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The Pope Smoked Dope

Poster from the exhibition The Pope Smoked Dope

The exhibition project The Pope Smoked Dope introduces beat and rock music and its influence on graphic design of the years 1962 -1972. For the young generation of that era it was the music which was co-creating the sensing of life and influencing even their opinion. That is why it was important to pursue mainly with the endeavour in visualisation of music and of the feeling of music on posters and music record covers. The strongest was the so called psychedelic style in the years 1966 – 1967. It was right then, when also from the art-historical point of view something entirely new was created. In reality everything had started with The Beatles but the psychedelic wave which affected the whole world, just like the beat music did before, evolved in San Francisco on posters of rock dance concerts in Filmore West Family Dog Production.

At the exhibition you can see books and brochures dealing with music, hippie culture, drugs, first space flights but also problems with civilisation character e.g. war in Vietnam, “revolutionary” year 1968 and so on.

The exhibition is also not lacking multiples with musical content or pop-art graphic prints reflecting feelings of a young person in a big city.

The Palffy Palace
17.05.2007 - 26.08.2007

November 3, 2008   
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