A hammer and sickle from circles and squares

2011-07-14
How to make a hammer and sickle from circles and squares?
Thrusday, July 14, 6 p.m.
Helena Postawka in talk with Bogusław Koperski on the décor of outdoor events in the Polish People’s Republic.

Occasional décor designed to adorn some grand and often pompous events has been known since the ancient times. In the Mannerism period, the artists of the court did not only portray a given ruler, but they designed and supervised a creation of rich visual settings of various balls, ceremonies and festivities. They surely made it possible for a ruler to be introduced to his subjects in a blaze of glory. Sometimes, they also fulfilled an important role in the propaganda machine.
Many of us remember (or know from the documentary and feature movies) triumphal marches on May 1 bathing in red flags and banners, or great parade stands erected for the Party leaders whose shape often reminded one of a church altar. Such ephemeral constructions made of plywood, fabric and prefab elements have sunk into oblivion – due to both negative connotations of the Communist rule and their temporariness. However, many of those boasted a considerable artistic quality. What is the real story behind their origin? Did the Party have the final word in their shape and programme? Was it at all possible to reach some compromise between form and content? The answers to the above posed questions will be offered by Bogusław Koperski – a creator of numerous occasional decorations in Krakow – in talk with Helena Postawka.
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