London Transport Museum celebrates 150 years of art

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It is 150 years since the first journey took place on the London Underground and a forthcoming show at the London Transport Museum is celebrating the posters that have been used to highlight the service.

The event opens on February 15th and visitors staying in central London hotels have until October 27th to visit the Covent Garden museum to see a host of artwork promoting the world’s oldest underground railway.

Poster Art 150 will feature 150 of the best designs and visitors will be invited to vote for their favourites, with the most popular poster to be revealed at the end of the exhibition. Posters on display will include work from surrealist photographer Man Ray, as well as lesser-known artists and there is also the chance to view rare letter-press posters from the late 19th century.

The museum will be hosting a number of events during the exhibition, including an evening of talk about the stories behind the posters.

On April 23rd, BBC London radio presenter Robert Elms will be joined by a panel of experts to discuss the importance of the posters featured in the exhibition.

The evening will include a screening of two short films, each followed by a discussion to explore the history and background of poster art and design on the London Underground and learn about the role of poster commissioners and commissioning.

Anyone attending the event will be able to save a 20 per cent on the purchase of an exhibition catalogue and 20 per cent off any Transport for London or London Transport Museum-commissioned posters.