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1972 Munich Olympics Games Poster Designed by Horst Antes

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1972 Munich Olympics Games Poster designed by Horst Antes for the Art Series

This is an Original Lithograph

In anticipation of the 1972 Munich Games, West Germany attempted to create a positive international image for the country. With this aim in mind, the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXth Olympiad commissioned several artists from around the world to promote the event as “the happy games”. Unfortunately, this exalted aim was overshadowed by the tragic murder of eleven Israeli athletes during the Games. The artists designing the posters were free to choose their own themes but were encouraged to incorporate a relationship with the Olympic ideal. These 1972 posters mark the beginning of a long heritage of beautiful art posters designed specifically for Olympic Games held in different countries across the world. The chosen artists have created images that are readily recognisable as their work, whilst discharging the Organising Committee’s brief.

There were three types of posters: the Official poster entitled the Stadium poster and two other series of posters referred to as the Art Series and the Sports Series.

These posters were meant to advertise the Olympic Games held in Munich from 20th August to 10th September 1972.

In the Art Series some of the artists have chosen to interpret Olympic competitiveness as a metaphor for human aspiration and endeavour.

The posters on display are original posters published 45 years ago. As a general rule posters get elevated to the status of vintage posters 40 years after their dates of publication. So, these posters are now vintage posters and, as with all types of vintage posters, the prices of these posters will increase with the passage of time. In the case of posters condition is of central importance. Even a minor blemish could affect the price of a poster significantly. The posters I have exhibited are original posters in near fine condition. They are in a wholly different league from reproduction prints. Steady increases in their prices since 1972, have led to them being produced on an industrial scale to be passed off as originals, especially on internet sales platforms. (Today’s advances in print technology make it difficult even for a trained eye to distinguish original posters from reproductions.)

Birgraphical Details of the Artist:

Horst Antes is a German painter, printmaker, and sculptor, and is regarded as one of the founders of new figurative painting in Germany. His work is notable for its singular focus, as Antes returned to the same imagery throughout his artistic career. The artist’s early works straddled the boundary between figurative art and Art Informel, and often drew inspiration from the art of Willem de Kooning, whom Antes greatly admired. Born on October 28, 1936 in Heppenheim, Germany, he was a student of the prominent sculptor HAP Grieshaber during his time at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe. Kahn’s figurative work revolves around repeating an image of a self-described Kopffüßler, or head-footer—a human form with torso removed. His work has gained him significant academic and professional success, including a 1962 Villa Romana Prize scholarship in Florence, a Hans Molfenter prize in 1989, and a professorship at the Akademie in Karlsruhe from 1982–2000. Antes currently lives and works in Berlin, Karlsruhe, and Florence.

64 x 101 cm


Marlborough Antiques & Interiors has clarified that the 1972 Munich Olympics Games Poster Designed by Horst Antes (LA207745) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1972.


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