Great scholar of the history of manifestos and printing techniques, Volker Pfüller is the link between German expressionism of the early 20th century and his students’ generation (among whom is Anke Feuchtenberger), the young illustrators and artists on exhibition at Lipparini in the collective show curated by Canicola.
Strongly inspired by the work of Jo Steiner (creator of posters for theater and cabaret in Berlin both before at after the First World War) Pfüller has created a great number of posters for theater using lines and colors that are instinctive and colorful, with little theory but an extreme functionality. He is the only artist, other than Steiner, to put the actor at the center of these works (many of which are strangely horizontal), making the actor recognizable to the public thanks to his abilities as a portraitist. He plays with the faces and toys with expression, changing the shape and significance of the work of theater. Pfüller puts the drawing in scene; the figure on the poster is as real as the actor on stage.
The show at Galleria stamperia d’arte Squadro is a singular chance to discover the past and the present in an artist who made history in creating posters for East German theater and to understand the manual labor involved in making manifestos, a major part of the creative process. Pfüller will hold a workshop at Teatro Sì during the festival and will be in conversation with Anke Feuchtenberger for all to attend at the university