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What is this?

Poster for an international film exhibition with text and images in black, red and blue. A large blue square in lower right section depicting photographic reproduction of a man’s eyes and a red film strip of a woman. Text in red at oblique angle across square: FILM. Above, text in blue: INTERNATIONALE / TENTOONSTELLING / OP FILMGEBIED / [in black and red]: ITF. Lower left corner, text in red and blue: 14 APRIL / 15 MEI; 1928 GROOTE KONINKLIJKE / BAZAR ZEESTRAAT 82 / DEN HAAG.

Why is this in our collection?

Piet Zwart ranks among the most celebrated designers of the 20th century. This 1928 poster, ITF: Internationale Tentoonstelling op Filmgebied (International Film Exhibition), is his most famous graphic design work. The poster advertises a film festival in The Hague at which avant-garde films from nine different countries were shown. International film festivals were a new phenomenon of the late 1920s and, like many avant-garde designers and artists, Zwart was a film devotee. He joined the Experimental Theater Association of The Hague, which showed avant-garde films as matinees, and helped them organize a large-scale film exhibition in 1928 to encourage interest in the new medium. Zwart was influenced by the... more

This is a poster from Netherlands. It is dated 1928 and we acquired it in 2013. Museum purchase through gift of Susan Hermanos, Judith and Charles Bergoffen, Cathy Nierras, and Anonymous Donors and from Drawings and Prints Council and General Acquisitions Endowment Funds.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 107 as part of How Posters Work.

Its medium is

letterpress on wove paper

Its dimensions are

85 x 61 cm (33 7/16 in. x 24 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed, lower left: S / P. ZWART.

This object was designed by Piet Zwart

This object was fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and purchased from Merrill Berman

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Poster, ITF Internationale tentoonstelling op filmgebied (International Film Exhibition), 1928 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=31 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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