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Drawing, Poster Design for Metropolis by Fritz Lang

This is a Drawing. It was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from The Museum of Modern Art as part of Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

It is dated 1926. Its medium is brush and gouache. It is a part of the department.

While working on The Lodger, Kauffer submitted several poster designs to the film’s distributor, Gainsborough Pictures. The sketches were rejected, which made national headlines: “Posters Too Good for the Films,” the papers reported. “They are sort of Futurist and quite attractive,” wrote the distributor, who feared they would misrepresent the films as “expressionist” pictures. Whether the design for Metropolis was included in this submission remains unknown, but Kauffer’s film posters never went into production.

It is credited The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously, 1961.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 43.2 × 74.9 cm (17 in. × 29 1/2 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

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