ATypIcal Sightlines

Whenever I travel for conferences, I try and plan some extra time to see the city I’m visiting. I don’t always get as much time as I’d like, but I saw some really amazing stuff. Since I spent several semesters in the printmaking studio while studying graphic design, when I heard about the Poster Museum at Wilanów — the oldest of it’s kind in the world — I knew I had to visit.

View from the balcony over the exhibit


It’s not a big museum, but the current exhibit is their 25th International Biennial so the work was pretty spectacular. The theme is ‘remediation’: taking familiar images and themes, and remixing or reusing them in new or different contexts. The exhibition raises an interesting and important line of thinking about how the popularity and impact of the poster is changing in the face of digital technology and the overwhelming presence of internet-connected mobile devices.

World War II, Communist spies and 1984

Oh, the books!

On a practical note, I was fortunate that the Poster Museum was less than ten minutes from Wednesday’s venue, so I didn’t miss The Big Announcement (I’ll get to that in greater detail in a day or two). Thankfully, despite an otherworldly level of tempation in the form of dozens of posters and books, I left with only a copy of the exhibit companion book. If I’d known I was going to bring home a fistful of conference posters I’m sure I would have gotten one or two more at the museum.

Older and newer

The next morning I took a slightly longer break to go explore the Old Town, and walked from there over across the river to the Eastern portion of the city to go find another Warsaw treasure: the Neon Museum. On the way there I passed by a beautiful cathedral (Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel and St. Florian the Martyr), and one of the most amazing murals I’ve ever seen.

Down the street from the Neon Museum

Once I found the small complex of buildings where the Neon Museum was located, I had to kill a little time before it opened. Walk past it a short ways and you get to Wschodnia. Stop in for some soup, lunch, coffee, anything. It’s a beautiful space and the food was wonderful.

And then, the payoff:

Flower shop
Even more letters
Amazing, inside and out

Random finds

Good graffiti
A mural and an ad. I’ll let you decide.

Thanks for wandering Warsaw with me a bit. It’s really quite a remarkable city and I’m really happy I got to see it. (As always, if you did enjoy it, please hit the green heart and help others find it as well!)

Part 1: Seven Days in Warsaw
Part 2: ATypIcal Leanings
Part 3: ATypIcal Meanderings
Part 5: ATypIcal Bedfellows
Part 6: ATypIcally Significant
Part 7: ATypIcally Reflective

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