Here we have a rare Wolfgang Pfaundler photography exhibit poster from 1986. The art exhibit coincided with the release of his photography book. Cool image with the kid, the orderly bowls and the cat asleep on the ledge. The photo was found in a collection of vintage posters from the 50s to the 80s.
Here's a biography of the artist courtesy of Wikipedia:
Wolfgang Pfaundler was, among other things, the publisher of the book Der Tiroler Freiheitskampf published by Süddeutsche Verlag in 1809 under Andreas Hofer , numerous illustrated books and several films about Tyrolean customs. For decades he was also the publisher of the Tyrolean cultural magazine Das Fenster . During the Second World War , he fought as a partisan in the Tyrol against the Hitler regime, where he was the initiator and leader of the resistance group in the Ötztal together with Hubert Sauerwein. This was created in 1941 and sat down in 1942 from about 50 people together. In the mountains, the partisans were able to successfully hide from the Nazis until the end of the war and took power in the Ötztal in May 1945, which they then handed over without a fight to the invading Americans.
In 1958 Pfaundler published South Tyrol - Promise and Reality , a compendium of diplomatic negotiations and political events in and around South Tyrol since 1919. However, when the reference work failed to mobilize the public for the cause of the oppressed South Tyroleans, Pfaundler resorted to more radical methods. His desire for "freedom for South Tyrol" to help. He founded in 1957 - from the 1954 Bergisel-Bund out - the North Tyrolean section of the Liberation Committee for South Tyrol , mostly called "Freedom Legion South Tyrol" (FLS). In December 1960, he laid down his leadership, after ammunition, explosives and weapons were found in his rented apartment, his successor was Heinrich Klier. He said he never detonated bombs. He came rather as a "logistical" helper and advisor on the plan. Pfaundler was accused in 1962 in a Milan explosive process, the fire night of June 1961, in which 37 electricity pylons were blown up organized. As a result, although the Austrian authorities charged with the possession of explosives against him, in the subsequent jury trial, he was, however, acquitted. In Italy, on the other hand, he was sentenced in absentia to twenty years and eleven months imprisonment, after which he could not pass the Italian border for decades, otherwise he would have been arrested. Only in January 1998, the Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro informed the Austrian Federal President Thomas Klestil that he had pardoned four former South Tyrol activists, namely Heinrich Klier , Peter Matern, Wolfgang Pfaundler and Gerhard Pfeffer.
Wolfgang Pfaundler was married to the pianist and author Gertrud Spat (born November 5, 1930 in Eindhoven, January 19, 2010 in Innsbruck), working as a translator with Mary de Rachewiltz , the daughter of Ezra Pound , and as a novelist with the mother employed by Georg Trakl.
The rare poster measures 27 1/2" tall and 19 1/2" wide. The piece was definitely used and there is evidence of age and wear throughout. There is pink writing in the bottom left corner, along with two puncture holes. There is a tear in the bottom middle section. There are pinholes in the top right and left corners. There is also significant crinkling along the bottom section. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
I ship the continental USA only. The poster will be shipped rolled in a poster tube. Free shipping on the vintage poster.
The artist was a serious dude. He apparently was a man who believed in the use of force for the right cause. You wouldn't guess it by the poster. Interesting all around.