Jacek Giedrojć is the founding partner and chairman of Warsaw Equity Group, one of the oldest private equity firms in Poland. He is also the president of Liberalna Edukacja, a foundation dedicated to promoting liberal education in Poland and its eastern neighbors. Giedrojć holds a PhD in sociology from the Polish Academy of Sciences, a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
In 1950, the U.S.-based Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA) which administered the European Recovery Program (ERP), announced an art competition in Marshall Plan countries, offering prizes for the best posters that aesthetically represented “Intra-European Cooperation for a Better Standard of Living.” This exhibit features the final 25 posters selected by a jury of prominent graphic artists from among 10,000 entries.
On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the May 1968 movement, “Occupying Paris” features a selection of period posters and photographs to reconsider an extraordinary month of civil disobedience, evaluate the impact it made then, and assess the legacy it bequeathed for practitioners of dissent to this day.
Almost three decades after the successful transition to democracy, Polish society is torn apart by growing political polarization and conflicts. In recent years, millions of Poles took to the streets to express opposing views about the country's politics, history and future. In this exhibit, five Warsaw-based photographers of the NAPO Images agency document the deep chasm and clashes of political visions pitting Poland's traditional values and a nationalistic identity against modern liberal ideas and a European identity.
The description of the city of Łódź, Poland as "The Promised Land" is borrowed from the title of a novel by Władysław Reymont, a Polish novelist and the recipient of the 1924 Nobel Prize in Literature. The show exhibits three snapshots of the history of Łódź.
The exhibition includes the selection of 25 unique posters from 1957 to 2013. The selection represents the highest aesthetic quality of the work of multiple generations of Polish poster artists and their embeddedness in the European culture and political imagery.