The German postal service has released a postage stamp, designed by visual artist Thomas Mayfried, to commemorate the 200th birthday of Karl Marx.
The design was the winner of a competition run by the German Federal Ministry of Finance to create a stamp to celebrate the anniversary of Marx’s birth on the 5 May 1828. The stamp is now available from the German postal service – Deutschen Post.
Designed by Thomas Mayfried, the winning stamp was chosen by Germany’s art advisory council and features an abstract portrait of the theorist in black and white.
“After the 1989 and 1990 collapse of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe, Marxism seemed to be at its end. Yet in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Karl Marx has attracted renewed and international attention,” it explained.
Although many of his predictions have been obviated by historical developments, his analysis of national and global contexts of capitalism remains pertinent.
Described by German philosopher Fredrich Engels as “completely in his cheerful, victorious Olympian peace”, the image depicts Marx in portrait form, facing the camera from a side angle.
The design also includes Marx’s name in a Sans Serif font, as well as the years of his birth and death.
“Through a thick grid of black and white lines, Thomas Mayfried abstracts what is probably the most frequently reproduced portrait of Marx,” said the ministry.
Stamps are often used to celebrate the lives of important figures. Last year in the UK, the Royal Mail released a series of stamps featuring six of David Bowie’s most iconic album covers, while the Iraqi postal service paid tribute to Zaha Hadid by featuring her on a new stamp.