Design Dialogue: Poland-Brazil @ MAM Rio


In 2016, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under its flagship brand, is organizing
a comprehensive presentation of Polish culture in Brazil. Polish theater, art, film, dance, architecture, and design. The Design Dialogue: Poland – Brazil exhibition, co-organised with The Spirit of Poland, will juxtapose  historical and contemporary poster art, as well as showcase contemporary icons of both Polish and Brazilian product design.


 The 2016 presentation of Polish culture in Brazil is the first such comprehensive project of its kind organized by 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 will bring Polish and Brazilian designers together. The exhibition will also juxtapose Polish and Brazilian, graphic design and product design, as well as the classic and the contemporary.

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.

This year, the exhibition will be on displayed at two leading Brazilian museums: the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro (Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, MAM, June 4st – July 3rd, 2016) and the National Museum in Brasilia (Museu Nacional do Conjunto Cultural da República, November 1st – 27th 2016).


Design Dialogue: Poland – Brazil

Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, MAM

June 4th  – July 3rd  2016

Museu Nacional do Conjunto Cultural da República

November 1st – 27th 2016