This extensive collection comprises around 50,000 posters primarily focused on cultural and political posters from the Soviet zone of occupation and from East Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany, and other European countries, in particular Switzerland and the Soviet Union. In addition, the holdings provide a reference collection of posters for events at the Akademie der Künste.
Posters from theatre and film as well as advertising and tourism in East Germany comprise one main area in the collection. In addition, thanks to its many artists’ estates, e.g. the archive of commercial artist Klaus Wittkugel, as well as representative sets of works and working drawings by individual artists such as Helmut Brade, Hartmut Henning, Horst Neumann, Niklaus Troxler or Volker Pfüller, the holdings facilitate a multifaceted analysis of graphic design’s history and development in Germany. The Poster Collection is also supplemented by provenance holdings, for instance, poster collections of Christa Wolf or Gisela May, which were taken over from other Archives Departments and often reflect the interests and careers of those who donated them.