JOSEF ALBERS "MUNICH OLYMPICS" SIGNED POSTER, 1972
This iconic vintage poster featuring Albers signature ‘mitered square’ is a remarkable piece of art and sports history.
It is a fine reminder of Alber's importance as a key practitioner of minimalism and hard-edge abstraction...and possibly even Op art.
In anticipating of hosting the 1972 summer Olympics, Germany sought to create a positive image for itself. As Arnold Schwarzenegger described in his memoir "Holding the Olympic Games in Munich was meant to symbolize West Germany's transformation and reemergence in to the community of nations as a modern democratic power". The Olympic committee commissioned several international artists, including David Hockney, Pierre Soulages, and Max Bill amongst others, to design promotional posters to position the event as “The Happy Games”.
Artists were free to chose their themes, but also encouraged to incorporate Olympics ideals into their works. This began a long and continuing tradition of commissioning beautiful art works to celebrate the Olympic games. (We have handled several examples of the Montreal Olympic posters from 1976, examples can be seen here and here)
Unfortunately, the games were largely overshadowed by the tragic “Munich Massacre”, during which a band of Palestinian terrorists held hostage, and eventually killed, 11 Israeli athletes, coaches, and officials.
Today, Josef Albers' Olympic poster is one of the most famous and sought-after examples from this series that combines art, sport and the international community.
This is a particularly rare example that was signed by the artist.
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Signed and dated by the artist.
40”H 25"W (work)
Very good condition.
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