Poster: Mass Medium or Art?

12. 5. 2014 from 18:00

Accompanying program to the Poster in the Clash of Ideologies 1914 – 2014 exhibition held in cooperation with Goethe Institute in Prague.

The Poster as a political medium.

Artists from Germany will come to the DOX Centre to discuss political poster.

How has the political poster’s role and function changed over the last 40 years? Leading poster artists from Germany – Klaus Staeck and Sandy Kaltenborn – whose works represents two eras and two generations using the poster as a medium for political messages, will come to DOX to discuss this subject.

Moderated by: Jaroslav Andě, Art Director at DOX

Klaus Staeck (b. 1938) is a publisher, lawyer, and graphic designer, and the author of over 300 posters and poster motifs. At the age of 18 he moved from Bitterfeld, East Germany to Heidelberg in West Germany, where he studied law. At the same time, he began to do art. In 1961 he joined the SPD (the Social Democratic Party of Germany), and remains a member to this day.

In 1965, he founded the Edition Tangente publishing house, later renamed to Edition Staeck, which publishes graphic art by internationally recognized artists such as Joseph Beuys, Rosemarie Trockel , Dieter Roth, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Neo Rauch and others, as well as books and other publications. Staeck considers posters to be his main medium of communication, along with postcards, about which he once declared: “Postcards were always important to me. They are one of the main pillars of my art, and I have never considered them to be some sort of by-product. Postcards are my great love, because they can become popular in the good sense of the word: they are available to all, inexpensive, and can be used for something.”

Staeck is also the co-founder of the International Exhibition of Art and information in Düsseldorf/Cologne, the predecessor of the well-known Art Cologne art fair. He has participated in the documenta international art exhibition a total of four times. Since 2006, he has been the president of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Since the 1970s, he has fought a number of court battles regarding his politically-charged work, all of which he has won in the end.

Sandy Kaltenborn (b. 1972) is a graphic designer, a graduate of communications design at Kunsthochschule  Berlin-Weißensee, and the founder of the Bildwechsel (image-shift) studio in Berlin, which since 1999 has focused on socially and politically engaged visual communication. The studio’s approach to its work focuses mainly the impact of visual design on cultural, political and social ties, and the responsibility of designers for their visuals. This is probably best summed up by the following quote: “We are not interested in wrapping and styling up shit...” The studio’s visuals are included in many books on graphic design, and have been presented at graphic design festivals around the world.

For Sandy Kaltenborn, the poster is one of the main visual communication media on which he often lectures and publishes.

Discussion will be held in english.


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