was an opportunity for an exchange of ideas
between people dealing with various aspects
of the poster: artistic creation, sociology, theory
of information and mass visual communication.
The papers presented, and the subsequent
discussions, were not only an exchange of ideas
between the participants, but also helped the
propagation of exploratory thought in the sphere
of visual communication. This was therefore a con
frontation between the conclusions reached by
science and the intuitive inventiveness of con
temporary art. Was it no more than a confron
tation? Perhaps something more: an introduction
to a discussion on the great synthesis.
In time, the International Poster Biennales, with
the simultaneous retrospective exhibitions and
symposia, should offer world graphic art yet
another valuable acquisition: the setting up of an
international documentation centre, which would
comprise a great collection of posters and
scientific publications connected with that field
of visual communication.
The initiative of organizing the Poster Biennale in
Warsaw arose within the Polish artistic milieu,
and met with full understanding and support
from the State.
The First International Poster Biennale in Warsaw
had no commercial aims in view, serving solely to
extend international cooperation in the applied
graphic arts; It was an excellent occasion for
acquainting oneself with world achievements
in this sphere, with the different characteristics
in the art of different countries' art, with young
talented artists hitherto unfamiliar to a wider
Present-day science is an example of the ever-
-greater integration of problems and disciplines
in the world. Art also has a quality of integration
in the sense of reciprocal influences, and cross-
-currents of styles and movements. International
cooperation in this field creates one more
tremendously important opportunity to bring
people, countries and societies closer together.
The creation of a new platform for communica
tion the International Poster Biennale in
Warsaw is to the credit of its patron the
Polish People's Republic.