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Brecht in Poland: Poster Designs for The Threepenny Opera 1979 - 1990

33rd Street and Market Street The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Nesbitt Hall Philadelphia PA 19104
  • Monday June 25th 2012 at 12:00am to Friday July 27th 2012 at 12:00am

June 25th-July 27th
Opening reception: June 27th, 6-8 pm

This exhibition looks carefully at a popular subject within the Westphal College's extensive collection of Polish posters, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's well-known 1928 musical The Threepenny Opera. The installation compares several artists’ interpretations of the musical through the posters they created to promote it, and examines more broadly the themes that affected the artists’ approach, including attention to the characters, plot, and score; the popularity of the national theatre in Poland; and the role of censorship during decades of Soviet occupation.

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