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1996

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Poster, Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zürich Theatre Festival), 1996

This is a Poster. It is dated 1996 and we acquired it in 2010. Its medium is offset lithograph on wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Here, an ordinary family dinner takes a strange turn. The mother stands on a chair while the father is chained to a table leg like a dog, staring straight at the viewer from beneath the table, appearing resigned to his fate. By blocking the other faces with colored dots, the poster intensifies our emotional connection with the beleaguered patriarch.

This object was donated by Marc Benda. It is credited Gift of Sara and Marc Benda.

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Its dimensions are

128.1 × 90.6 cm (50 7/16 × 35 11/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Upper left: Tages Anzeiger /Prasidialdepartement /Der Stadt Zurich In script at lower left: Zuercher Theater Spktakel 22.8.-8.9.96 Lower left: Zucher / Kantonalbank / Schweizer Ruck

Cite this object as

Poster, Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zürich Theatre Festival), 1996; offset lithograph on wove paper; 128.1 × 90.6 cm (50 7/16 × 35 11/16 in.); Gift of Sara and Marc Benda; 2010-21-91

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