Sharing Tuesday: The Collages of Wieslawa Szymborska

Some of you may be familiar with the Polish poet Wieslawa Szymborska. She received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996. There are many translations of her work in English, so if you’ve never read her work, check it out.

Wieslawa Szymborska

Wieslawa Szymborska

What you may not know is that Szymborska also created collages. They served utilitarian purposes, as she made them into postcards and mailed them to friends. She began making these collage postcards in the late 1960s and continued for over 40 years.

szymborska5As you can imagine, she amassed quite a collection. Well, those she sent them to amassed the collection. Luckily, they kept them. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (MOCAK) recently held an exhibition of a large portion of this work.

szymborska7You don’t have to go anywhere; you can see some of them here.

szymborska4She began making these postcards out of the frustration of not being able to find ones she liked at the store. Considering the political situation at the time, I am not surprised. There probably were not too many postcards to choose from (if any) during that time in Poland.

szymborska6szymborska9She tailor-made each postcard with the recipient in mind. Like her poetry, there is humor to them.




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