A highly decorative art deco poster advertises mask balls during the Carnival celebrations in the pre WW II Munich in Germany, in theater and night club Kolosseum.
Kolsseum (or Colosseum) was the oldest Varieté Theater in Germany, built in 1874 by Franz Kil, in the Glockenbachviertel in Munich, the area still known today for night clubs and theaters. It survived both wars, but was demolished in 1961. The varieté was very popular during the 1920s and 1930s, but the night life in Munich started suffering under the Third Reich, when many artist, including coloured and Jewish, were not allowed to entertain anymore. Also gay varietés, which were very popular during the two wars, had to close.
The Kolosseum was still hosting Carnival parties during the WW II, being one of the rare buildings in the citiy, which was not bombed.
The posted was made by Karl Geiss, a poster artist, active mostly in the 1930s. Geiss is known for his 1930s political posters for Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) with very strong anti Nazi propaganda. Because of their powerful messages, as portraying Hitler as a violent maniac, or a worker being crucified on a swastika (Der Arbeiter im Reich des Hakenkreuzes!), Geiss’es posters are still reproduced as a witnesses of the pre WW II years in Germany.
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