The Neon Muzeum in Warsaw is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of Poland’s cold war era neon signs. The sole creators and directors of the Neon Muzeum are David Hill and Ilona Karwinska. They built the foundations of the museum in 2005 with Ilona’s photographic documentation project entitled ‘Polish Neon’. The preservation and renovation of the first cold war neon signs also began during this photographic project.
The subject of Polish cold war neon was rapidly brought to greater public and media consciousness by numerous exhibitions and publications. The ‘Polish Neon’ exhibition travelled from London, Luxembourg, Amsterdam to Warsaw, and our efforts have resulted in a ‘neon rennaisance’.
Urban Neonisation – was this the largest state-sponsored design project in history? How the authorities reconciled socialism and consumerism without brands or advertising.