NOWE MUZEUM SZTUKI NEW ART MUSEUM
EN PL
szukaj search

Sławomir Witkowski created Liberators in 1988. It is a poster referring to the ‘new expression’ aesthetics characteristic of that time, which is distinguished by intense colours, expressive lines and contours as well as engagement and opposition to existing reality. The title refers to saviours and protectors, while the speeding car captured in a dynamic composition, similar in appearance to the American Cadillac, can be understood as a symbol of the success and prosperity that were unattainable in socialist Poland in the 1980s. The proverbial American dream — the national ethos of the United States, which refers on the one hand to the ideals of democracy, equality and freedom, and on the other indicates the idolizing of success and the possibility of rapid social and economic advancement – symbolizes the values that people fought for in Poland by opposing the then political system. The car is not only a reflection of the prevailing socio-political moods, but also an indication of the cultural aspects of the consumerist lifestyle, promoted, for example, by advertising.

  • Object type:
    poster
  • Year:
    1988
  • Dimensions:
    70 × 100 cm
  • inv. no.:
    MNG/NOMUS/29/D
  • Własność:
    Deposit of the City of Gdańsk, part of the Gdańsk Collection of Contemporary Art
Sławomir Witkowski, Liberators, 1988. Depozyt Gminy Miasta Gdańska w ramach Gdańskiej Kolekcji Sztuki Współczesnej, fot. © Archiwum MNG
fot. © Archiwum MNG
  • Object type:
    poster
  • Year:
    1988
  • Dimensions:
    70 × 100 cm
  • inv. no.:
    MNG/NOMUS/29/D
  • Własność:
    Deposit of the City of Gdańsk, part of the Gdańsk Collection of Contemporary Art

Sławomir Witkowski created Liberators in 1988. It is a poster referring to the ‘new expression’ aesthetics characteristic of that time, which is distinguished by intense colours, expressive lines and contours as well as engagement and opposition to existing reality. The title refers to saviours and protectors, while the speeding car captured in a dynamic composition, similar in appearance to the American Cadillac, can be understood as a symbol of the success and prosperity that were unattainable in socialist Poland in the 1980s. The proverbial American dream — the national ethos of the United States, which refers on the one hand to the ideals of democracy, equality and freedom, and on the other indicates the idolizing of success and the possibility of rapid social and economic advancement – symbolizes the values that people fought for in Poland by opposing the then political system. The car is not only a reflection of the prevailing socio-political moods, but also an indication of the cultural aspects of the consumerist lifestyle, promoted, for example, by advertising.

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use the site, you agree to their use.
Your data is processed in accordance with ours privacy policy.