Past exhibitions

Poster Art 150: London Underground’s Greatest Designs

Until 5 January 2014
London Transport Museum’s blockbuster exhibition Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs, closes on Sunday 5 January 2014. Supported by Siemens it showcases 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced and features works by many famous artists including Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash, and designs from every decade over the last 100 years.

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The posters were selected from the Museum’s archive of over 3,300 Underground posters by a panel of experts; the 150 that appear in the exhibition show the depth and diversity of the Museum’s collection.

It is also the last chance to have your say on the all-time greatest design by voting in the gallery or online in The Siemens Poster Vote. The most popular poster will be revealed at the end of the exhibition. Nearly 40,000 people have voted so far since the exhibition opened in February.

Entry to the exhibition is included in price of admission.

Since its first graphic poster commission in 1908, London Underground has developed a worldwide reputation for commissioning outstanding poster designs, becoming a pioneering patron of poster art - a legacy that continues today.

Our new blockbuster exhibition Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs, will showcase 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced. Supported by Siemens, and forming part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the London Underground, the exhibition will feature posters by many famous artists including Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash, and designs from each decade over the last 100 years. The posters were selected from the Museum’s archive of over 3,300 Underground posters by a panel of experts; the 150 that will appear in the exhibition show the range and depth of the Museum’s collection.

Poster Art 150 is a fitting exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the world’s first underground railway, as the last major Underground poster retrospective was held in 1963 to celebrate the centenary of the Underground. Well-known posters, including the surrealist photographer Man Ray’s ‘Keeps London Going’ pair, will feature alongside lesser-known gems. The exhibition will also offer a rare opportunity to view letter-press posters from the late nineteenth century.

The exhibition focuses on six themes:

Finding your way includes Underground maps and etiquette posters. It also includes posters carrying messages to reassure passengers by showing them what the Underground is like.

Brightest London celebrates nights out and sporting events, showing the brightest side of London.

Capital culture is about cultural encounters, be these at the zoo or galleries and museums.

Away from it all looks at the way London Underground used posters to encourage people to escape, to the country, the suburbs and enjoy other leisure pursuits.

Keeps London going features posters about how the Underground has kept London on the move through its reliability, speed and improvements in technology.

Love your city shows the best of London’s landmarks as featured in Underground posters over the years.

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The Siemens Poster Vote

Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite poster in the gallery and also online in The Siemens Poster Vote. The most popular poster will be revealed at the end of the exhibition.

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