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The art of the poster - a century of design
16 October 2008 to 31 March 2009

A new major retrospective exhibition that celebrates a century of outstanding poster design for the Capital’s public transport network. Bringing together many original and unseen artworks, The art of the poster explores how the first poster commission for London Underground in 1908 led to the company becoming a pioneering patron of poster art - a legacy that continues today.

The exhibition reveals stunning works of art, uncovers the stories and processes behind the creation and production of some of London’s most iconic posters and explores the relationship between fine artists, graphic designers and the commissioning process.

Admission is included in the entry ticket to the main Museum galleries (adults £10.00; senior citizens £8.00; students £6.50.

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Talks and events

Art for All? The public response to Underground posters

A talk by Claire Dobbin, co-curator of The Art of the Poster
Date: Tuesday 24 March 2009
Time: 18.30 to 19.30

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Supporting publication

This book celebrates a century of outstanding design commissioned by the Underground, London Transport and its present day successor, Transport for London. It explores the organization's pioneering role developed in the early twentieth century under the visionary leadership of Frank Pick.

It contains 240 pages and 270 colour illustrations. It is published to coincide with the London Transport Museum's new major retrospective exhibition of poster design opening on 16 October 2008.
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