Talking about London’s Greatest Underground Designs

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Poster Art 150: London Underground’s Greatest Designs, is going to be an impressive and zesty exhibition at the London Transport Museum at 39 Wellington Street at Covent Garden Piazza at Covent Garden in London this year. This is to mark 150 years of London Underground, the world’s first underground tube network and the world’s oldest subway. Enthusiasts would be able to catch a glimpse of a selection of 150 famous posters from the museum’s archive that have at various points of time adorned the tunnel walls of London Underground. An independent panel of experts was appointed to make this selection from over 3,300 underground posters that includes some celebrated creations like Man Ray’s ‘Keeps London Going’ pair abreast of lesser-known works. Other famous artists whose works would be on display include Paul Nash and Edward McKnight Kauffer. Enthusiasts will be able to see posters from every decade over the last 100 years. The event is being supported by Siemens.

The London Transport Museum has been a patron of poster designs and art. Its legacy of upholding the 200 year history of public transport that it has preserved through various themes of its art collection chronologically arranged, is a destination for art lovers with its worldwide reputation for spectacular poster designs. The exhibition started on 15th February 2013 and tentatively would end on 1st October 2013. Tickets are being sold at £13.50 (Adults), £10 (Concessions) while it is free for the under 16s. The exhibition is open from Saturday to Thursday 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm), Friday 11am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm).The exhibition will be held every Thursday till August 29th 2013.

So hurry up and book your tickets lest you miss a chance to see the old gems like the Molsey Regetta by an unknown artist from 1928, the Olympia Motor Show by Andre Edouard Marty (1933), the Zoo (1935) by Tom Eckersley and Eric Lombers to name a few. The vivid and brilliant collection is a prized possession of the London Underground who since 1908 has commissioned many a brilliant poster designs. Visitors would be allowed to vote for their favourite poster in the gallery and online on Siemens Poster Vote and the best poster would be revealed at the end of the exhibition. Another unique opportunity would be to view the rare letter-press posters from the late 19th century. Tourists should not miss this exotic event which is like a life time opportunity to witness antique gems in the English capital.