Saturday, 24 May, 3-5pm

Opening hours

Mon-Sat, 12-5pm


Part of the Polish Cultural Week 2008

Maryna Tomaszewska

Ends 31 May 2008

This 'Polish Book Shop', like many in Poland a mix between meeting place, coffee bar and bookstore, is filled with publications designed and produced over the past decade in the masterclass of Book Design at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts professor Maciej Buszewicz and his students.

Installation view

Traditional Polish bookshop

Polish Book Shop artists and curators  Maryna Tomaszewska and Olga Lebkowska have selected a broad spectrum; from children's books to governmental publications; from illustrations of poems by Borges to artists' catalogues, demonstrating the variety and artistic quality of the output of the Warsaw Academy. "In a three year course, students learn about visual language and communication, the history of books and bookmaking, the history of fonts and their usage, typography, illustration and photography. Gradually, the students learn to develop narratives and storytelling through a chosen communication channel, using images, text, space, paper".
But the list of titles does not convey the beauty of their design nor the sheer pleasure in holding these books and turning the pages. At a time, where one reads and orders books or pdf's online, the printed material Polish Book Shop in 'Polish Book Shop' reminds us, that books and bookmaking is an artform.

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Installation view


Maciej Buszewicz
Born 1952 in Rawicz, Poland. Master of Fine Arts. Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He has been active in graphic design since 1976. From 1980 to 1984he was an art director at ISKRY Publishing House and at Poljazz Record Company. Since 1984 he teaches at the typography studio at the Faculty of Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He lectures at many schools in Germany, U.S.A. and others. Since 1989 (with Poland’s democratic changes), he has participated in many national and international graphic design events and has received a number of awards. Among them the competition “Most Beautiful Book of the Year in Poland” (23 times awarded plus dozens of distinctions). In 1992 he established his own studio in Warsaw, B(c) Grafika Wydawnicza. In recent yearsd he gives master classes in book design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.