An exhibition of 150 of the best posters commissioned by London Underground has gone on display at London’s Transport Museum.
The Underground commissioned its first poster in 1908 and has since earned a worldwide reputation for commissioning outstanding designs.
For its Poster Art 150 exhibition, the museum asked an independent panel to choose 150 of the most iconic posters from its collection.
The resulting display includes works by Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash and features designs from each decade over the past 100 years.
Visitors to the exhibition and the museum’s website are being asked to vote for their favourite poster in the Siemens Poster Vote.
The most popular work will be revealed later this year.
Poster Art 150 runs until October and is part of the museum’s year-long celebration of the Tube’s 150th anniversary.
Other events include:
Behind the Scenes events and Open Weekends at the Museum’s store at Acton
April and October 2013
The Museum’s Depot at Acton will open its doors for special Behind the Scenes events in April and October.
Themed days will include photography, art and design, creative writing and ‘Driver’s seat days’. There will also be a chance to learn more about the restoration of the Met Loco No. 1 and Met Railway Carriage No 353 – both of which will be on display.
Theatrical events at the disused Aldwych Underground station
The 150 years of London’s underground railway history will be highlighted through theatrical performances based in the disused Aldwych Underground station.
Official book: Underground – How the Tube Shaped London
Penguin Books have published a new official history, Underground – How the Tube shaped London, written by London Transport Museum’s Director – Sam Mullins and former curators Oliver Green and David Bownes.
Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs takes place at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB.
Admission to the exhibition is included in the entry ticket to the main Museum galleries which will be £15.00 (£13.50 for adult concessions) which allows free entry to all the Museum galleries for a whole year. Under 16s go free.
For further information visit www.ltmuseum.co.uk or call 020 7565 7298.