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Le parlementarisme ne paie pas…

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (Designed and printed)

  • Date:

    1968 (Designed and printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Atelier Populaire (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    screenprint

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Voggenauer, in memory of his father Josef Voggenauer

  • Museum number:

    E.20-1999

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 80, box C

This screenprinted poster issued on behalf of the PCF (Parti Communiste Francais) is stamped 'Atelier Populaire', identifying if as one of the products of students of the Ecole des Beaux Arts, who turned out an estimated 120,000 posters between May and June 1968. The figure, labelled with the letters 'PCF' balances upon a ball marked 'Parliamentary Democracy', while juggling balls which spell out 'elections', to illustrate how, in the makers' view, Parliamentarianism, or a parliamentary principle or system of government, cannot work.

Physical description

'Le Parlementarisme Ne Paie Pas' student protest poster depicting a figure balancing on one leg on a large ball, and juggling nine smaller balls. Above the figure are the words 'Le Parlementarisme', and on the right of the poster, 'Ne paie pas', Each of the juggling balls has a letter which, when put together spells 'ELECTIONS', and the larger ball displays the words, 'Democratie Parlementaire'. The man has the letters 'PCF' in white across his middle. Printed in black on white.

Place of Origin

Paris (Designed and printed)

Date

1968 (Designed and printed)

Artist/maker

Atelier Populaire (makers)

Materials and Techniques

screenprint

Marks and inscriptions

'Atélier Populaire'

Makers' stamp

'LE PARLEMENTARISME / NE PAIE PAS / ELECTIONS / PCF / DEMOCRATIE / PARLEMENTAIRE.'
Parliamentarianism/ does not pay/ Elections/ PCF [Parti Communiste Français (French Communist Party)] Parliamentary Democracy
Slogan forming the design. The man, labelled 'PCF' balances upon a ball marked 'Parliamentary Democracy', while juggling balls which spell out 'elections'.

Dimensions

Height: 78.8 cm, Width: 62.7 cm

Descriptive line

'Le Parlementarisme Ne Paie Pas', Atelier Populaire, poster from the events of May 1968 in Paris

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Screenprinting

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Images Online; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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