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19 October 2017 - 15 April 2018
Designs on Britain explores the major contribution of Jewish émigré designers to 20th century British design and demonstrates how much of the most iconic British design of the period was produced to immigrants to this country. Showcasing the work of approximately 20 designers it encompasses graphic design, product design and corporate identity.
The exhibition demonstrates that 20th century design in this country was profoundly shaped by the arrival of these pioneering designers from continental Europe who brought with them a knowledge of European modernism. Many of them radically transformed the practice and language of British design.
Designs on Britain features designers including Dorrit Dekk, FHK Henrion and Hans Schleger and highlight objects include:
The exhibition is organised thematically across a number of sections, including travel, war-time, publishing, corporate identity, toys, vehicles and the 1951 Festival of Britain.
It features iconic designes for British organisations inluding London Transport, British Rail, the General Post Office and John Lewis as well as Penguin Books, Tate & Lyle and Schweppes.
A full public programme will accompany the exhibition and a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue featuring newly commisioned articles will also be available.
Abigail Morris, Director of the Jewish Museum, said:
"This exhibition celebrates the vital role that generations of immigrants have played in creating the diverse culture and creative economy that we enjoy today. It's fascinating that these fabulous designs, which we think of as intrinsically British, were created by immigrants to the UK. I look forward to welcoming our visitors to see this wonderful exhibtion."
The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the University of Brighton Design Archives.
For further information or images please contact:
+44 (0) 207 343 8180
Address: Jewish Museum London
Raymond Burton House
129-131 Albert Street
London NW1 7NB
Tube: Camden Town
Opening Times: Daily 10am - 5pm (Friday: 10am - 2pm)
Museum Admission (includes entry to exhibition and all permenant displays)
Adults - £8.50*
Concessions - £6.50*
Children (5-16) - £3.50
Under 5s - Free
Family ticket (two adults and up to four children) - £18
*Includes £1 voluntary donation
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Jewish Museum London
Our mission at the Jewish Museum London is to surprise, delight and engage all people, irrespective of background and faith, in the history, identity and culture of Jews in Britain. Our exhibitions, events and learning programmes encourage a sense of discovery and aim to provoke questions, challenge predjudice and encourage understanding.
About the University of Brighton Design Archives
The University of Brighton Design Archives is an internationally significant research base that initiates and promotes collaborative activity through a programme of projects, founded on a scholarly resource focusing on British design and global design organisations in the twentieth century.