Polish neon signs – street art in unusual times and unusual places

Urban Kultur Blog

What do you think of when you think of neon signs?

I don’t know for sure, but I bet if you thought about something, it wasn’t post-war communist Poland? You probably also didn’t consider it as a form of “street art” either?

Was I right?

Warsaw Neon sign

I only recently discovered the amazing story and art of the post-war “Polish Neon” signs that found their place on the buildings of a rebuilt Warsaw in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Thanks to some talented neon artists that went uncredited at the time, we can now enjoy the works of Jan Mucharski, Tadeusz Rogowski,Jan Boguslawski and a number of others in one place.

So, what is “Polish Neon”?

The term “Polish Neon” was coined by photographer Ilona Karwinska having discovered the crumbling yet monumental neon signs of Warsaw back in 2005. The photographer made it her mission to document what remained of these…

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