The exhibition of playing cards designed by Krystyna Bunsch-Gruchalska and Franciszek Bunsch in Książnica Pomorska tells a fascinating story about playing cards.
The Polish design of 1963 – skat cards designed by professor Franciszek Bunsch, as well as hugely popular international cards (1975) are still published and sold in large volumes, and they became a part of the canon of Polish card designs. The exhibition presents the colourful and fanciful folk cards, designed with Krystyna Bunsch-Gruchalska, and the biggest benefit is the possibility to track the design process, from the initial sketch to the finished design. Discovering the secrets of the trade of both graphic artists, sketches, ideas and drawings, which can be compared to the final prints of the cards allow the viewer to get to know the imagination of the creators and shed some light on the secrets of creating magical objects, such as playing cards.
Franciszek Bunsch (born in Bielsko in 1926) – graphic artist and a painter, representative of the Krakow school of workshop graphics. A long-term professor and teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. In 1960-1980 he designed a series of playing cards (in collaboration with Krystyna Bunsch-Gruchalska), published and sold in small volumes by Krakowskie Zakłady Wyrobów Papierowych (currently Fabryka Kart Trefl – Kraków), which became a part of the Polish card design canon.
Krystyna Bunsch-Gruchalska, or rather Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch (born on the 14th of September 1920 in Lublin, died on the 4th of April 2013 in Krakow) – painter and a poet. She collaborated with Franciszek Bunsch on creation of several designs for Wydawnictwo Artystyczno-Graficzne and Krajowa Agencja Wydawnicza in Krakow, as well as on designing playing cards.
Until the 26th of May, visit Książnica Pomorska and see the works, which entered the canon of Polish card designs.