Museum Folkwang
40. Jahrestag / der großen sozialistischen Oktoberrevolution
  • John Heartfield
  • 40. Jahrestag / der großen sozialistischen Oktoberrevolution, 1957

  • 40th Anniversary / The Great Socialist October Revolution
  • Gravure print
  • 82,8 x 59,6 cm
  • Printing Press k.A.
  • Inv. DPM 4680
  • CommentaryAnniversaries of important political events were always lavishly celebrated in the GDR with considerable publicity, and the anniversary of the Russian revolution was one of the most important. That John Heartfield was given the task of designing a poster for the 40th anniversary shows how important it was as, at the time, he was one of the most distinguished and internationally reputed artists living and working in East Germany. He had become known throughout the world in the 1930’s with his political photomontages. For this poster, Heartfield composited different photographs at different levels (of meaning). The raised rifle is the important message; it is like a signal to storm the Palace in St. Petersburg (where the 1917 revolution began). Armed men can be seen in the second level as well, beyond which everything turns into a diffuse black – and over everything flies a red flag, a symbol of the new power.
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    Photo: Museum Folkwang, Essen
Commentary
Artists

Anniversaries of important political events were always lavishly celebrated in the GDR with considerable publicity, and the anniversary of the Russian revolution was one of the most important. That John Heartfield was given the task of designing a poster for the 40th anniversary shows how important it was as, at the time, he was one of the most distinguished and internationally reputed artists living and working in East Germany. He had become known throughout the world in the 1930’s with his political photomontages. For this poster, Heartfield composited different photographs at different levels (of meaning). The raised rifle is the important message; it is like a signal to storm the Palace in St. Petersburg (where the 1917 revolution began). Armed men can be seen in the second level as well, beyond which everything turns into a diffuse black – and over everything flies a red flag, a symbol of the new power.