Kemistry Gallery back with 100 Years of Graphic Design show

20th century graphic design legends to be shown alongside the stars of today in Kemistry Gallery’s pop-up return to form


For ten years London’s Kemistry Gallery has been a leading exhibition space for cutting-edge graphic design, supporting and showcasing the brightest emerging talents (including Parra, UVA, Ben Eine and Yoni Alter) and classic masters (from Saul Bass and Ken Garland to Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast) alike.

On Saturday 7th March Kemistry launches Kemistry Gallery: 100 Years of Graphic Design, a pop-up exhibition that will feature outstanding work from some of the finest young designers and classic masters who have shown at the gallery since its inaugural exhibition in September 2004.

With a body of work that stretches from 1914 to 2015, the exhibition amounts to a retrospective of some of the most iconic and exciting pieces of graphic design from the 20th and 21st century. It's also the first major pop-up show planned since the gallery had to announce it was closing its doors, due to redevelopment of its former Shoreditch premises.

The exhibition has been supported by contributors to the #SaveKemistryGallery Kickstarter campaign - 587 members of the public pledged over £16,293- and a £15,000 grant from Arts Council England.

Confirmed artists include Alan Fletcher, Fredun Shapur, Hans Hillman, Ken Garland, Lou Dorfsman, Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser, Saul Bass, Eine, Max Gill, Anthony Burrill, Jean Jullien, Geoff McFetridge, Parra, Rob Lowe, Stefan Glerum, Zero Per Zero, Experimental Jetset, Geneviève Gauckler, plus works from Kemistry’s acclaimed exhibitions of private collections of classic posters, such as Polish cinema posters of the 1960s and posters of the radical Latin American political group OSPAAL.

We've been granted permission to show some of the fabulous artwork here on Digital Arts.

Kemistry Gallery: 100 Years of Graphic Design takes place from 7 – 15 March at Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EY

Milton Glaser, Dylan, 1966

The pop-up will serve as a pilot for the next stage of Kemistry Gallery’s existence as the UK’s first National Centre for Graphic Design.

Graham McCallum, co-founder of Kemistry Gallery, said, “It was something of a shock to find we were being turfed out of our premises, but out of this crisis we now have a one-off chance to build on Kemistry Gallery’s huge successes over the past decade, and give it a sustainable future as the UK’s leading centre for discovering the very best of international graphic design."

“Our aim for this exhibition isn’t just to put on the very best historical and contemporary survey of graphic design that we possibly can. We also want to give everyone a taste of the Kemistry Gallery that is to come by piloting a bigger, better and bolder space for showing and discovering the fine art of graphic design.”

Kemistry Gallery has also assembled a board of advisors, made up of design industry leading lights, who will work with the current team to develop the vision of the gallery and consult on its relocation and transformation into a public gallery.

The pop-up version of Kemistry will feature a café, a bar and a series of talks by leading design figures, showcasing some of the new features that the gallery hope to include in the National Centre for Graphic Design when it opens.


Seymour Chwast, End Bad Breath, 1967

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Max Gill, Wonderground, 1914


Jean Jullien, Phone, 2014


OSPAAAL, Day of Solidarity, 1968

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Anthony Burrill, Nothing comes from nowhere, 2015


David Pearson,  George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, 2013


Sanderson Bob, 2014

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Eine, Extortion, 2014


unattributed, Where is the General, 1960s