The art of the poster – a century of design,celebrates a century of outstanding poster design for London’s public transport network.
Over 60 original artworks are on display as part of our retrospective exhibition at London Transport Museum. Featuring leading artists of their day and many previously unseen artworks, The art of the poster explores how the first graphic poster commission for London Underground in 1908 led to the company becoming a pioneering patron of poster art – a legacy that continues today.
Taking a chronological and thematic approach The art of the poster will be supported by photographs, letters, concept sketches and artist’s materials and will feature leading artists and designers of their day.
Explore the relationship between fine artists, graphic designers and the commissioning process, and discover the fascinating stories behind some of the works on display. Discover why the painting by world renowned artist John Nash was never published, how John Bellany’s misunderstood Chinatown has been reinterpreted by today’s Chinese community and why a controversial poster by Edward Wadsworth was withdrawn from public display in the 1930s.
The multimedia exhibition is interpreted through film, touch screen interactives and original quotes from the artists themselves, and is complemented by a new display of 20 historic posters printed from the artworks on display.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a lively talks and events programme and a new book, London Transport Posters – a century of art and design, which contains more than 250 colour illustrations. The book places posters within the wider context of design, fashion, 20th century advertising, printmaking, two world wars and suburban development from a range of perspectives.
Museum opening times:
Saturday to Thursday: 10.00 to 18.00
Friday: 11.00 to 21.00
Children under 16 free, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB
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