The House of Illustration has announced details of its 2018 exhibition programme. 

Label for tinned flatfish, collection of Nicholas Bonner, image courtesy of Phaidon
Study for Chevron, pencil and gouache on paper, 1937 © Estate of Enid Marx

The venue’s 2018 programme will begin with Made in Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK   which will be displayed from the 23rd February until the 13th May. This will be the UK’s first exhibition of graphic design from North Korea, showcasing objects such as posters, sweet wrappers and stamps collected by Nicholas Bonner.

This will then be followed by Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art (25th May until the 23rd September) which will be the first exhibition in 40 years to celebrating the work of Enid Marx. Featuring over 150 works, the exhibition will show her progression from hand-printed textiles to industrially-produced weaves.

From the 5th October, the House of Illustration will present 100 Figures: The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake which will highlight Quentin Blake’s prolific but unknown work as a figurative artist.

Other exhibitions that will be on display throughout 2018 will also include: Christy Burdock: Illustrator in ResidenceJohn Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and JoyceJourneys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis and Quentin Blake: Arrows of Love.

Talking about the announcement Colin Mckenzie, director of House of Illustration, said: “I am delighted to announce our 2018 exhibitions, which celebrate the innovation and diversity of illustration from Enid Marx’s beautiful, influential mid-century designs to the figurative art of Quentin Blake. We will be highlighting illustration’s capacity to communicate complex situations; graphic design gives a rare insight into everyday life in North Korea, while 13 contemporary illustrators will tell stories from the refugee crisis. We will also be showing work by our Illustrator in Residence, supporting emerging talent through the annual Book Illustration Competition, and continuing our pioneering education work with schools, families and adults.”

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