The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard
artists' postcards from 1960 to now

7 February – 4 August 2019


Room 90


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Postcards reproduced with the permission of the artists (clockwise from top): South Atlantic Souvenirs, Andy Parker, Anwyl Cooper-Willis, Geoffrey Hendricks, Gilbert & George, Peter Kennard, Geoffrey Hendricks, Eric Metcalfe (AKA Dr. Brute) and Simon Cutts. Gifted to the British Museum by Jeremy Cooper.

Artists have subverted the common postcard for decades. While the artists’ postcard began as a child of the Conceptual and Fluxus movements of the 1960s, it quickly broadened as an artistic medium to highlight political and social issues, such as feminism, anti-war protest and the fight against AIDS.

In this, the first major museum display of artists’ postcards, discover both the politics and playfulness of this unique collection of 300 postcards recently gifted to the British Museum by the artists’ postcard expert Jeremy Cooper - ranging from feminist artists such as Lynda Benglis and Hannah Wilke, to Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s anti-Vietnam War is Over postcard and the original invitation to Andy Warhol’s Holy Cow! Silver Clouds!! Holy Cow! exhibition.