About the historical links


The Visegrad countries has their common events in their history, even if their culture differs, the common past has its strong and visible signs everywhere. 100 years after the WW I, we think it is a good occasion to demonstrate the common points and the differences of these 4 countries bounded by the shared borders. We would like to emphasize that being Central-European means a very strong link among all the people who were born here or who has any relation to this area. With this project we would like to create an inspiring occasion to learn and get to know more about each other and on the other hand we would like to show the uniqueness and the values of the poster art that was created in V4 countries for the wider public. We do believe that the poster art of these countries is important and interesting not only for the European neighborhood, but for any countries around the globe.


About the project


We would like to create a collection of historical, cultural posters from the V4 countries from the last 100 years 100 important posters. 80 posters will be selected from the archives and 20 brand new artworks will be selected from the works of contemporary graphic designers. We choose the genre of posters. Why? Because we have experience in organizing a poster exhibition, we have very nice feedbacks, and the realization of a poster exhibition is still cost effective, easy to move, the sizes and the form already planned to attract the attention. As Zsuzsa Ordasi, art historian formulated once ’The poster expresses the freedom using a language what all can understand without special efforts, it represents the multiplicability and one can glue posters anywhere’. It is also important, to mention, that poster art has always had a steady effect on the public taste and thought.


The 80 posters designed during the shared main historical periods gather around the following topics:

1. The main actions of the resistance during the World Wars in the V4 countries

2. Parallel revolutions in Eastern-Central-Europe (1956, 1968, 1980-81, 1989)

3. On the way to Europe ( about the change of the regime)

4. V4s as members of the European Union

5. V4 Exodus (works of artists who origin from the V4 countries, who decided or was made to leave their motherland and continued their life in other countries and has created their impressive works outside the V4 countries)

6. Japanese link (Due to the strong interest from Japan we would like to show posters whose creators were influenced by the Japanese visual culture or has a theme related to Japan)

7. European vision of future (this is a call for artist to create new masterpieces)


There will be an open call for artists to create 20 new, high standard poster works about how they see our common future. The selected posters will be chosen by a jury of the leading art historians of the participating countries.


During the project the exhibition can be seen in the 4 Visegrad countries:

Bakelit Multi Art Center (Budapest)

Johan Centrum (Plzen)

Tabacka Kulturfabrik (Kosice)

Museum Dialogu Kultur (Kielce)





Call for participation
in the international travelling poster exhibition project
supported by International Visegrad Fund


Bakelit Multi Art Center (HU) and its partners Tabacka Kulturfabrik (SK), Johan Centrum (CZ) and Fundacja Kultury Wici (PL) are looking for artists, galleries or collectors who created or own posters that reflect to the significant historical, political, social or cultural events happened during the past 100 years in the 4 Visegrad countries (Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland) and are willing to submit their digital versions for an international travelling poster exhibition, based on international cooperation.


1. extant, historically significant posters depicting the history of the past 100 years

2. new posters depicting nowadays’ European reflections from the angle of the different nations


Short description of the project:


The idea and the main concept of the exhibit is based on our previous poster exhibition, Visegrad Karma, that showed reflections to the actions and reactions of the change of the regime in the 90’s throughout the V4 countries via the tools of poster art. The overall success of the travelling exhibition and the positive feedback from both the professionals and the audience gave us the idea to show a reflection to the most important cultural and historical events of the V4 countries, happened in the last 100 years with creating a collection of 100 posters in a similar construction we did before.


The primal goal of the project is to familiarize the audience with the Central-Eastern European presence and with those determining historical events that shaped the conscience of these societies through visual (and narrative: round-table talks, professional and historical guided tours) techniques. We aim to emphasize the importance of the common way of thinking, the personal encounters, the experience-like approach, and the pedagogic power of the words, and the project aims to strengthen the European identity via strengthening the national self-recognition.


80 posters out of the 100 will be selected from extant, historically significant artworks, while the other 20 posters of the collection will be selected via an open call. Through this call we would like to invite graphic designers and painters living and working in the Visegrad countries who could portray nowadays’ European reflections (both its advantages and disadvantages) via creating fresh and authentic posters. This tender aims to be a research as well on how nowadays’ graphic artists see their own countries’ place and identity within the matrix of the European Union. We believe that along with the historically significant posters these new and authentic artworks will consummate the Europe image depicted from the angle of the Visegrad countries.


The exhibition is basically a collection of cultural (theatrical, film, concert and literal), social, and political posters.




The collection of the 100 posters will be grouped by the following 7 topic:


1. The most important actions of the resistance in the V4 region during the World Wars

2. Parallel revolutions in Eastern-Central Europe (1956, 1968, 1980-81, 1989)

3. On the way to Europe (the change of the regime)

4. V4s as members of the European Union

5. V4 Exodus (works of artists who originate from the V4 countries, but decided or was forced to leave their motherland and continued to live and create their historically significant pieces outside the V4 countries)

6. Japanese impact (due to the strong interest from Japan we would like to show posters that were influenced by the Japanese visual culture or has a theme related to Japan)

7. European vision of future (a call for artist to create new masterpieces)


The vision of the exhibition’s future:


At first the exhibition will be shown in the Visegrad countries for 1 month in each location with continuous local and international complementary events.


After the exhibition in the Visegrad countries we intend to show the exhibit throughout Europe, followed by several destinations in Japan, and finally we would like to send it to a world tour.




We ask the applicants to submit the digital version of either the extant or the brand new posters with a short introduction to the following e-mail address:




The final material of the exhibition will be selected by a group of professional curators and art historians, so please be aware that the application is not automatically equal with the participation.


Application deadline:


Please send the extant or the brand new artworks until midnight on the 15th of August, 2014 at latest to the following e-mail address: csaba.paroczay[at]


The deadline of selection among the submitted artwork: 22nd of August, 2014.


Every applicants will be informed about the result.


The creators or the owners of the selected posters will be contacted within 1-3 working days after the decision was made.


For further information, please contact:

Csaba Paróczay

e-mail: csaba.paroczay[at]

tel.: +36/30 950-3780