Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs
Trust the London Transport Museum to pull out all the stops to celebrate our beloved Tube’s 150th birthday. And why the heck not, it’s an age to be proud of. They are celebrating with a fascinating exhibition of 150 posters which have chosen by a panel of experts from their 3,300 archive – blimey! The selection features some well-loved and big name artists such as Man Ray, Paul Nash and Alfred Leete and represents the range and depth of the Museum’s collection.
Not only do the posters tell the story of the London Underground, but also of graphic design and London itself. With a wide variety of artistic styles from typographic experiments to scenic watercolour landscapes, the posters also depict and trace the fashions and anxieties of Londoners throughout the century, all split into six themes: Finding your way, Brightest London, Capital Culture, Away from it all, Keeps London Going and Love your city.
There will be plenty of iconic posters on display that visitors can recognise, and even more that will delight, baffle and intrigue even the most avid of Tube buffs out there. The public will be able to vote for their favourite poster in the gallery and also online in The Siemens Poster Vote – the most popular poster will be revealed later in the year.
The exhibition was unveiled earlier this week and will run until 27th October, 2013. Definitely worth a stop.
by Roxy Mirshahi