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Abram Games, maximum meaning, minimum means

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  • N Visual Arts (General) For Photography
  • See Tr
  • Nc Drawing Design Illustration
  • Ne Print Media
  • Design
  • Engineering


Abram Games (1914-1996) produced many of the most memorable and graphic images in wartime and post war Britain. As well as hundreds of posters Games also produced stamps, book jackets and emblems including those for the Festival of Britain and BBC Television. But who, especially if born between the Wars, would not recognise the 1950s Cona Rex coffee machine with its elegant simplicity of two glass spheres and handle? Few would have thought that this coffee percolator, redesigned for one-handed use, was constructed and engineered by a graphic designer celebrated internationally for his posters. This exhibition is not just about the finished posters but about the way Games worked and about the background to his various campaigns for which he made posters. It contains a wealth of sketches, preparatory material and finished artwork, as well as examples of his published designs and inventions including the Cona coffee maker and a portable paper copier. Abram Games: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means was originally organised by the Design Museum, London and the Estate of Abram Games. This exhibition has been made possible by a grant from The Wellcome Trust. The Exhibition Tour has been organised by the Estate of Abram Games.

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