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Exhibiting Ourselves

Exhibiting Ourselves

By (author) Ruth Artmonsky


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  • An account of the decline of the exhibition as a means of persuasion, from post WWI to post WWII
  • Covers modest as well as grand exhibitions
  • Recognises forgotten exhibition designers
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Britain has been ‘exhibiting’ itself in fairs and such like since Medieval times. The zenith of the ‘exhibition’ was in the Victorian and Edwardian Years when grandiose pavilions were sited over hundreds of acres of ground. Exhibiting Ourselves covers the period from post WWI to just after WWII and includes not only celebratory shows, such as the British Empire Exhibition and the Festival of Britain, but more humble, earthier ones such as the British Industries Fairs and the Daily Mail Home’s Exhibitions. It also covers exhibitions with other purposes than merely trade, such as the propaganda exhibitions of the Ministry of Information during WWII, and ‘design’ exhibitions, setting out to improve ‘good taste’ of both manufacturers and consumers. It celebrates now forgotten exhibition designers, the showmen of their day, and charters the decline of the exhibition phenomenon as a media for change. Contents: Exhibition venues; Celebratory exhibitions; Trade exhibitions; Propaganda exhibitions; Design exhibitions; Exhibiting ourselves abroad; Exhibition murals; Exhibition design era.

About the Author

Ruth Artmonsky trained as a psychologist. On her retirement from her associate directorship of a leading psychometric consultancy she ran a small art gallery. She has written and published a number of books on British mid-20th century art.

Artmonsky Arts
27th Jun 2014
Paperback / softback
World excluding US & Canada
210 mm x 170 mm
155 Pages
27 color, 107 b&w
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