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Hans Hillmann: Film Posters Exhibition

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Films are a major source of our entertainment; thousands visit the cinema each week to see the latest blockbuster, consider thought provoking art films, and reminisce over cult classics.

But no matter how many films come out, cinemas would be empty if people did not know about the. With all the television adverts, movie trailers, and social media, today, it is impossible not to hear about what's on. In the fifties, however, not many people had television, and there certainly wasn't any social media. So how did people find out what was coming to the big screen?

They turned to the good old traditional movie poster. Pasted on billboards and shop windows, these visual showstoppers made just as excited to see a film as any action packed TV ad.

These posters didn't just magically appear though. Someone had to make them. At the moment, Kemistry Gallery in Shoreditch is currently highlighting one poster artist in particular. Hans Hillman is unlikely to be someone most Londoners have heard of, even though he is considered one of the most important modern graphic artists. That is because Hillmann is a German artist, and while he has collaborated with international directors such as ean-Luc Godard, Ingmar Bergman, Jean Cocteau, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, and Luis Buñue, his work has never before been seen in the UK.

The exhibition is in memory of Hans Hillmann, who died this year in May. Featuring his entire collection of a hundred-thirty film poster designs from 1953 to 1974. Kemistry Gallery will give a full overview of how his style evolved, starting with illustrations, and moving on to photography.

In addition to the exhibition, which runs until the 27th September, Kemistry Gallery is in partnership with the Goeth Institute and Ciné Lumière, where they will be showing screenings of some of the films, Hillmann promoted. Tickets are £3 and £8 respectively.
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Why? Fun for film lovers
When: Until 27th Sept
Phone: 44 (0)20 7729 3636
Where: Kemistry Gallery, Goeth Institute, Cine Lumiere
Cost: Free exhibition, £3-£8 screenings
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