Since the advent of massed produced lithographic advertising in the late 1800’s, posters have played a role in sending all kinds of messages. The Vienna Secession was a movement of artists that broke away from the art establishment. Similar to Art Nouveaux, the style permeated art, design and culture throughout Austria and Germany. Possibly its most famous exponent was Gustav Klimt, who’s distinct style can be seen in the secessionist posters created to advertise the movements expositions.

Political and revolutionary movements throughout history have used posters as a cheap and effective means of communication, using the streets as their megaphone.

“Nothing captures the passion and spontaneity of protest like handmade signage. Often the urgency behind a protest means you just have to grab a marker and start writing.”



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