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Poster - Temesvár. Timisoara

Temesvár. Timisoara

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Hungary (designed and printed)

  • Date:

    1990 (designed and printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Orosz, István, born 1951 (designer)
    Hungarian Democratic Forum [MDF] (issued by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph printed on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mücsarnok, Budapest, through Krisztina Jerger

  • Museum number:

    E.138-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This poster was one of three designs made by the artist of his own accord and offered to the Hungarian Democratic Forum. The fragment of a crucifixion scene is an expression of sympathy for those who died in the revolution in Romania in 1989. The multi-ethnic Transylvanian town Timisoara (in Romanian) or Temesvár (in Hungarian), was the flash point for events that resulted in the overthrow of Ceausescu’s communist dictatorship in Romania. The fact that the revolution was a common cause for Romanians and Hungarians is emphasized by the image of a double arm and the two squares in the countries’ national colours.

The element of Christian iconography is in harmony with the style of the image which imitates the appearance of a woodcut print, a general feature of Orosz’s work. The historicising effect endows the poster with pathos and a strong emotional tone while still observing the principal rule of poster art: the need to create a simple, immediately recognisable sign. Orosz’s posters were among the most popular graphic designs during the period of political transition in Hungary. At the same time, they were considered works of high artistic quality and collectors’ pieces.

Physical description

Poster

Place of Origin

Hungary (designed and printed)

Date

1990 (designed and printed)

Artist/maker

Orosz, István, born 1951 (designer)
Hungarian Democratic Forum [MDF] (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph printed on paper

Dimensions

Height: 67.7 cm, Width: 95.3 cm

Descriptive line

Poster , Hungary. RF 90/1271

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Politics; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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