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Series of “Souvenir from Poland” exhibitions

In 2009 CEPELIA Foundation organized the „Souvenir from Poland” contest to celebrate it’s 60th anniversary. The aim of the competition was to obtain new, original souvenirs that would promote Poland. The interest was great – 477 applications were sent, which equals to almost 900 contest works in the two categories: „Inspiration – souvenirs that refer to modern design trends and „Tradition” – souvenirs that refer richly to the Polish culture. The jury awarded 20 finalists. While assessing the souvenirs they concentrated on originality, aesthetics and marketing potential for the promotion of Poland and Polish culture.

Winning souvenirs were presented at the post-competition exhibition in the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw in December 2009. Because many more outstanding, functional and modern, yet inspired by the traditional Polish culture works were submitted to the competition CEPELIA wanted to show them to the wider audience. Therefore the series of 4 “Souvenir from Poland” exhibitions was organized to present the inventiveness of nearly 120 authors:

January 2010 – “Na Piętrze” Gallery in Warsaw

March 2010 – “Na Nankiera Gallery” in Wrocław

April 2010 – IKONA Gallery in Łódź

May/June 2010 – Modern Art Gallery run by the North-Masovian Museum in Łomża.

The visitors were enchanted by the creativity of authors, who, in such inventive way processed traditional patterns, techniques and aesthetics. Among the objects that were chosen for the exhibition they could see souvenirs awarded by the Jury – embroided tablemats presenting Polish inventions, set of pendrives, flip-flops and shoelaces decorated with folk patterns, notebook bag with a cut-out motive, t-shirts and puzzle presenting Polish regional costumes. Patterns that are deeply rooted in the polish folk art inspired the participants to create jewellry and decorations, ceramic nd glass tableware, various bags, lots of ingenious pendrives, t-shirts and toys. Those interested in ethnic inspirations in interior design could find lamps, mirrors, hangers and household goods.

Participants of the competition had various education and experience. There were professional designers (also design groups), art schools students and pupils, artists, folk artists an amateurs.

Honor patronage: The Minister of Culture an National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski.

Photo Gallery

Competition results


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During the fifties CEPELIA cooperative “Brąz Dekoracyjny” restored the monument of Fryderyk Chopin that was destroyed during the World War II. The monument, placed in the Royal Baths in Warsaw, was designed in the beginning of the XXth century by Wacław Szymanowski. New, reconstructed monument was unveiled in 1958.


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