Aug 3, 1955 - Aug 15, 1955
Central Bureau of Art Exhibitions (Zachęta gallery), Warsaw, Poland

The International Young Art Exhibition was organized as part of the 5th World Festival of Youth and Students “For Peace and Friendship” (Warsaw, July 31–August 14, 1955). It opened on August 3, 1955, at the Central Bureau of Art Exhibitions, and took up nine rooms with a total area of 1,400 m2.

The show was the result of an open call announced by the Festival’s International Committee in 1955. The international jury selected 1,583 works of art (painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, folk art) by 1,018 artists from 45 countries.

As an example of socialist mass events, the International Exhibition provokes questions regarding its logistics, political context, selection criteria, and the formation of global anti-war iconography after World War II.