Poster, Symphony of a Big City, 1928
Lithograph on off-white wove paper. Museum purchase from Drawings and Prints Council and General Acquisitions Endowment Funds. 2008-1-1
What is this?
This Soviet film poster for the German 1927 movie "Die Symphonie der Grossstadt" ["Symphony of a Metropolis"], depicts a mechanical man composed of a head with a movie camera for one eye, a watch on his neck, with one arm typing on a typewriter and the other arm in the form of a pen. This figure is placed in front of a flat and tilted skyscraper. The title of the film, in red, runs diagonally along the lower edge while the movie credits in white parallel the diagonal building.
Why is this in our collection?
Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg’s film posters are universally considered design icons. The brothers were major innovators in the field of modernist graphic design. Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg were born in Moscow in 1899 and 1900, respectively. They attended the Stroganov School of Applied Art and took classes in military engineering. In the early 1920s, they joined other artists, including Alexander Rodchenko, in an exhibition of constructivist sculpture and painting. The Stenbergs’ contributions were non-objective sculptures of glass, metal, wire, and wood, showing lines and planes floating in space. Their earliest graphic design efforts were for the theater, which the Soviet state supported as a... more