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Marx in Feathers
January 26, 2012   
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A poster depicting Karl Marx with a beard of feathers—an illustration published in Egoist magazine—and 200 other works by prominent German poster designer Günter Rambow are on display at the Wilanów Poster Museum in Warsaw until Feb. 5.

Rambow gained international acclaim as a designer of movie and theater posters and works dealing with social and political issues. Most of his works are marked by synthesis and precision, and are composed of two or three colors only.

Rambow has won prizes at many prestigious poster exhibitions. Preparing for the Warsaw event, he teamed up with Stasys Eidrigevicius, a great painter, poster designer and graphic artist of Lithuanian descent, to arrange the exhibition space.

Some of the most noteworthy items on display include a series of black-and-white posters that Rambow designed for a theater in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1998-2000. Despite their modest color range, the posters strike viewers with a wealth of ideas and expressive form. One of the finest examples is a poster for Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, in which the title is shaped to look like a white infinity symbol set against a black backdrop.

The exhibition also features several works in full color. Many of them seem to be inspired by constructivism and Bauhaus.

Through Feb. 5; Wilanów Poster Museum, 10/16 St. Kostki Potockiego St.
tel. 22 842-48-48, www.postermuseum.pl
Open Mon. noon-4 p.m. (free admission), Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tickets zl.10 and 7
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