The Jan Lenica Award was founded after the artist death in 2001. It was established to memorialize this outstanding artist born in Poznań and closely connected with the National Museum in Poznań for many years. The Museum preserves in its archives documents describing the life and work of Lenica and gathers his artistic legacy. Jan Lenica was one of the most prominent Polish contemporay artists. He was one of the creators and most significant representatives of the „Polish poster school”.
The Jan Lenica Award is presented to distinguished graphic artists from around the world with a well established artistic personality, and an attitude close to that of Lenica – going beyond the usual definition of a commercial artist. Poster and other graphic forms serve as a medium of autonomic artistic expression of authors look at the surrounding world. All of the awarded artists have outstanding personal achievements in this area. The Jan Lenica Award was presented for the first time to Michel Bouvet from France in 2002.