Exodus. Jan Sawka.

Exodus

[Krakow]: Teatr Stu, [1974]. Offset. 38 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. Very good. Item #POS134

Striking poster for the third large production by Teatr Stu, designed by illustrator Jan Sawka.

Departing from the collage form of previous STU plays, Exodus was written by the poet Leszek A. Moczulski, a well-known lyricist for several Polish rock bands, and followed the ambitious STU productions Falling and Polish Dreambook. Moczulski ran into frequent trouble with the Polish government; notably a book of his poems, illustrated by Jan Sawka was banned by Wroclaw’s regional government, though they evaded the local ban by printing in Krakow.

Jan Sawka (1946-2012) was one of the most celebrated artists of the 1960s and '70s Polish underground. Sawka, though critical of the Communist regime in Poland, was largely able to avoid trouble with censors until the mid-1970s, when his work began to attract an international audience. His oppositionist activities led to his exile from Poland in 1976, making these posters some of the last works he designed in Poland. He lived in New York until his death in 2012 and went on to do set design for the Grateful Dead, Steve Winwood, and others.

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