The Museum Ludwig in Cologne is exhibiting the complete collage-tableaux "The Americans" by U.S. illustrator and cartoonist Saul Steinberg (1914-1999) for the first time since he created it in 1958 for the Brussels World´s Fair.
For the U.S. pavilion at Expo 1958 in Brussels -the first world´s fair to be mounted after World War II- he created a largescale mural collage consisting of eight panels with a total length of over seventy meters. They present a critical panorama of everyday life in America, ranging from the hustle and bustle of the big city to the apparently idyllic world of rural communities. The exhibition is on view until June 23rd, 2013. All images courtesy of Museum Ludwig, Köln.
The Americans. Downtown – Big City, 1958. Romanian-born Steinberg studied architecture in Milan before emigrating in the early 1940s to America. He settled in New York and achieved eminence chiefly as a result of the covers he designed for The New Yorker.
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