Wednesday, 20 August 2008


Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means

I'm a lucky girl, if only l realised it more ...

I work part time in a Museum & Art Gallery, even better l get paid for the pleasure of looking after the Art, the installations, the artifacts , the costumes and of course our visitors.

Today l spent some time in the Art Gallery, which usually houses contemporary art and it changes E-xhibitions every 6-12 weeks.

We are currently E-xhibiting in this gallery, a retrospective of 'Abram Games'

... and it is fantastic, the images one sees and it all fit into place... I often am involved as part of the team that installs and takes down our new exhibitions, but I wasn't involved with the hang on this E-xhibition as my hand is still recovering from surgery, but it worth the disappointment of missing the excitement of the installation. To be able to walk around these marvellous and so clever images an to hear his story.

Many of the most iconic images of mid-20th century Britain were the work of Abram Games (1914-1996), who was the country’s Official War Poster Designer during World War II and who created the emblem for the 1951 Festival of Britain.

For many Britons in the 1950s, Games’ image of Britannia festooned with red, white and blue bunting was as – if not more – evocative of the Festival of Britain and its ‘can do’ spirit than any of the marvels of post-war British manufacturing in the festival pavilion itself.

By applying his personal philosophy of ‘maximum meaning, minimum means’ to posters, stamps and advertising campaigns, Games devised an extraordinary collection of distinctive and compelling graphic images.

Drawn from his family archive, this retrospective exhibition traces Abram Games’ career from winning the London County Council poster competition just a few years after leaving art school, to the enduring images he created for clients like Guinness, British European Airways, London Transport, Shell and the BBC.

BBC logo

The exhibition includes finished posters alongside original preparatory sketches, films and inventions – including the Cona coffee maker and a portable paper copier.

(I've had two of these and sold them on!! Arghhh...!!)
Abram Games: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means is a national touring exhibition, originally organised by the Design Museum and toured by the Estate of Abram Games, made possible by a grant from The Wellcome Trust.

Abram Games: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means

19 July – 14 September 2008

Admission Free

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  1. Great Choice for E!
    I wonder if the exhibition is coming to Bristol. I love that style. Sounds a great job too :)

  2. I'll find out the running order after us.. for you Suburbia!!


  3. What a cool coffee maker, I guess I am hooked on coffee makers. I tried to start a Monday Cafe blog, (Cafe' Monday) but it didn't go anywhere.
    I once had a blown glass chemex...the new ones aren't blown unless they're a fortune...

    Are you a coffee maker fan?

  4. Thank you for taking us on a tour of the Exhibition of Abram Games.
    I will be sure to check out the link you have given.

    Bear((( )))

  5. What an EXHILARATING post! Yes, you are very lucky to be part of the whole thing by working there. :D

  6. Didn't know about the Abram Games.

    And in reply to your question, my ABC post for `E' was ``My Name is Earl(y)''.

  7. Your blog is cute...will come back here to visit.

  8. Fantastic position to be in!I discovered lots of new information today.
    Thanks so much for being part of Wonderful Wednesdays.


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