August 1, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The graphic representation of architecture is centuries old, but only in the 20th century has the device of the printed poster become a crucial tool in disseminating the image and idea of architecture to a wider audience.
For the first time in Canada, a major collection of architectural posters is to be unveiled in September when the Eric Arthur Gallery hosts an exhibition of unique and rare examples from the collection of Robert G. Hill, an architect and architectural historian.
Assembled over a 40 year period from 1960 to 2000, this important collection has been inaccessible until now. Highlights from the collection are drawn from nearly 1,600 posters assembled from museums and institutions in 20 different countries in Europe, Asia, and North America, and are arranged thematically on subjects as diverse as the conceptual representation of architectural ideas to the use of models, drawings, and typography in posters which promote both the architect and the architect’s work.
Graphic Virtuosity: Architectural Posters from the Robert G. Hill Collection is curated by Larry Wayne Richards and Robert G. Hill, and will run from September 10 to December 8, 2007. A catalogue for the exhibition will be available.