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1964

  • Work on this object began.

2013

  • We acquired this object.

2015

2021

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Poster, Wozzeck

This is a Poster. It is dated 1964 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is offset lithograph on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This poster depicts a scene from Alban Berg’s atonal opera Wozzeck. The title character stabs the mother of his child and throws the bloodied weapon into a lake. He later drowns while trying to retrieve the knife. The illustration unites Wozzeck’s cries with the currents of the bloodied water and the blood-red moon above.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled A Bloody, Primal Scream.

It is credited Museum purchase from Friends of Drawings & Prints Fund.

  • Poster, Kabaret
  • offset lithograph on wove paper.
  • Gift of Sara and Marc Benda.
  • 2010-21-100

Our curators have highlighted 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Poster, Macbeth
  • lithograph on white wove paper.
  • Gift of Art Chantry.
  • 1995-69-50

Its dimensions are

H x W: 97.3 × 67.6 cm (38 5/16 × 26 5/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Poster, Wozzeck; Poland; offset lithograph on paper; H x W: 97.3 × 67.6 cm (38 5/16 × 26 5/8 in.); Museum purchase from Friends of Drawings & Prints Fund; 2013-30-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition How Posters Work.

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