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- Object: El Fascismo. El Fascismo japonés (Facism. The Japanese Fascist)
Poster with a giant spider with human head labelled 'Hirohito' squatting on a map of China. 1939
Lithograph printed in black and red
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Height: 435 millimetres
Width: 595 millimetres (maximum printed area)
- Curator's comments
- Prignitz p.317 no.27. Ittmann p.203 fig.246. TGP 1949 p.3 no.2.
According to Hannes Meyer in '12 anos de obra artistica collectiva' (an official TGP publication) this image is dated 1938.
Text from Dawn Adès and Alison McClean, 'Revolution on Paper, Mexican Prints 1910-1960', with the assistance of Laura Campbell, BMP, 2009.
A bespectacled man with a spider's body dominates this print. He represents Hirohito, the Japanese emperor who called for Japan's involvement in the Second World War; it also refers to Hirohito's invasion of China in 1937.
The poster employs the motif of Hirohito to advertise a seminar on the subject of Fascism in Japan which was planned for Friday 9 July 1938 at the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City. The speaker was Daniel Cosío Villegas, an important Mexican economist. This was one of several posters made by artists at the TGP to publicize the seminar series organized by the Liga pro cultura alemana en México (League for German Culture in Mexico). Some of the seminars focused on Fascism in different countries, such as Latin America, Spain, Italy and Germany, while others were thematic, including such topics as Anti-Semitism and how to fight Fascism.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010/11 Nov-Feb, Nottingham, Djanogly Gallery, Revolution on Paper
2011 June-Aug, Newcastle, Hatton Gallery, Revolution on Paper
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