Max Burchartz. Poster for a Dance Festival (Tanzfestspiele) at the Second German Dance Congress, Essen. 1928

Max Burchartz Poster for a Dance Festival (Tanzfestspiele) at the Second German Dance Congress, Essen 1928

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The prevalent culture of physical fitness in Weimar Germany had a visual analogue in the dynamic, uncluttered vocabulary of The New Typography—what László Moholy-Nagy, writing in 1925, termed "the hygiene of the optical, the health of the visible." The New Typography was frequently adopted in graphic material advertising sporting events, and in this case it promoted an expressive dance movement that flourished in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. This poster's design exemplifies the _typophoto—_a combination of type and photography felt to communicate with the greatest clarity—with the women's dynamic poses amplifying the rhythmic lettering and radiating segments of the yellow circle. "The liveliness of asymmetry is an expression of our own movement and that of modern life," wrote Tschichold in 1928; "it is a symbol of the changing forms of life in general."

Gallery label from The New Typography, December 23, 2009–July 26, 2010.
35 1/2 x 33 1/4" (90.2 x 84.5 cm)
Graphische Anstalt F.W. Rohden, Essen, Germany
Purchase Fund, Jan Tschichold Collection
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© 2021 Max Burchartz / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany
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