The HMCT Konopelski poster collection consists of one-hundred and ninety works from Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, and Germany. They were originally acquired between 1962 and 1998 by Leonard Konopelski—painter, art educator, and graphic designer, currently serving as Associate Professor at ArtCenter College of Design.
Encompassing works from the most recognized, world-renowned artists in poster design, the artists represented here include Roman Cieślewicz, Roman Kalarus, F. Kafka, Jan Lenica, Henryk Tomaszewski, Franciszek Starowieyski, and Waldemar Świerzy. According to Konopelski, “These select posters represent the oft-referenced Polish School of Posters, combining the aesthetics of painting with the succinctness of simple metaphor and the graceful art of political, social and cultural allusion. The works epitomize the characteristics of painterly gesture, linear quality, and vibrant colors, reflecting a sense of individual personality, humor, and fantasy. These are the elements that distinguish the Polish poster, and the striking amalgamation between designer and artist. Posters of the Polish Poster School represent a significant influence in the international development of graphic design on poster art throughout the world.”