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PGH Glühende Zukunft – Zeichnungen, Plakate, Eigensinn – Berlin 1989-1995 – Bröhan Museum | 13.06.-08.09.2024 

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Bröhan Museum presents the exhibition PGH Glühende Zukunft. Drawings, Posters, Stubbornness. Berlin 1989-1995 from 13 June. Rich colours, a bizarre world of figures and rebellious humour – conformist boredom looks different. The graphic design of this “production co-operative of craftsmen” of the former GDR, PGH for short, is bursting with energetic creative drive. The East Berlin artists’ group wrote their vision of a glowing future on their own banner in 1989, shortly before the fall of the Wall. Its members Detlef Beck (BECK), Anke Feuchtenberger, Holger Fickelscherer and Henning Wagenbreth stand for the creative appropriation of social change at the time of reunification.

Image above: Henning Wagenbreth, Plakat, Siebdruck, 1991

In the former GDR, a craft production cooperative (PGH) was a voluntary association of craftsmen and tradespeople who worked together. In the case of the PGH Glühende Zukunft, it was the cartoonist BECK, the comic artist and illustrator Anke Feuchtenberger, the comic artist and cartoonist Holger Fickelscherer and the graphic artist and illustrator Henning Wagenbreth who worked together from 1989 to 1995. Henning Wagenbreth founded a PGH for artistic productions back in 1988. The name was inspired by the horticultural production co-operative “Blühende Zukunft”.

DEEDS NEWS PGH Glühende Zukunft. Zeichnungen, Plakate, Eigensinn. Berlin 1989-1995 - Bröhan Museum 2
Gestaltung Anke Feuchtenberger, Text Michaela Beck: Postkarten für den Unabhängigen Frauenverband 1990

During the period in which the PGH Glowing Future was active together, a diverse, socially and politically committed body of work was created. The diverse formats, printing techniques and materials, bold colours and strong contrasts are striking. In combination with haunting, figurative motifs, an expressive, unmistakable visual language was created.

With the exhibition “PGH Glowing Future”, the Bröhan Museum continues its series on important graphic design. After the jazz posters by Niklaus Troxler, the concert posters by Günther Kieser, the French graphic design collective Grapus, Otl Aicher’s graphic design for Olympia 72 and the Krautrock music posters, the exhibition “PGH Glowing Future” now presents not only an artistic signature, but also the image of a promise kept, in which the aesthetics of a new beginning are just as inscribed as the political commitment: demanding, optimistic and free.


Exhibition period:
Thursday, 13. June until Sunday, 8. August 2024 

Guided tours:
5.7./12.7./19.7./26.7./2.8./9.8./6.9. at 4 pm

Long night of the Museums:
Saturday, 24. August, at 6 pm

Free “Family Sundays”:
Every 3rd Sunday of the month, at 11:00 am, for children (5-12 years) and their families,
90 min
Registration required at: vermittlung@broehan-museum.de, Tel: 030/32690625

Opening hours:
Tue – Sat, 10 am until 6 pm
Public holiday, 10 am unril 6 pm


Bröhan Museum
Schloßstraße 1a
14059 Berlin


Regular: 8 €
Reduced: 5 €

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