Works by Henryk Berlewi and Edward Hartwig in Warsaw

Warsaw. Works by Henryk Berlewi and Edward Hartwig are currently shown in Warsaw, Poland. Copyright: Fontarte


Artists: Yomar Augusto, Henryk Berlewi, Edward Hartwig, Fontarte, Polex-Expol, Zuo Corp.

Curated by: Agnieszka Pindera, Michał Woliński

27 September–12 November 2011

24 September, 5–10 pm

The opening at the Piktogram/Bla is a part of:
Where is Art? 17 openings in 2 days. Warsaw, September 23–24, 2011

ul. Mińska 25/ Soho Factory
03-808 Warszawa

Berlegustopol is a temporary company established by the participants of the exhibition. Due to the fact of its creation Piktogram/BLA gallery space will be transformed into a special type of exchange zone, „service-and-trade enterprise“. Explosion of private entrepreneurship that took place immediately after central planning-socialism was deposed in Poland after 1989 resulted in record-breaking increase in the number of new private companies. As much as 600,000 of such private businesses came into existence solely during 1990–1991 period! The whole phenomenon has been accompanied by spontaneous outbursts of creativity: in word generation (names), graphic design (logos), advertisement etc. The title of the exhibition has been influenced by the procedure of company name-creation that utilized agglutinated pieces of names of the co-founders of private companies. Another popular method of name-creation based on adding „-ex“ or „-pol“ suffixes to fragmented names of business partners, or to words connected to a particular profession. Thus, new words, extraordinary linguistic conglomerates and phonetic units originated. In the title of the exhibition, name fragments of two artists, Henryk Berlewi and Yomar Augusto, have been blended into a whole. Both of them dabbled with the advertising industry. Henryk Berlewi, artist of the first avant-garde, established Reklama-Mechano advertising agency in 1924, that—among its rare realizations—worked on the legendary Plutos chocolate folder. In his theory of „Mechano-facture“, Berlewi wrote: „As regards the creation of new schematic facture-based system, such handicrafted technique [as painting] becomes powerless. And, in a given case, only mechanistic technique based on industrial technical means is able to relieve us in this task … technique dependent upon rigorous and precise function of the machine.“ Stressing this modern approach to art-making practice, Berlewi’s first solo exhibition was organized in Austro-Daimler automobile demonstration space in 1924.

Yomar Augusto (1977) is a typographer experimenting with calligraphy, bookbinding, screen-printing, as well as with sculptural techniques (wood-carving included) and laser paper cutting. He employs assorted tools of artistic craft, collects and processes old books, maps and postcards. Augusto is interested in layers of information that he unearths in found objects. However, one of his typefaces has decidedly above-the-average attack force: font designed to use on Adidas sportswear for Football World Cup South Africa 2010 became an integral element of the whole advertising campaign during championship.

Exhibition line-up also includes Fontarte graphic design studio, whose founders are also authors of retrospective publication on Berlewi, as well as publications on graphic design, e.g. „Typespotting. Warsaw“ which explores such subjects as: city information systems, „alternative typography,“ neon advertisement lettering designs, and a lettering in architecture. Specially tailored typographic projects by Augusto and Fontarte will spread, among others, on gallery’s „shop-windows,“ and on the clothes designed by ZUO Corp., which due to a decision to reduce seams to a minimum, become universal in their prospective usage and typified by their „organic“ geometries.

Another layer of the show is added by fashion photo shoot organized byEdward Hartwig in 1966 focused on geometrical abstraction. Models wearing elegant attire marked by black-and-white geometrical patterns pose against the exhibition of mechano-facture works of Henryk Berlewi, who also appears in the photographic footage, surrounded by beautiful girls.

The title of the exhibition is supplemented by a suffix „-pol“. This is referenced in an archive called Polex-Expol, which consists of a substantial collection of snapshots depicting logos and shop-signs of the companies, the names of which contained „-pol“ or „-ex“ syllables (sometimes designed by amateurs and produced in a primitive way).

Juxtaposition of avant-garde art theory with fashion and advertising industry, functional typography and refined calligraphy with rough non-professional design creates specific field of references for the exhibition which should be posited somewhere between workshop, boutique and wholesale store.

Exhibition will be accompanied by graphic design workshops with Yomar Augusto and Fontarte:

*Calligraphy using wood and self-made tools. Producing experimental letters shapes. *“Typo-facture.“ Experiments with typography and graphic structures.

Werk von Henryk Berlewi bis 11. November in Berlin zu sehen

Berlin. Das Polnische Institut Berlin und der Sammler Egidio Marzona zeigen bis 11. November 2011 die Ausstellung „Kilométrage – Jan Brzekowski und seine Künstlerwelten„. Im Rahmen der Ausstellung ist auch eine Arbeit von Henryk Berlewi ausgestellt: ohne Titel, ca. 1922, Bleistift auf dünnem Karton, 50,7 x 36 cm.

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein zeigt „tragbare Galerie“ von Christian Chruxin und Henryk Berlewi

Berlin. Der Neue Berliner Kunstverein zeigt im März und April die „Tragbare Galerie“ von Christian Chruxin mit Werken von Henryk Berlewi.
Foto: R. Friedrich, Henryk Berlewi Archive, Courtesy Gaiser & Cie. Details von der Website des Veranstalters: One Plus One Künstlerbücher 8. März – 29. April 2011 Showroom (1. Stock) Eröffnung: Freitag, 4. März, 19 Uhr Peggy Buth, Christian Chruxin, Jean-Luc Godard, László Lakner, Achim Lengerer, p-r-o-x-y, Dierk Schmidt, Helene Sommer Text des Veranstalters: „Christian Chruxin, Katalog („Tragbare Galerie“) zur Ausstellung von Henryk Berlewi, 1963, (c) Christian Chruxin Archiv/Sabine AppelOne Plus One ist eine Ausstellung über den Raum des Buches und Formen des Publizierens. Ausgehend vom Werk des Berliner Gestalters und Galeristen Christian Chruxin (1937–2006), werden aktuelle Publikationen der KünstlerInnen Peggy Buth (Desire in Representation, 2010), Achim Lengerer (Scriptings, seit 2009), Dierk Schmidt (The Division of the Earth, 2010) und Helene Sommer (I am (t)here, 2009) in einen historischen Zusammenhang gebracht. Chruxin ist von der „Visuellen Poesie“ beeinflusst und gilt u. a. als Erfinder des Formats der „Tragbaren Galerie“ sowie des „interaktiven und permutativen Plakats“. In der Aktualisierung seiner gestalterischen Praxis, die sich an der Kasseler Werkschule orientiert, werden neue Möglichkeiten der Interpretation von Künstlerbüchern eröffnet. Der Ausstellungstitel lehnt sich an den Spielfilm Sympathy for the Devil (auch One Plus One, 1968) von Jean-Luc Godard an. Bücher können fiktionale wie diskursiv gestaltete „Medienräume“ sein, die sich als soziale Praxis organisieren lassen (p-r-o-x-y). Ausgewählte Werke des Künstlers László Lakner weisen auf den gesellschaftlichen Kontext von Büchern hin.KuratorInnen: Sophie Goltz, Jan Wenzel“

Conference and Exhibition on Herwarth Walden features Henryk Berlewi

Berlin. In a conference on Herwarth Walden and DER STURM at the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor the accompanying exhibtion showed works by Henryk Berlewi. Several speakers spoke on Berlewi’s role in DER STURM in the 1920s.
Image: Copyright Charlen Christoph, Courtesy Henryk Berlewi Archive

Welcome to Henryk Berlewi Archive

Image: Photograph by Edward Hartwig showing Henryk Berlewi and his works accompanied by Models in Hotel Europe, Warsaw, 1960s. Copyright and Courtesy Gaiser & Cie. . The Henryk Berlewi Archive is actively collecting documents and information on Henryk Berlewi (1894-1967).If you are interested in Henryk Berlewi or if want to contribute to the Catalogue Raisonné Project please contact us directly at

We are also interested in the „Impact of Henryk Berlewi“.If you or your organization own or has own works or documents by and about Henryk Berlewi we would highly appreciate if you could provide us with detailed information about this/these works. Whereas, we guarantee discretion.We thank you in advance for your support. Any kind of input is welcome. If you need support please contact us at you are a scholar and interested in working with Archive material please send us your request. Only requests including full name and address will be considered.



Dipl.-Volkswirt Sebastian Gaiser
Editor of the Catalogue Raisonné Henryk Berlewi Archive

Dr. phil. Johanna Dahm, M.A., Cologne

Mirjam Rosenstein, lic. oec. HSG, Berlin and Zurich

Prof. Dr. Seth Wolitz, Gale Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Texas Austin

Henryk Berlewi Archive starts planning for an exhibition in 2011

Frankfurt. Henryk Berlewi Archive based in Frankfurt Germany has started to prepare an exhibition and publication on Henryk Berlewi which is planned for 2011/2012.
The Archive is interested to exhibit and publish works and documents from its inventory, in addition the Archive plans to contact selected collectors and museums to contribute to the exhibition and the monograph. An important part will be focused on the impact the Polish artist Henryk Berlewi has had on designers and artists in Europe, the US and Japan.

The Archive welcomes input from scholars and researchers at any time.

Works by Henryk Berlewi in the Tate

Works by Henryk Berlewi will be on display at the Tate Modern exhibition „Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World“.
(4 February – 16 May 2010).

Henryk Berlewi. Kontrasty Mekanofakturowe. 1924, Gouache, 83 x 109 cm.

Please review its provenance at the TATE Website.

The work was previously auctioned at the Cologne-based auction house Lempertz which lists the work as one of their highlights.

Bang! When Barney Bubbles brought Berlewi to Generation X

Paul Gorman, author of „Reasons to be cheerful„, discovers in his Blog the impact Henryk Berlewi has had on british graphic artitst Barney Bubbles.

One of the key works (left) by Barney Bubbles is the 7″ 1977 sleeve for Your Generation/Day By Day, the debut single by British punk band Generation X, the work on the right is by Henryk Berlewi: Mécano-Facture (Mechano-Faktur), 1924 – 61. The version of 1961 is in the collection of Marli Hoppe-Ritter.