Jan Dziaczkowski Limited Edition Poster

The Foundation for Visual Arts has printed a limited-edition poster of a 2009 collage created by the artist Jan Dziaczkowski, who died in 2011. All proceeds from the sale of this poster will support the Foundation’s ongoing Dziaczkowski archival project.

Jan Dziaczkowski (1983-2011) was born in Warsaw. In 2007 he graduated from the Department of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, having studied there under Professor Krzysztof Wachowiak.

A painter, photographer, illustrator, and collagist (his Mountains for Warsaw collages encircled the Polish capital with craggy peaks and sheep-dabbed hillsides), Dziaczkowski would, in a period of just a few years, begin to establish himself as one of the most talented and compelling of young artists at work in Poland. Exhibited both within Poland and abroad, he participated in group shows in England, Germany, Spain, and the United States, including You Can’t Get There From Here, at the Camera Club of New York in 2010.

Dziaczkowski collaborated with and was supported by the Foundation for Visual Arts. Keine Grenze, his 2008 solo exhibit at the ZPAF i S-ka Gallery, showcased collages in which the artist explored a parallel architectural legacy for Western European cities. What if, he asked himself, all European capitals had, like Warsaw, been utterly razed during World War II? And what if these cities had been “uncompromisingly rebuilt with concrete and propaganda?”

Working with period postcards, Dziaczkowski spliced, transposed, and juxtaposed elements of Eastern Bloc architecture with Western European landmarks. The resulting cityscapes (in which, for example, Chartres Cathedral finds itself hemmed in by stolid rows of Soviet apartment blocks) are conjectural; and yet they also, upon first glance, feel eerily familiar.

Jan Dziaczkowski died in September 2011, while hiking in the Tatra Mountains. Since his death, the Foundation for Visual Arts has begun cataloguing and archiving the artist’s paintings, photographs, drawings, and collages, with a view toward preserving his tragically abbreviated legacy and disseminating his work over time.

In May 2012, the Foundation printed a limited-edition poster featuring a collage Dziaczkowski created, in 2009, for the cover of Architektura-murator magazine. The poster, which first appeared at the Art Yard Sale fair in Warsaw, was offset-printed in a limited edition of 300 numbered copies.

Poster and edition specifics:

Jan Dziaczkowski
Collage made for the cover of Architektura-murator magazine (Issue 9/2009)
Dimensions: 68 x 87 centimeters (approximately 27 x 34 inches)
Offset printing
Paper: Munken Print White 1.5 150 g/m²
Edition: 300 copies (numbered)
Note: each poster stamped and numbered on reverse side

A limited number of posters from this edition remain in our online shop. All proceeds from the poster will be dedicated to securing, cataloguing, digitizing, and publishing Dziaczkowski’s work.

Additionally, those wishing to contribute directly to the Foundation’s Dziaczkowski archival project may do so by transferring donations to the Foundation’s account:

Bank: Bank BPH
Account Number: 98 1060 0076 0000 3300 0072 8429
Please add the following note: “Donation – Dziaczkowski”

Those contributing 200 złoty or more will receive an album of Dziaczkowski’s work, to be published by the Foundation for Visual Arts in 2013.