There isn’t really a sexy way to kick off a rave review of The Museum for Brands, Packaging and Advertising, but, then there was Punk.
Punk is getting all sorts of attention this year - the radical ‘phase’ is celebrating 40 years since its inception and still continues to evolve to this very day.
Considering the reactions and wildly defamatory opinions that cloaked punk when it first erupted, the anniversary celebrations are cropping up in some decidedly wholesome places. From the British Museum and National Lottery Grants, to the streets of Camden Town, the establishment is cosying up to punk in an odd corner and the lines are getting decidedly blurry.
In the midst of culturally approved chaos, Stuart Hobley, the head of the Heritage Lottery Fund commented, “Punk is as iconic to Britain as Stonehenge and Tower Bridge.” If punk royalty were able, they would be turning around and digging their own graves.
On 4th October, The Museum of Brands will unleash the ultimate fuck you to ‘the man’. Graphics of Punk is a bold, loud and unapologetic reminder of ‘year zero’, inciting a little chaos on the corporate face of industry and vows to give a dose of oomph and rebellion to a usually placid establishment. Visitors will be able to see a range of record sleeves featuring The Clash, Buzzcocks and The Damned, alternative magazines and posters including the famous Sex Pistols’ God Save The Queen poster designed by Jamie Reed.
The instigators and ringleaders of the punk movement were symbols of iconic rebellion, they shone a spotlight on mischief, inspired expression and disorder, and, became a sanctuary for the fierce, awkward and cultural misfits.
The Graphics of Punk exhibition is placed in relation to the Museum’s permanent display. The impact and outrage of the punk era can be explored by seeing it in context of the Museum’s historical narrative of graphics.