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Klaus Staeck. The Art Does Not Take Place in the Gallery

Neue Nationalgalerie

The Nationalgalerie is holding an exhibition in Berlin’s public spaces featuring the political poster art of Klaus Staeck, the internationally renowned German artist and publisher (b. 1938 in Pulsnitz, Germany).  For three weeks (7 August - 31 August 2014) a selection of 10 editions from his political posters created since the 1970s will go up on more than 300 advertising columns throughout the city. Shown in today’s socio-political climate, the selected images are a testament to the topicality of their themes - despite the fact they were created up to three decades ago. With intelligent satire and great wit, Klaus Staeck follows modern phenomena in the world of politics, the economy, and culture and questions the mechanisms of these seemingly foreordained parameters of everyday life.

The posters went on display on 7 August 2014 on commercial advertising pillars dotted around Berlin’s central business districts and neighbourhoods. A map of the city featuring all columns is available from the Nationalgalerie’s divisions, and can be used by visitors in locating the intervention in the public space. The map is available from: the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Alte Nationalgalerie, Museum Berggruen/Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg. Special pillars have also been temporarily erected in front of the Neue Nationalgalerie and Hamburger Bahnhof, each featuring all 10 poster subjects.