Mihály Biró Memorial Exhibition at the Hungarian National Gallery

Hungarian title:

Biró Mihály emlékkiállítása a Magyar Nemzeti Kiállítása


Unknown artist


B2 (cca. 70 x 50 cm)




Fine, light wear.


Paper, offset lithography.

Price: US$400


Mihaly Biro Memorial Exhibition is a 1967 original vintage Hungarian event poster.

Mihaly Biro is internationally considered as the founder of political poster art, he is world-famous for his revolutionary designs from the 1910s. His works had great impact on the next generations of poster artists and his contemporaries all over Europe and the USA.

Biro’s posters are defined by the secessionist or Art Noveau style of the beginning of the century. His political posters are widely considered outstanding because of their expressive power. He was able to create long-lasting, monumental symbols for political parties and ideas. He often used monumental (male) figures, which embodied a whole social class or the society itself. Biró liked to use international socialist symbols, like the red colour, the sickle and hammer etc., but he has created new symbols too, like the red clenched fist, or the red-hammer-wielding man. Red and black are the two colours that define many of his works. Biró was very versatile in his use of typography: the text on his posters often becomes an organic part of the composition.

Besides the political posters, he also had a lighter, humorous and decorative side, which is manifested in his commercial and theatre posters. Many of these posters (Palma, Unicum, Gyerünk az Edison mozgóba, Nyugat)  have the same artistic value as his best propaganda designs.

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