Exhibition catalog Roman Cieslewicz : La fabrique des images
With Polish origin, Roman Cieslewicz (1930-1994) is a major actor of graphic design in France in the years 1960-1970. Trained at the School of Fine Arts in Krakow, he moved to Paris in 1963 to flee the dictatorship, bringing with him the aesthetics of the Polish poster school. An indefatigable graphic artist and a veritable image bank on his own, he strives to reflect his time through a minimalist and striking aesthetic, influenced by the avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century.
Cieslewicz's work, of a great diversity, brings together commissions and personal projects: posters for the cinema, the theater, the Center Pompidou exhibitions, put on pages for Elle, Vogue or L'Autre journal, photomontages, collages, book covers for the Threshold, Hazan, 10/18, the Blue Guides ... Worried about the increasing visual standardization in the media, which empties their meaning of yet violent representations, he carefully chooses images to associate them and confront them.
Two books in a box, one devoted to the preparatory work of Cieslewicz (sketches, models ...) and the other presenting its final achievements, bring together more than 700 illustrations accompanied by texts organized in the form of a primer, Has as Z poster as zoom. The texts are written by contemporaries of Cieslewicz, who have rubbed shoulders with him, as well as historians of art, graphics or photography today. The illustrations are largely extracted from the archive created by the artist himself and invite to dive into the approach of Cieslewicz when he made his images.