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Poster - "Die Nelken brauchen jetzt Wasser"
  • "Die Nelken brauchen jetzt Wasser"
    Staeck, Klaus, born 1938
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"Die Nelken brauchen jetzt Wasser"

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1975 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Staeck, Klaus, born 1938 (designer)
    Steidl, Gerhard (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour offset lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.1727-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR25

Klaus Staeck (b. 1938) is a social activist and graphic designer who trained as a lawyer in Germany. Constant themes in his poster art are social justice, free speech and political honesty. Over the years, the prolific Staeck has produced many controversial examples of agitprop - some landing him in German courts. Though addressing many complex political issues facing our contemporary existence, Klaus Staeck relies on simple visual motifs which incorporate the use of photomontage.
The image of a red carnation in a gun barrel is the symbol of peaceful resistance in Portugal: in 1974 (the year beofre this poster was published), a non-violent protest by Portugese civilians and dissenting soldiers alike resulted in the formation of a parliamentary democracy.

Physical description

Red carnation in the barrel of a rifle.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1975 (made)

Artist/maker

Staeck, Klaus, born 1938 (designer)
Steidl, Gerhard (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

colour offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

"Die Nelken brauchen jetzt Wasser"

Descriptive line

Solidarity with Portugal poster by Klaus Staeck. Germany, 1975.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Rifles; Propaganda; Politics; Carnations; Agitprop

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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