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Poster - Olympic Games

Olympic Games

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (printed)

  • Date:

    1936 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Würbel, Franz, born 1897 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB3G, shelf DR, box 33

A poster advertising the Olympic Games held in Berlin in August 1936. It was published by the German Railways Head Office for Tourist Traffic and the Propaganda Committee for the Olympic Games. The increasing international rivalry that developed in the Olympics after their re-establishment in 1894 was reflected in their posters. The German Chancellor, Adolf Hitler, saw the Berlin Olympic Games as a major opportunity for publicity for his Nazi regime and its racist ideology, and high-profile posters were commissioned from Franz Würbel and Ludwig Hohlwein. Classical realism was Hitler's chosen style, and this design incorporates sculpture from Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and a heroic head crowned with laurels.

Physical description


Place of Origin

Germany (printed)


1936 (printed)


Würbel, Franz, born 1897 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph


Height: 1016 mm, Width: 637 mm

Descriptive line

Wurbel, poster advertising the Olympic Games in Berlin 1936


Printing ink



Subjects depicted



Sport; Posters; Olympics


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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