The Orange Alternative – Surrealist Protest Movement

Rewia Soc-mody [Review of Sots-fashion]. Original illustrated card.

Warsaw, 1988. Original print inside a mass-produced communist postcard dedicated to the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, measuring 14.5 × 10.5 cm. Very good.

An invitation postcard advertising a mass performance event of The Orange Alternative which took place in Warsaw’s Old Town on November 6th, 1988. Staged during an anniversary celebration of the Bolshevik Revolution, the performance was titled “Z gruntu apolityczna impreza, czyli Rewia Soc-Mody” (A basically apolitical event, or review of Socialist Fashion), for which the participants were invited to dress up as the various articles of the Polish constitution. An artistic and quasi-political performance art movement, Pomarańczowa Alternatywa (The Orange Alternative) arose in the early 1980s. The carnivalesque group reached its peak of activity in 1985-1989, resonating especially well with students and young people who were drawn to the humorous and anarchic mass happenings, installations and stencil art organized by the local cells of the movement. In later interviews, Waldemar Fydrych, one of the initiators of the movement, explained that in organizing the happenings of The Orange Alternative, his ambition was to treat the political system of Poland as a work of art. This event invitation was printed inside an original communist postcard created in 1981 for the anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution.

Book ID: 51674

Price: $150.00