Museum Folkwang
Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe
  • Volker Pfüller
  • Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe, 1983

  • Round Heads and Pointed Heads
  • Offset
  • 81,5 x 114,8 cm
  • Printing Press VEB Druckkombinat, Berlin
  • Inv. DPM 5241
  • CommentaryDesign through drawing was a characteristic of GDR posters. Volker Pfüller developed a succinct style to be seen especially in his work for the theatre. In the best tradition of posters, he restricted himself to a few, contrasting colors, reduced details and concentrated on the principle motif. This motif is often a figure, with portrait-like features of one or more actors: Pfüller lithographed many of his posters himself at the Graetz printers shop in Berlin. The rarely presented drama ›The Round Heads and the Pointed Heads‹ was one of three pieces to be presented after a complete renovation of the Deutschen Theater and the neighboring Kammerspiele; the presentation of ›Faust II‹ did not take place. The poster shows the principle character in a pose indicating that everything is ok, which contrasts with the chaos behind him. One can perhaps also associate this construction, in the figurative sense, to a dichotomy between GDR propaganda (the same gesture was often used with the same signification in political posters) and East German reality – only a few years later the GDR would be constitutionally absorbed into the Federal Republic of Germany.
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  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):German Poster Museum
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 242
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Deutsches Plakat Museum im Museum Folkwang
  • Obj_Title1_S: Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe
  • Obj_Title2_S: Round Heads and Pointed Heads
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  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe Round Heads and Pointed Heads Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1983
  • Jahr von: 1,983
  • Jahr bis: 1,983
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: DPM 5241
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: DPM 005241
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Poster
  • Obj_Crate_S: 81,5 x 114,8 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Offset
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  • Obj_Condition1_S (Druckerei): VEB Druckkombinat, Berlin
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
    Photo: Museum Folkwang, Essen
Commentary
Artists

Design through drawing was a characteristic of GDR posters. Volker Pfüller developed a succinct style to be seen especially in his work for the theatre. In the best tradition of posters, he restricted himself to a few, contrasting colors, reduced details and concentrated on the principle motif. This motif is often a figure, with portrait-like features of one or more actors: Pfüller lithographed many of his posters himself at the Graetz printers shop in Berlin. The rarely presented drama ›The Round Heads and the Pointed Heads‹ was one of three pieces to be presented after a complete renovation of the Deutschen Theater and the neighboring Kammerspiele; the presentation of ›Faust II‹ did not take place. The poster shows the principle character in a pose indicating that everything is ok, which contrasts with the chaos behind him. One can perhaps also associate this construction, in the figurative sense, to a dichotomy between GDR propaganda (the same gesture was often used with the same signification in political posters) and East German reality – only a few years later the GDR would be constitutionally absorbed into the Federal Republic of Germany.