26 May 2012 – 26 Jun 2012

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Gallery Open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Most Sundays (Please call 01926 888086 to confirm)

Cost of entry

Admission Free

Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

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A Collection of Rare Art Posters


Ephemera derives from the Greek word for items designed to be disposed of after a single use. Examples of printed ephemera include postcards, tickets and posters; items which have documented the most important events in history and are collected by museums and institutions the world over. One of the most famous collections of ephemera resides at the Bodleian Library, Oxford where the John Johnson Collection features more than 65,000 artefacts. However, with the rapid rise of the internet, traditional printed ephemera is being replaced by digital ephemera in the form of emails, YouTube videos and online advertising while billboards are being replaced by digital screens. On the one hand these new mediums reach a larger, more targeted audience, but a digital image on screen cannot be kept as a souvenier or reminder of an event. The White Room Gallery's exhibition is a tribute to this printed art form and features promotional posters by notable artists past and present, including Damien Hirst, Lucio Fontana, Robert Raushenberg, Lucian Freud, Tom Lewis, Julian Opie, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein and many more.

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