Design Dialogue @ Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba

Design Dialogue: Poland Brazil
12.04 – 22.07.2018
Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba

Unique exhibition brings Polish and Brazilian designers together

The Design Dialogue: Poland Brazil exhibition juxtaposes historical and contemporary poster art, as well as showcases contemporary icons of both Polish and Brazilian product design. After very successful presentations in Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro and Museu Nacional do Conjunto Cultural da República in Brasilia in 2016, as well as Museu da Casa Brasileira in Sao Paulo in 2017, the exhibition moves on to Museu Oscar Niemeyer in Curitiba. 


The 2016 presentation of Polish culture in Brazil was the first such comprehensive project of its kind organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute/ in South America. The starting point for the creation of the program was Poland and Brazil’s shared rich heritage in dance, theater, and architecture. Among the Poles who have left a lasting mark on Brazilian culture were Zbigniew ZiembińskiYanka RudzkaLucjan KorngoldJorge Zalszupin, as well as Jerzy Grotowski,Tadeusz Kantor and Krzysztof Kieślowski. History shows that the collision of different worlds can result in truly intriguing effects – ones that are bold, fresh and still have the power to captivate today’s audiences. 

Design Dialogue’s curatorial team, consisting of two Polish curators Magda Kochanowska and Ewa Solarz, and Brazilian curator, Gabriel Patrocinio, have created a space for dialogue, which brings Polish and Brazilian designers together. The exhibition also juxtaposes Polish and Brazilian graphic design and product design, as well as the classic and the contemporary.

The part of the exhibition focused on graphic design features masterpieces from the Polish Poster School alongside works by contemporary Polish and Brazilian graphic designers. Posters on loan from the Poster Museum at Wilanów are vintage posters promoting tourism to Poland. They are displayed in tandem with works by contemporary graphic designers promoting both Poland and Brazil. The clever riffs on the old style promotional posters are created by Polish graphic designers including Robert Czajka, Małgorzata GurowskaMarta IgnerskaDawid Ryski and Tymek Jezierski, and their Brazilian counterparts Bruno Porto, Fabio Lopez, Rico Lins, Grande Circular, and Estudio Mola.

Design Dialogue also features the best of Polish and Brazilian product design – distinctive pieces from each country. The narrative of the exhibition is built around five main categories and presents a Polish design and Brazilian design in each, respectively: Vzór / Furf Design (furniture); Agnieszka Bar / Jader Almeida (glass); Alicja Patanowska / Holaria (ceramics); Kosmos Project / Sergio Matos (tradition); and Zieta Prozessdesign / Domingos Tótora (innovation). The exhibition is complemented by multimedia presentations, which adds a broader context, showing designs by other artists in the same categories.

Accidental meetings, such as the one which sparked the organisation of this exhibition, allow the designers from such distant countries as Poland and Brazil to discover common experiences, aspirations and initiatives explains Brazilian curator, Gabriel Patrocinio. Different stories or contexts from the two countries allow the two groups to look together into a metaphorical ‘mirror’ and see similarities on the other side. In this case, graphic design and the five groups of objects create a kind of axis around which the Polish-Brazilian dialogue on design is centred.

Display at the Museu Oscar Niemeyer between April 12th and July 22nd is the fourth presentation of the exhibition in the leading Brazilian museums; the first one took place in the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro (Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, MAM, June 4st – July 3rd, 2016); the second one was at the National Museum in Brasilia (Museu Nacional do Conjunto Cultural da República, November 1st – 27th 2016) and then at Museu da Casa Brasileira (September 5th – October 22nd 2017). 

Design Dialogue: Poland Brazil

Oscar Niemeyer Museum 

12.04 – 22.07.2018 

Organizer: Adam Mickiewicz Institute/
Museum Oscar Niemeyer e Ministerio da Cultura

In collaboration with: The Spirit of Poland 

Curators: Magda Kochanowska, Gabriel Patrocinio, Ewa Solarz

Strategic Partners: The Poster Museum at Wilanów, Casa Sanguszko de Cultura Polonesa

Partners: Embassy of Poland in Brasilia, Polish Consulate General in Curitiba, Instituto Tomie Ohtake