The Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is presenting “Escapes: Polish Art in the Communist Era,” an exhibit celebrating the creative spirit that prevailed through turbulent and oppressive times, beginning Saturday, January 30th through March 21st.

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the separation of the Polish United Workers Party, Poland’s Communist party, on January 30th, the Laband Art Gallery will open “Escapes” on that day.

The exhibition spans four decades of Polish art created under Communist rule. The works are drawn primarily from the Bohdan “Bo” W. Oppenheim and Sylwestrowicz Collection, as well as the holdings of the Center of the Study of Political Graphics and Warszawa Restaurant, a gallery spokesperson says.

Featured in the exhibition are paintings, drawings, sculptures, and posters.

Poland’s strong poster art tradition will be highlighted in the exhibition with a selection of works from the 1950s to the early 1990s.

The exhibition will conclude with examples of Solidarity movement posters and post-Communist images from 1990.

Works by artists Waldemar Swierzy, Mieczylaw Gorowski, Andrej Krajewski, Tomasz Sarnecki and Lex Drewinski are among those that will be included.

For gallery information and hours, http://cfa.lmu.edu/laband/.

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