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Head of the Deutsches Plakat Museums at Museum Folkwang René Grohnert with the poster "JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG (1870-1960) I Want You for U.S. Army", 1917, color lithograph, acquired 2022 through the Folkwang-Museumsverein
03/09/2022

Wanted: Acquisition of an icon within the international poster art

The latest addition to the collection of the Deutsches Plakat Museum at the Museum Folkwang is arguably one of, if not the most iconic of international World War posters. The color lithograph "JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG (1870-1960) I Want You for U.S. Army"from 1917 was printed during the First World War with a total circulation of around 5 million copies. Through a reissue for World War II as well as its borrowing in other contexts, the iconic motif has been inscribed in our collective memory over the years. Currently, it is estimated that only about 50 original copies of the poster are still in circulation.

 

It complements the already extensive collection of posters on the First World War in the Museum Folkwang with an essential specimen. In addition, the poster will serve as a key visual for the upcoming exhibition "WE WANT YOU! - Von den Anfängen des Plakats bis heute" whose title is borrowed from the poster itself. The exhibition "WE WANT YOU! — Von den Anfängen des Plakats bis heute" opens on 08 April 2022.

 

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