"Legends on the street: 300 years of German posters" by Jianping He

After the invention of chromolithography by Aloys Senefelder, posters have been inextricably linked to art. Streetscapes were literally transformed when poster artists such as Ernst Litfass from Berlin injected creative vitality with their poster creations, treating the street as their gallery. German posters have over 300 years of history, reflecting the riches of art history, social change, as well as modern industries. The ingenuity and contributions of German poster artists directly influenced the history of posters in Europe, both artistically and technically. 300 years is a mere moment in historical terms, yet many masters have left their immutable marks: Emil Rudolf Weiss, Thomas Theodor Heine, Lucian Bernhard, Ludwig Hohlwein, John Heartfield, Kaethe Kollwitz, Oskar Schlemmer, Herbert Bayer...

This one-hour lecture is a historical tour of the development of German posters.