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1964

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2013

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Poster, Wozzeck

This is a Poster. We acquired it in 2013. Its medium is offset lithograph on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This poster depicts a scene from Alban Berg’s atonal opera Wozzeck. The title character stabs the mother of his child and throws the bloodied weapon into a lake. He later drowns while trying to retrieve the knife. The illustration unites Wozzeck’s cries with the currents of the bloodied water and the blood-red moon above.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled A Bloody, Primal Scream.

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Poster, Wozzeck; Poland; offset lithograph on paper; 2013-30-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition How Posters Work.

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