibition showcasing a wide range of extraordinary craftsmanship and works that will stay in the visual memory of many generations.

As part of the cultural program accompanying Croatia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, the ICC together with the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb present the first Polish exhibition of the works of the outstanding Croatian poster artist Boris Bućan, produced in the 1980s, and currently included in numerous museum collections around the world.

A painter and graphic artist, considered one of the first Croatian artists, in the late 1960s Bućan began to make public art and created the Yugoslav Pop Art. His street actions in the centre of Zagreb (such as painting a sidewalk and placing colourful images on the streets) have become historical examples of the expression of rebellion against the inclusion of art in the petrified gallery and institutional system and art’s treatment as commodity, which undoubtedly coincided with the Yugoslav economic boom and fascination with the Western consumer culture.

Bućan’s posters from the 1970s manifest the artist’s development of his own specific and recognisable style. Strong, expressive forms, bright colours, multiplication of geometrical motifs arranged in an eye-catching – sometimes even psychedelic – pattern, and the use of commercial advertising tricks situate his posters between Op Art and Pop Art.
In his poster design, Boris Bućan used references to mass culture and everyday life, as well as to many historical styles of art. He gained worldwide publicity with a poster designed for the Croatian National Theatre in Split for Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, whose reproduction was featured on the cover of the catalogue of The Power of the Poster exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 1998.
The Krakow exhibition of the work of Boris Bućan consists of a series of sixteen most famous theatre posters from the 1970s and 1980s.

Exhibition is open to visitors free of charge in the medieval cellars of the International Cultural Centre.
Curators: Kristina Bonjeković Stojković (MSU), Monika Rydiger (ICC), Karolina Wójcik (ICC)
The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia as part of the cultural program of the Presidency of Croatia in the Council of the European Union (January-June 2020).
The posters come from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb (MSU).