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War Poster Exhibition Set to Open

Photo: The join the Royal Armoured Corps poster circa 1941. (Via NAM)

 

The Join the Royal Armoured Corps poster from 1941. (Via NAM)

A major new exhibition of wartime posters by Abram Games is opening at the National Army Museum in London on 6 April. Called The Art of Persuasion, the display features more than 100 posters he created during his employment as the official war poster artist for the Public Relations Department at the War Office from 1941 until 1945. The exhibition explores how his Jewish refugee heritage, experiences as a soldier and the turbulent politics of wartime Britain shaped the career of a man who continues to influence design industry professionals today.

Abram’s daughter, Naomi Games, said on behalf of the family: “We are delighted that our father’s war work will be exhibited at the National Army Museum. He was proud to be a Londoner and a member of the British Army. It is fitting that the work of the only ever war poster artist is exhibited at the museum.”

The exhibition will include posters from the museum’s collection alongside loans from the estate of Abram Games. His painting smock and palette, airbrush and school report will be displayed alongside the sealed pattern of his cap badge design for the Royal Armoured Corps and his iconic posters Join the ATS, Your Talk May Kill Your Comrades and Your Britain Fight For It Now, among others. It will also incorporate interviews discussing Games’ legacy with: renowned graphic artist, Alan Kitching; executive creative producer of the current British Army recruitment campaign, Adam Kean; and author and lecturer at Central Saint Martins, Monika Parrinder. www.nam.ac.uk

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