PGH Glühende Zukunft: Berlin Posters from the Time When the Wall Came Down
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
–25 August 2019
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The MKG Hamburg is using the anniversary as an opportunity to look at “die Wende” (the GDR’s change from a socialist to a capitalist economy) from a graphic point of view.
Shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the four East Berlin graphic artists Detlef Beck, Anke Feuchtenberger, Holger Fickelscherer and Henning Wagenbreth, founded the PGH Glühende Zukunft, in the style of the GDR’s customary mergers of individual craft enterprises to form “Production Cooperatives of Crafts”, or PGH for short.
Until 1995, the group designed posters, graphics, illustrations and flyers whose graphic style stands out clearly from the cleanly set writings of the Western designers who rely on photographs. The exhibition contrasts the group’s works with those of Volker Pfüller, who taught at the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin from 1982 onwards and who had a great influence on these young artists.