The Hague - Design and Government

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In 1925, Prime Minister Colijn presented himself as 'captain of the ship'. Rita Verdonk uses the same sentiment with the introduction of her new party in 2007.

Election posters in
The Netherlands

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In the gallery we show about 350 election posters in chronological order. When you move your mouse across a poster, date, political party and (if known) the name of the designer become visible.

Thanks to:
Documentatiecentrum Nederlandse Politieke Partijen, Groningen,
Gemeentearchief Rotterdam,
Haags Gemeentearchief, Den Haag,
Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis, Amsterdam,

Other related links:
Exhibition in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, with photos from German election posters manipulated by the people on the street,



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Politics and visual communication

How do politic parties present themselves to the public? In historical perspective it is interesting to see what the role of the designer has been in the communication of the party programme and think about how the design of the poster relates to the content of the various political parties. Were designers or illustrators involved? How does form fit with content? And how is the perception on the images by the voters? To answer those questions we have collected election posters from 1918 till now.

For now we have focused on The Netherlands and Germany; in the future the collection will be complemented with posters from Sweden (2012), France (2014), England (2016) and Italy (2018).