During the decade preceding the fall of the Berlin Wall, East German artists’ posters, known as Künstlerplakate, served as a dynamic means of individual expression. Functioning both as advertisements for cultural events, and works of art in their own right, these posters were produced in small editions. By keeping total production under 100 copies each, painters, sculptors, and graphic artists were able, for the most part, to bypass strict German Democratic Republic censorship boards. Künstlerplakate: Artists’ Posters from East Germany, 1967-1990 features 127 works from all over the former GDR, thus revealing the evolution of this artistic form, from early examples in the 1960s to the rich and varied highpoint of the late 1980s. The exhibition was organized by Ingrid Mössinger and Katharina Metz for the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz and showcases a recent gift to that institution from collectors Margrit and Gert Becker.
Text in German, with attached English translation of foreword and introduction