Heinz Edelmann Collection

Abstract

Heinz Edelmann (1934–2009), who became famous in 1968 for the character design in the Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine, produced a body of work across the next four decades that was notable for its Expressionistic sensibility tempered by wit and humor. A series of posters in 1980s and 1990s for Westdeutscher Rundfunk (the principal public broadcasting station in West Germany) gained lasting cultural significance for politically bold graphics that were striking in their combination of whimsical, surreal, and sinister imagery. Edelmann had a long history of providing illustrations for periodicals, including Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the avant-garde magazine Twen. Books for the publisher Klett-Cotta were free-flowing designs that combined hand-lettering and illustration. Edelmann's distinctive contribution to visual culture has been recognized internationally in solo exhibitions in Europe, the United States, and Japan, including a Masters Series exhibition at the School of Visual Arts.

General Physical Description

Two flat file drawers.

Scope and Contents

The Heinz Edelmann Collection comprises 140 posters, 13 screenprints, and nine books.

Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Citation

Heinz Edelmann Collection, [series. item]. Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives, Visual Arts Foundation, New York.

Acquisition Information

The Heinz Edelmann Collection was acquired as a gift from Heinz Edelmann.

Container List

Milton Glaser Design Archive > Heinz Edelmann Collection > Series 1. Posters, 23.5 x 33.5 in (60 x 84 cm)
LOC TITLE DATE
1Atlas Film. Sezession. (Classical statue with eyeball and film)1960s
1Atlas Film. “The Magnificent Ambersons". (Line drawing outlined figures)1960s
1Atlas Film. “El angel exterminador". (Man with exploding head)1960s
1Atlas Film. “Nekrassow, by Jean-Paul Sartre". (Eyeball on back of head)1960s
1Atlas Film. “Around the World in 80 Days". (Foot leaving frame)1960s
1Kammerspiele Düsseldorf. “The wind in the branches ...". a French psuedo-Western play. (Woman with two revolvers)1960s
2Modern Art Museum München. “Monsters, Beatles und Edelmann". Exhibition poster, 23.5 x 33.5 in1968
3WDR Kinderprogram. Orson Welles1976
3WDR Kinderprogram. Collage of faces1976
3WDR Kinderprogram. Color blocks1976
3WDR Kinderprogram. Cherries1976
3WDR Kinderprogram. Projector1976
3WDR Kinderprogram. Animals and letters1976
3WDR Kinderprogram. Cigar box1976
3WDR Kinderprogram. Rabbits in snow1976
3WDR Kinderprogram. Boy on hog1976
3WDR Kinderprogram. Frontier1976
3WDR Kinderprogram. Man with picture of dog1976
3WDR Kinderprogram. Juggling cat1976
3WDR Kinderprogram. (Paper cutouts).1976
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne. Face in oil paint1981
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne. (Red figure playing flute)1983
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne. (Hands with covered fingers)1985
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne. (Color stripes out of horn)1987
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne. (Color stripes on traveller’s back)1987
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne. (Man in bird costume playing horn)1991
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne. (Gold cups on etchings)1992
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne, (Man with harp/lines)1993
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne. (Flowers)1994
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne. (Horns with waves)1995
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne. (Hands with tubes)1999
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne. (Man in armor with white dot)2000
4WDR Tagealter Music in Herne. Man in robe with cut-out guitar and fiddle1997
5WDR Folkfestival. (Collage)1981
5WDR Folkfestival. (Woman with cherry over her ear)1985
5WDR Folkfestival. (Man playing violin in field with apples)1986
5WDR Folkfestival. (Smokestacks in red oil paint)1988
5WDR Folkfestival. (Bird standing on house)1989
5WDR Folkfestival. (Sliced bread on shore)1990
5WDR Folkfestival. (Cannon pouring into vase)1993
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Man walking with ears)1983
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Man and moons)1984
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Ladder and moons)1987
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Stairs, chair, boulder, and moon)1983
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Man standing on swans)1982
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Two buildings and moon)1992
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Bird flying under moon)1993
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Boy with candle and moon)1990
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Woman with flute and moon)1991
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Moon on face)1991
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Owl with violin)1994
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Owl with musical notes)1993
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Boat with moon)1994
6WDR Nachtmusik. (Moon, nail and hammer)1995
7WDR Rheinisches Festival. (Men moving piano into a building)1986
7WDR Rheinisches Festival. (Face and musical notation)1992
7WDR Rheinisches Festival. (Circus leader and piano)1988
7WDR Rheinisches Festival. (Bird with music note)1993
7WDR Rheinisches Festival. (Music notes in landscape)1997
8WDR 2 Live. (Bird with ears)1980
8WDR 2 Live. (Tomatoes with faces)1981
8WDR 2 Live. (Peas with faces in pod)1982
9WDR. Pop-Power In Concert mit Joy Fleming, Ralph Nowy Group, The Alquin1975
9WDR. Harald Banter und de Media Band1978
9WDR. Muzik zur Weihnacht1978
9WDR. Harald Banter und de Media Band1979
9WDR. Ein Abend In Wien1979
9WDR. Harald Banter In Concert Mit de Media Band1981
10WDR. Radiothek Unterwegs. (Radio with arms and legs)1979
ƒWDR. Radiothek Unterwegs. (Lions and lightning bolts)1981
12WDR. Reden muß man miteinander. (Man and woman in room with modern furniture)1982
10WDR. Daggen Sein Ist Immer Leicht Vom Umgang Mit Vorurteilen. (Man with arrows)1981
ƒWDR. Vom Bosporus Bis Gibraltar. (Man, seashell and smokestacks)1985
11WDR. Zum 1000 Mal / Unterhaltung Am Wochenende. (Man with spotlight on mouth)1992
11WDR. Kabaret Fest. (Figure with burning bird)1990
11WDR. Big Band Workshop. (Man with goggles and hose)1980
11WDR. Jacques Offenbach / Die Banditen. (Faces over landscape)1980
11WDR. Der Arme Jonathan. (Currency symbol and heart on seesaw)1980
12WDR. Begegnungen mit traditionen. (Geometric shapes on landscapes)1977
12WDR. Begegnung mit Brasilien. (Etching of woman in black and white looking through a window at dancers in colorful oils)1980
13WDR. Musik des Sepherad ‘92. (Candles on table)1992
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Crying woman with Micky Mouse accoutrements)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Torso with smokestacks)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Women printed in red and blue)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Light bulb and printing artefacts)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Man with two Chrysler Buildings over his face)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Silhouette with shoe and ear)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Robed skeleton figure with horns holding heart)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Man in formalwear with garters and stockings)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Woman printed in blue with green tree outlines and red panel)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Three figures printed in pink with white teeth)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Man with tongue coming out of his ear)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Eye peeking through bunch of bananas)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Woman dressed in butterflies)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Twisted figure with spotlight)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Cars crashing on green gridplane)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Man with hot dog backpack)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Blue face with red nose-mask)1981
14Theater der Welt ‘81. (Women with lightbulb heads)1981
15WDR. Die Ausgewogenheit. (Microphones on yellow background)
15WDR. Die Ausgewogenheit. (Bird at microphone)
15WDR. Die Ausgewogenheit. (Lion at microphone)
15WDR. Die Ausgewogenheit. (Rabbit at microphone)
15WDR. Die Ausgewogenheit. (Owl at microphone)
15WDR. Die Ausgewogenheit. (Butterfly at microphone)
15WDR. Die Ausgewogenheit. (Headless turtle at microphone)
16Theater der Welt Essen 1991. (Face, arm, and volcanoes)1991
16Theater der Welt Essen 1991. (Burning arm)1991
16Theater der Welt Essen 1991. (Hand forming a face)1991
16Theater der Welt Essen 1991. (Hand in boat with skull and crossbones flag)1991
16Theater der Welt Essen 1991. (Hand and toiletry kit)1991
16Theater der Welt Essen 1991. (Hand and sliced loaf)1991
16Theater der Welt Essen 1991. (Hand with bees)1991
16Theater der Welt Essen 1991. (Hand with finger through a ring)1991
16Theater der Welt Essen 1991. (Hand with knife)1991
16Theater der Welt Essen 1991. (Eleven hands with Micky Mouse gloves)1991
17This Way. (Two panels, one with man and arrow, other with text)1993
18Design Center Stuttgart. (Pairs of geometric shapes boarding an arc, rainclouds)
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Heinz Edelmann Collection > Series 2. Posters, 33 x 47 in (84 x 120 cm)
LOC TITLE DATE
19Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. Life of Gallileo, by Berthold Brecht. (Man with orbiting globes)
19Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. (Classical figure with ropes)
19Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. Katzelmacher, by Rainer Werner Faßbinder. (Pink man in underwear with moustache)
19Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. Henry IV, by Luigi Pirandello. (Man with crown)
19Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. Kasimir und Karoline, by Ödön von Horvath. (Black figure in uniform and red face)
19Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. Cabaret, by Joe Masteroff and John Kander. (Betty Boop-esque figure with Hitler moustache and parted hair)
19Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. Totenfloß, by Harald Mueller. (Green figure eating its own leg)
19Nationaltheatre Mannheim. Kalldewey, Farce, by Botho Strauß. (Man and woman in embrace, labelled “the man” and “the woman")1982
19Nationaltheatre Mannheim. Trilogie des Wiedersehens, by Botho Strauß. (Arrows labelled “A,” “B,” and “C” entering a room)1986
20Kammerspiele Düsseldorf. der Stellvertreter, by Rolf Hochthuth. International Typographic Style geometric composition, credited at corner to Kurt Edelmann1963
21Theater der Welt ’93 München. (Figure on red ground)1993
21Theater der Welt ’93 München. (Figure on green field stepping into hole)1993
21Theater der Welt ’93 München. (Figure on orange ground)1993
21Theater der Welt ’93 München. (Figure on globe with blue background)1993
22WDR. Rheinisches Musikfest 1991 Köln. (Insect playing piano)1991
23Stuttgart. Natur Im Kopf. (Face with leaves)1993
23Stuttgart. Natur Im Kopf. (Figure with splayed limbs, red stripe)1993
24WDR. Rheinisches Musikfest 1997 Wuppertal. (Music note in landscape)1997
24WDR. Béla Bartók. (Face with leaves)1993
25Creation Gallery G8. Heinz Edelmann. (Monochrome figure carrying colorful figure, similar to Item 116. Text in Japanese)1993
25AGI. Tolouse-Lautrec. (Toulouse-Lautrec in front of height scale with artists’ names)2001
25WDR. Schulfunk. (Collage with slogans)
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Heinz Edelmann Collection > Series 3. Prints
LOC TITLE DATE
26Still-Ben “Nord-West” [Still Life “Northwest”]
26Still-Ben “Vanitas” [Still Life “Vanities”]
26Still-Ben “Mit Drei Kerzen” [Still Life “Three Candles”]
27Klett-Cotta Frankfurter Buchmesse 1992. (Candles in book)1992
28“Les Dents,” by G. Braque. (Procession of teeth)
28“Trois Dents en Afrique,” by G. Braque. (Procession of teeth)
28“Boo,” by Mark Eisner. (Chain gang)
28“Boum,” by Youri Fromental. (Cannon and sea-monster)
28Untitled. (Floating heads and table)
28Untitled. (Head in window)
29Essen Theater Festival. Characters In The Order Of Their Appearance. (Figure with one foot in vase and other in fire)
29Essen Theater Festival. Characters In The Order Of Their Appearance. (Man standing on sword)
29Essen Theater Festival. Characters In The Order Of Their Appearance. (Figure carrying heads)
29Essen Theater Festival. Characters In The Order Of Their Appearance. (Figure on red field)
29Essen Theater Festival. Characters In The Order Of Their Appearance. (Figure with hoop of fire)
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Heinz Edelmann Collection > Series 4. Books
LOC TITLE DATE
Edelmann, Heinz. Das Buch der Bücher. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 19971997
­­­———. Die 51 Schonsten Buchumschlage Von Heinz Edelmann:. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 19821982
———. The Incredible Heinz Edelmann. Köln: Walther Konig, 20042004
———. Skizzenbuch. Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, 20002000
Gasser, Manuel and Boris von Borodine (illustrations). Die Küche meiner Tante Mélanie: Französische Hausmannskost von Anno dazumal. Stuttgart: Insel Verlag, 19771977
Heißenbüttel, Helmut and Heinz Edelmann (illustrations). Mehr Ist Dazu Nicht Zu Sagen. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 19831983
Mosca, Franco, Silvio Coppola, Franco Grignani and Pino Tovaglia (introductions). Heinz Edelmann. Milan: Associazione Italiana Artisti e Grafici Pubblicitari Italiani, 19741974
Nieto, M. A. and H. Edelmann (illustrations). El hombre que hace Magia. Madrid: Gráficas Oggi, 19921992
Nowottny, Friedrich and Frieder Mellinghoff (introductions). Direct Access: One-Hundred and Sixty-Five Ideas and Fifty-Five Posters For the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln by Heinz Edelmann. Köln: Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz, 19931993