History

1964
The Folkwangschule für Gestaltung acquires ca. 300 turn-of-the-century French posters (for teaching purposes).

1969
Association for the founding of a German poster museum based in Essen (Deutsches Plakat Museum e.V.)

1971
The university act comes into force. The Folkwangschule für Gestaltung becomes a department of a new university.

1972
The Folkwangschule für Gestaltung becomes part of the newly founded University of Essen. Its administration is transferred from the city to the state – the poster museum seeks a new proprietor.

The collection is taken over by the City of Essen
Foundation of the German Poster Museum
Foundation of the ‘Kuratorium Deutsches Plakat Museum’
Merger with the Museum Folkwang
Site of the museum: Haus Industriereform (Old Synagogue)
The collection contains ca. 100,000 objects

1979
Collection moves to Rathenaustr (Theaterpassage).

1983
Opening of the German Poster Museum Gallery.

2004
Closure of the gallery and a part of the depot in Rathenaustrasse, collection is prepared for a move.

2005
The collection’s move to the Grunderzentrum Triple Z (part of the Zeche Zollverein) is completed.

The collection contains more than 340,000 objects

2005
The collection’s move to the Grunderzentrum Triple Z (part of the Zeche Zollverein) is completed.

The collection contains more than 340,000 objects

 
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