Polish circus posters proclaiming the word "CYRK" (the Polish word for "circus") were first created in 1962 when Poland’s state circus agency, ZPR, commissioned leading artists to develop a modern approach to the circus poster. ZPR wanted an updated look for the circus poster to parallel the circus' efforts to upgrade its image.
These CYRK posters were not intended as advertisements for specific circus acts or attractions; rather, they were created as artistic representations of circus acts, reminding the public that an exciting and modern circus was coming to town, with shows certain to entertain and thrill. They are characterized by vibrant colors, sly humor, and an up-close-and-personal look at circus acts featuring the curious and bizarre as well as the cute and humorous.
Several prominent Polish graphic designers contributed to establishing the distinctive look that became associated with the CYRK posters. Among them was Jerzy Treutler who created this fun poster of two poodles, one white and one black, performing their circus act. They are strikingly portrayed against a bright, bold and beautiful pink background.
This fifty-year old poster is a vintage gem. Printed in 1973 in the first print run, this unique poster captures the whimsy and fun of traditional circus acrobatic acts performed by dogs, acts which never fail to delight audiences of all ages.
During his long career, Jersey Treutler (1931-2020) designed hundreds of posters and book covers, as well as the iconic logo for the Polish fashion company Moda Polska. His numerous works have been exhibited at international exhibitions.