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Krzysztof Dydo was born in Krakow in 1945. He graduated from a Krakow high school, later a Teacher Training College, and in the years 1967 - 71 he studied at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the AGH University of Science and Technology (currently the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Electronics).
After graduation, he worked as a teacher at the Railway Technical School, head of the transport and national tourism department at the Youth Tourism Office "Juventur", antiquarian and poster specialist at P.P. "DESA", manager of the "Galeria Forum" and deputy director of the "Youth Culture Agency", then of the "Young Culture Foundation".
In 1985, Krzysztof Dydo founded the "Poster Gallery" (which remained within the structure of DESA until 1994). It was created on the basis of the private Dydo Poster Collection, which began in the mid-1950s, i.e. in the heyday of the so-called Polish School of Poster. At that time, Krzysztof Dydo, as a teenage student of one of the schools in Krakow, started collecting posters. In order to obtain the desired graphic work, he resorted to various methods. Today, his collection has about 40,000 posters. More than 120 of them are posters specially designed and printed for exhibitions that Krzysztof Dydo has created in many countries around the world. Polish and foreign art magazines have written about the Krzysztof Dydo Collection, as noted by many renowned international guides to Krakow and Poland.
The Poster Gallery is the only gallery in Poland specializing exclusively in the promotion and sale of Polish posters, a meeting place for both artists and all those interested in Polish art posters. In addition to preparing exhibitions, printing catalogues, posters and postcards, the Gallery cooperates in the organization and organizes various thematic poster competitions.
The gallery offers its customers nearly 2,000 titles of posters, over a hundred Polish artists - graphic artists, painters and designers. A significant part of the offer is a cultural poster - theatrical, film, music, exhibition and author's. You can also find a good social, sports or advertising poster.
Throughout the existence of the Gallery, Krzysztof Dydo organized over a hundred individual and collective exhibitions in Poland and the same number in most European countries and many countries around the world. Most often, apart from thematic exhibitions, individual exhibitions of such famous Polish posters as Henryk Tomaszewski, Roman Cieślewicz, Jan Lenica, Waldemar Wałkuski and Stasys Eidrigevicius from Warsaw, Leszek Wiśniewski from Vienna, Leszek Żebrowski from Szczecin, Roman Kalarus from Katowice, and younger artists Wiesław Grzegorczyk were presented. Kuba Sowinski.
The gallery cooperates with state and private cultural institutions, galleries, museums, theaters, both in Poland and abroad, with Polish embassies and numerous Polish Institutes.
The undoubtedly historical achievements of the Gallery include organizing five great exhibitions with colorful catalogs: "100 years of Polish poster art 1891 - 1992" (600 posters in 1993), "Masters of Polish poster art" (200 posters in 1995), "Polish film poster - 100 years of cinema in Poland" (880 posters in 1996), "Polish theater poster 1899 - 1999" (800 posters in 2000) and a retrospective poster exhibition 1989 - 2001 with the album "Plakaty" (300 posters in 2001).
This is what Włodzimierz Orzeł says about Krzysztof Dydo: “He published over 120 posters, organized several hundred exhibitions. one guy. And he is also a good husband and father of four daughters. Krzysztof's attitude to posters is best evidenced by his statement in the catalog of the Poster Festival in Krakow: “Polish posters are a treasure that should be cherished. Many of us will envy him. It feels like being abroad. This is our constant good business card. Like Chopin in music and Wajda in film. At 60, he says he needs to slow down a bit. Because he has been dealing with the poster for almost 50 years. He deserves a good retirement. But who will replace him in what he does? Krzysiu, take a little more time with us."