loading images


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.

This is a poster from Russia. It is dated 1928 and we acquired it in 2008. Museum purchase from Drawings and Prints Council and General Acquisitions Endowment Funds. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

lithograph on off-white wove paper

Its dimensions are

106.7 x 70.5 cm (42 x 27 3/4 in.)

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

See more stuff from the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Do you have your own photos of this object? Are they online somewhere, like Flickr or Instagram? Or have you created a 3D model of one of our objects in SketchUp or Thingiverse? If so then then tag them with ch:object=18714041 and we will connect ours to yours!

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18714041/ |title=Poster, "Symphony of a Big City", 1928 |author=Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum |accessdate=25 April 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

If you would like to tell us more about an object or have found an error in an object record, please fill out this form. Objects that are slated to be on display when the museum re-opens in 2014 are being given priority but all corrections are welcomed!