Museum of Somerset ‘Landscapes of the Mind:The Art of Tristram Hillier’
We are pleased to loan two posters and two paintings to the first retrospective exhibition of Hillier’s work in more than 30 years. This is being held at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton from Saturday 9 November 2019 to Saturday 18 April 2020.
Tristram Hillier RA (1905–1983) was one of the most accomplished and distinctive 20th-century British artists. Many of his paintings evoke an air of other-worldliness. Incongruous objects and the use of unreal perspectives add a surreal quality. He was also part of the Avant Garde modernist group, Unit One, led by Paul Nash. Outstanding paintings by Nash, Edward Wadsworth and Ben Nicholson, lent by Tate Britain, also feature in the exhibition.
University of Copenhagen learning from Poster Exhibition
Continuing through 2019 the exhibition Spot On! British posters of the interwar years was reinstalled at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS). Originally curated in March 2017 the exhibition displays many original Shell posters, and is still very popular with staff and students.
The exhibition was included in a BA course on cultural mediation, prompting new co-curated activities, a student-made catalogue plus a caption-writing project. The curatorial process included installing a newly added section on Danish posters from the interwar years. Short videos/spots of the exhibition were also filmed and edited by students as part of the course curriculum.
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
Items from the collection can be seen in our permanent exhibition in the National Motor Museum where we explore the stories behind this innovative brand history. Original paintings and posters are on display with short films, interactives and a scale model of a Shell delivery lorry. These lorries, which displayed the posters known as ‘lorry bills’ on their sides, delivered the ‘spirit’ or petrol cans around Britain from the 1920s to the mid 1950s.
Museum of Brands, London
As a founding sponsor at the Museum of Brands Shell now have a permanent exhibition exploring their brand history. This incorporates fascinating artifacts from the Shell Heritage Art collection – from vintage oil cans to road maps to short films – taking you on a rich journey through the company and brand history. The exhibition even has an interactive game where you can create your own brand!
For opening times please view the Museum of Brands website.
A selection of 1920s Shell Lorry Bills at Upton House
25th Mar 2017 – 30th December 2019
Over 30 original Shell lorry bills and paintings from our collection have been loaned to the National Trust in a new exhibition to celebrate former Shell Chairman Lord Bearsted’s ownership of Upton House. Walter Samuel inherited the title of Lord Bearsted and a love of art from his father Marcus Samuel, a co-founder of Shell. Walter exploited his chairmanship of Shell to foster young and contemporary artists who helped create our posters which spearheaded Shell’s distinctive marketing campaigns in the 1930s.
‘A range of photographic exhibitions and Shell advertising posters from the 1920s will change throughout the year, shedding new light on what life was like for a home buyer in the late 1920s. You can be inspired by displays of fabrics, wallpapers and examples of exquisite taste. Understand about fashion trends and what it takes to create the perfect made to measure home.’