Underground Gallery: London Transport Posters, 1920s–1940s

Architecture and Design Galleries, Third Floor

After World War I, striking modern posters began to transform the stations of London’s underground railway system into public art galleries.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in United States.
From Wednesday 28 July 2010 to Monday 28 February 2011

Your Fare From This Station. 1936. image Winter Sales Are Best Reached by Underground. 1924 image The Flea at the Natural History Museum. 1926. image Quickly Away, Thanks To Pneumatic Doors. 1937 image In The Blackout, Wear or Carry Something White. 1943. image Power, The Nerve Centre of London's Underground. 1930 image London Transport at London's Service. 1949. image

Published by MOMA on Friday 28 January 2011.
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The posters, designed by significant artists like László Moholy-Nagy, Zero (Hans Schleger), and Abram Games, were the crucial face of a pioneering public transport campaign for coherence and efficiency that also included station architecture, train interiors, and Harry Beck’s iconic Underground map (1931–33). This installation presents over twenty posters that speak to the experience of modern London—from the promotion of culture and entertainment to the anxieties of daily life during WWII.

Organized by Juliet Kinchin, Curator, and Aidan O’Connor, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.