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What is this?

Silhouettes of women's faces, alternately facing left then right, forming a column-like motif. The silhouette is composed of thin stripes in brilliant shades of green. Printed on a white ground.

Why is this in our collection?

In the early 1970s, Marburg Wallcoverings approached a diverse group of international artists to create wallpaper that would reflect the taste of the time. The company wanted to produce wallpaper that would be ornamental in itself and not act as a background for other objects. The artists were each commissioned to design papers that reflected their best-known work, and the results were produced as a series called Xart Walls. Swiss artist, Jean Tinguely, designed a paper with depictions of machine parts on a metallic ground. French artist, Niki de Saint Phalle, illustrated her Nana figures in neon colors. Paul Wunderlich, a German artist known for the surreal imagery of his paintings, created a paper with... more

This is a sidewall from Germany. It is dated 1972 and we acquired it in 1992. Museum purchase from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund.

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Its medium is

flexograph-printed on paper

Its dimensions are

Platemark/repeat: 58 x 53 cm (22 13/16 x 20 7/8 in.)

This object was designed by Werner Berges and manufactured by Marburger Tapetenfabrik and Marburger Tapetenfabrik and created by Werner Berges

This object was purchased from KORNELIA TAMM, LTD. and catalogued by Gregory Herringshaw

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