Print: Offset lithography
Dimensions: 21.3 x 33.1 in (54 x 79 cm)
Condition: Very good condition - the poster has been stored in book attached with tape in the corners - please see pictures. The poster also has light handling signs. Most imperfections is covered when framed.
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This beautiful poster was created to promote a political theater group associated with the free town Christiania called Solvognen (The Sun Chariot).
Solvognens was founded in 1969 and was dissolved again in 1982 and made several political happenings and performances. One happening (my mother told me about) was the performance called "Army of Santa Clauses". One day in December 1974 Christmas an "army" dressed up as Santa Clauses appeared in high-end shopping centers and handed out gifts from the shelves to the customers. Of course they did not pay for any of the "presents" and many where arrested.
However, this poster advertise a show called "Det Hvide Slot" (The White Castle) which was set up in 1980 but I cannot find anything on the performance online. The performance was set up in "Den Grå Hal" (The Grey Hall) which is a small but nearly legendary venue in Christiania. Some of the artist who has played there are: Portishead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prodigy, Bob Dylan, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Manic Street Preachers and Faithless.
Since the birth of the free town in 1971 different Danish politicians has threaten to close the free town and this is why campaign posters like this one was made. The turbulent history of the free town began when a group of Copenhagen locals climbed through the fences guarding the site. They wanted a green recreational area and a playground for their children to romp in. That same year, an alternative newspaper ran an article about the abandoned military buildings - the old "Bådsmandsstræde Barracks" - situated on the site, and ideas about how they could be used as homes for the many young people who couldn’t get a place to live.
The article caused a massive immigration of people from near and far who wanted to create a different life based on community and freedom. Since then, the free town has led a tumultuous existence, and the residents has been both tolerated by the government as inhabitants of an official "social experiment" as well as given eviction notices by politicians on many occasions.
Yet, more than forty years later they are still here, only a ten minute stroll away from the centre of Copenhagen, and it is still possible to sense the atmosphere of history and experience. Perhaps the last remnants of the peace and love hippie movement in Europe.
But there is a lot more into Christiania than that - the free town is well know for it's open marijuana market, cafes, concert halls and workshops in abundance. The locals are regarded as having a high creative spirit and an open mind.
Here is a poster which represents quite a history and it is very beautiful as well with many references to the 1970s.
Thanks for watching and please let me know if you have any questions.
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