The Warsaw International Poster Biennale that conquered many difficulties so far has reached the 25th term, or the 50th anniversary this year. However since I couldn’t understand such a big difference of contents between the past and this time, I didn’t participate in the opening of the 25th Biennale. Where are the ambitions of Jozef Mroszczak and Henryk Tomaszewski who founded the Biennale? It’s inexplicable that it’s only because of the flow of time. Where has the prestige of the kingdom of posters gone? It is such a disappointment for the individual who has supported Poland honestly.
Incidentally, the Ogaki International Invitational Poster Exhibition greets the 10th term this year, and the Ogaki Poster Museum, Japan has reached the 20th anniversary of foundation. The Invitational Exhibition that is different from the normal poster contests and based on the previous achievements can offer the chance of viewing the formation process of visual language by superior designers. The Ogaki Poster Museum, Japan cites in the “Ogaki Declaration” to contribute to the formation of global standard of visual language, and it feels the time has come to show it concretely in the 10th Exhibition. Yet a misunderstanding may occurs if hieroglyphics (pictogram) are imaged. What is the visual language through the poster? The Museum would like to deepen the global debate and to supply the place in the hope this will be discussed in the UNESCO of the United Nations before long and presented globally and concretely, and to respond to the question of where the human beings will travel.
Professor Emeritus, Kanazawa University
Director of Art, Ogaki Poster Museum, Japan