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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Hungary (published)

  • Date:

    1988 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pócs, Péter, born 1950 (designer)
    Haris, László, born 1943 (photographer)
    Novotoys, Budapest (client)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph printed on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mücsarnok, Budapest, through Krisztina Jerger. Reproduced by courtesy of DACS, London, 1997.

  • Museum number:

    E. 146-1991

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2F, shelf DR77, box BRITISH MUSEUM POSTERS

This poster was ostensibly advertising an exhibition of work by the artist Péter Stefanovits, but Pócs used it as a vehicle to convey his image of the weakening Communist regime and expressed his personal view of the inherently doomed nature of utopian ideals. He used the red star of Communism in many of his posters, in each it takes on a different texture or aspect, revealing it as weak, decaying or trapped. The question mark after his signature impled his belief that the end was imminent, in 1988 or 1989. In the event, democratic multi-part elections were held in March 1990.

Physical description

Portrait format poster.printed in colours. Photographic image of a red star nailed to a wooden cross agains a crumbling blue wall. to the left a diagonal banner in pink with black lettering announcing the title of the exhibition etc.

Place of Origin

Hungary (published)


1988 (published)


Pócs, Péter, born 1950 (designer)
Haris, László, born 1943 (photographer)
Novotoys, Budapest (client)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph printed on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signature; Hungarian; lower side of left margin; offset lithography

Details of production
lower left margin; offset lithography


Height: 980 mm sheet, Width: 680 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Poster by Peter Pocs from the Pro-democracy Poster Collection. Hungary, 1989-1990.

Production Note

Poster for an exhibition of works by Péter Stefanovitz at the Dorottya Street Galler,Mücsarnok, Budapest, published illegally by the Novotoys Publishing House, Hungary, 1988.

Reason For Production: Exhibition


Printing ink; Paper


Colour offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Crucifix; Counter-revolution; Revolution; Communism; Democracy; Politics


Propaganda; Politics

Production Type

Mass produced


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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