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La Presse Ment

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    ca. May 1968 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Atelier Populaire (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint

  • 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.1784-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR31

During the general strike against de Gaulle's government (May-June 1968) students of the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts occupied their own buildings and set up a poster press. Named the Atelier Populaire, it put out an estimated 120,000 posters from 300 different designs in support of the uprising. Most were printed by cheap and 'home-made' silkscreen processes. The operation was highly organised and democratic, with slogans and designs selected by assemblies and committees. Perceived government misuse of the police and the press were grievances aired in many of the designs.

Physical description

'La Press Ment' [The press lies], French propaganda poster, screenprint. The 'ss' of Press, makes an allusion to the SS [Schutzstaffel], the Nazi secret police. The image is white on black, depicting a member of the French riot police, wearing a helmet, goggles and boots, and carrying a baton. He is reading a copy of a broadsheet called 'Premieres Nouvelles' [First News], the writing announces 'C'est Le Calme' [it is calm]. The sheet obscures most of his body.

Place of Origin

Paris (printed)

Date

ca. May 1968 (printed)

Artist/maker

Atelier Populaire (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint

Marks and inscriptions

'La Press / Ment'
The press lies
At top of poster

'PREMIERES NOUVELLES / C'EST LE / CALME'
First news, it is calm
Printed on 'newspaper' being read by policeman

'. . .TELIER / . . .OPULAI. . .'
Atelier Populaire, the name of the student workshop responsible for making the print.

Descriptive line

'La Presse Ment' [The press lies], French propaganda poster, screenprint by the Atelier Populaire, France (Paris), May 1968

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Screen printing

Subjects depicted

Police; Boots; Riot police; Protest; Helmets; Satire; Truncheons; Newspapers

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Caricatures & Cartoons; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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