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27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw: OPENING!

Opublikowano 17 czerwca 2021

Dear Audience of the cultural events at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw!
Dear Graphic and Poster Designers! STUDENTS!

12 June 2021 is the key date for the Biennale! It is the official opening of post-competition exhibitions and the announcement of the results!
We are pleased to present the winning posters of this year’s 27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw!


Laureates of the Main Competition of the 27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw:

I Ryszard Kajzer, Poland, "Witold Gombrowicz Literary Prize", GOLD MEDAL (PLN 20,000)
II Alain le Quernec, France, "Hope", SILVER MEDAL (PLN 15,000)
III 2xGoldstein, Germany, "Literature in the Blue Salon (3 Readings)", BRONZE MEDAL (PLN 10,000)


Honourable mentions in the Main Competition of the 27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw:

Jianping He, Germany, "Li Bin Yuan Solo Exhibition"
Uwe Loesch, Germany, "Who the fuck was that?"
Jisuke Matsuda, Japan, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"
Sara Samman, Bulgaria, "Zooprison"
Martin Woodtli, Switzerland, "VideoEx 2019"


Laureates of the Thematic Competition of the 27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw:

I Jakub Jezierski, Poland, "I am Fed Up With Interesting Times", GOLD MEDAL (PLN 15,000)
II Julia Wakuła, Poland, "Holidays 2040", SILVER MEDAL (PLN 10,000)
III Christian Chladny, Germany, "Ambivalent Times", BRONZE MEDAL (PLN 7,000)


Honourable mentions in the Thematic Competition of the 27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw:

Chao Zhao, China, "Invisible"
Stanisław Gajewski, Poland, "Keep The Distance"


The Józef Mroszczak Honorary Award, sponsored by the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Prof. Błażej Ostoja Lniski, was presented to Kazumasa Nagai (Japan) for outstanding achievements in arts, taking up humanistic topics and raising awareness of the role of art in the global development. The medals and the Józef Mroszczak Honorary Award statuette designed by Hanna Jelonek.

We received 3,200 entries in total, amounting to 6,000 posters.

For the FINAL STAGE OF THE BIENNALE, the Pre-selection Committee selected

in the Main Competition:

310 posters
246 artists
from 5 continents
from 45 countries:

Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay

in the Thematic Competition:

99 posters
85 artists
from 3 continents
from 19 countries:

Belarus, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Ukraine

Both competitions are open to everyone. The Main Competition does not have a theme. Therefore, it is a cross-section of the world’s cultural diversity and current affairs from various areas. The issue that is the focus of the Thematic Competition is “The Changing World and Health”. Changes are taking place in the society, culture, politics and economy. We live in a risk society. Globalisation and localness collide and mediate. Contrasts catch the eye. We constantly draw from nature and transform it – more and more often in a conflicting and destructive manner. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation announced the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The world is still struggling, although vaccinations are in progress. But health issues in the modern world are innumerable! We can learn more from poster artists!  



In 2020, several interesting side events took place as part of the 27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw. They were the lead-in to what is about to happen during the key event taking place between: 12 June–28 August 2021. Most importantly, we have organised the International Poster Competition for art students under the honorary patronage of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO, concluded with an open-air (a must during the pandemic!) exhibition in the Koneser Praga Centre.   

All the necessary information for the audience and the participants can be found at www.warsawposterbiennale.com/en/



International Jury of the 27th International Poster Biennale:

Jonathan Barnbrook, GRAPHIC DESIGNER (United Kingdom) Jonathan Barnbrook`s BIO
Justyna Czerniakowska, GRAPHIC DESIGNER (Poland) Justyna Czerniakowska`s BIO
Mariusz Knorowski, ART CRITIC AND HISTORIAN (Poland) Mariusz Knorowski`s, BIO
Ralph Schraivogel, GRAPHIC DESIGNER (Switzerland) Ralph Schraivogel`s, BIO
Ahn Sang-soo, GRAPHIC DESIGNER (South Korea) Ahn Sang-soo`s, BIO



The International Poster Biennale in Warsaw is the oldest and one of the world’s most prominent arts events dedicated solely to poster art, and according to a lot of global poster artists – still number one.

The Biennale presents to a wide audience the most outstanding posters created by artists from all over the world in the interlude between the Biennales. 

On 6 June 1966, in the Zachęta building belonging to the Central Bureau of Art Exhibitions (now the National Gallery of Art) the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw was held for the first time. In 1994, the event moved from Zachęta to the Poster Museum at Wilanów, where it remained until 2016. Then, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage entrusted the subsequent Biennales to the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. And so, in 2018 (the 26th edition), it returned to the place that facilitated its beginning and development and helped shape the idea of confronting global achievements in poster design. The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw has made a clear mark in all of the Biennale editions. It has played a crucial role in the development of Polish poster art, and the majority of the representatives of the famous Polish School of Posters have been its lecturers or graduates. The Biennale was initiated mainly by Eryk Lipiński, and then promoted and organised for years by Prof. Józef Mroszczak. Another figure closely connected to the event is Prof. Henryk Tomaszewski. In 1990, Prof. Lech Majewski joined the organising team, serving as President, who initiated the return to the source. The relation between the Academy and the Biennale – meandering, yet tight and constant – seems almost natural.

Exhibitions of the 27th International Poster Biennale at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw – in the Czapski Palace!
13 June–5 September 2021  


  • Exhibition of the Main Competition
  • Exhibition of the Thematic Competition “The Changing World and Health”
  • Poster Exhibition of the Special Guest, Kazumasa Nagai – “Animals”
    honorary curator: Shoji Katagishi
  • Exhibition of Jurors’ works
  • Exhibition “Outside the Competition”

Curator, author of the Biennale exhibition design (Czapski Palace): Magdalena Sołtys
Assistant curator: Mateusz Machalski

Salon Akademii Gallery
–1 Gallery, Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw / Czapski Palace
Krakowskie Przedmieście 5 (entrance from Traugutta street)

13 June–5 September
Tuesday–Sunday 10.00 am–6.00 pm

The opening of the 27th International Poster Biennale will mark the new beginning of the cultural activity at the Czapski Palace – the main seat of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw – following renovation and reconstruction, which gave rise to spectacular exhibition space.

Come to Warsaw!
Come to the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw!
Come to the Czapski Palace!
Even if only on-line!


Opening of the 27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw
12 June 2021, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw / Czapski Palace
Curator, author of the Biennale exhibition design (Czapski Palace): Magdalena Sołtys
Assistant curator: Mateusz Machalski

S.O.S. EARTH – Visual petition for the climate emergency
Image bank for action
Koneser Praga Centre (10 June–31 July)
curator of the Polish exhibition: Zofia Lasocka
coordinators: Lech Majewski, Monika Piwońska

TOLERANCE – collective poster exhibition, PROM Kultury Saska Kępa (10 June–10 July 2021)
curator: Maja Żurawiecka
coordinator: Lech Majewski

AVANTI – international exhibition of posters by the Turboposter group and Prof. Lech Majewski’s Department of Poster and Publishing Graphics, with international guests from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Switzerland) and Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem (Czech Republic) House of the Visual Artist (12–30 June)
curator: Maja Żurawiecka

Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw


Poster Museum at Wilanów, Branch of the National Museum in Warsaw

Association of Applied Graphic Designers (STGU)




Honorary patrons:

Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport

Mayor of the City of Warsaw



Polish National Commission for UNESCO,
Koneser Praga Centre – Liebrecht & wooD Poland Sp. z o.o.,
PROM Kultury Saska Kępa,
Polish Patent Office,
Association of Polish Artists and Designers – Warsaw District,
Salon Akademii,


Media patrons:
TVP Kultura, TVP 2, TVP 3, RDC, Czwórka

Biennale office – Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 5, 00–068 Warszawa
tel.: +48 504 085 092

IG: @ipb.warsaw