Election poster issued by the Alliance of Young Democrats [FIDESZ]
'Make Your Choice'
Offset lithograph on paper
Museum no. E.174-1991
Given by Nigel Wade
Photographs of two kisses are juxtaposed on this poster, each symptomatic of different political cultures. The first kiss is an official greeting between the former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker, head of the GDR (the communist-ruled German Democratic Republic) until October 1989 and one of the most hard-line of the Eastern Bloc leaders. It captures the stale officialdom and secrecy of Soviet-style politics. The second kiss between a young man and woman sitting outdoors suggests youth, a more open future and the freedom of the individual. The poster is a relatively makeshift design that is roughly reproduced. However as an irreverently humorous and sharp political comment it quickly achieved cult status.