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Poster - Comrades It's Over

Comrades It's Over

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Hungary (designed and printed)

  • Date:

    1990 (designed and printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Orosz, István, born 1951 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph printed on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

This is the most popular poster from the first free elections in Hungary following the collapse of communism - both in Hungary and internationally. Calling for the withdrawal of the Soviet Army from the territory of Hungary it expresses the desire of the whole population to be free and independent. The motif of the fat nape of a neck has a long tradition in the visual culture of social criticism (for example in the painting of Gyula Derkovits, in German activism and in Billy Wilder’s film ‘Five steps to Cairo’). In this new context there are several connotations: the cruelty of a faceless power, going away and being shot through the back of the head. The Russian inscription was legible for all Hungarians, who were obliged to study the Russian language. The poster was one of three designs made by the artist of his own accord and offered to the Hungarian Democratic Forum. ‘конец’ (‘the end’ or ‘it’s over’) was the word that appeared on movie screens at the end of Soviet films (shown in large numbers in all Soviet Bloc countries).
Imitating the appearance of a woodcut print is a characteristic feature of the artist’s style. The historicising effect gives a sublime quality to an accusing and bitter image and evokes a rich cultural inheritance stretching back to the woodcut sheets of the Reformation.

Physical description


Place of Origin

Hungary (designed and printed)


1990 (designed and printed)


Orosz, István, born 1951 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph printed on paper


Height: 980 mm, Width: 680 mm

Descriptive line

"Comrades It's Over", poster by Istvan Orosz. Colour offset lithograph, Hungary, 1990


Printing ink; Paper



Subjects depicted



Prints; Propaganda; Politics; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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