This exhibition looks at representations of Britain in MoDA’s book collection. This year, with the Jubilee and the Olympics, its time to explore how Britain has been seen in the past and how book covers have portrayed ideas of Britishness.
Book covers are designed to represent and interpret the themes and ideas within a book. To create this visual parallel, artists and designers have to select typefaces, page layouts, colour schemes and materials to make an appropriate cover. All of these aspects can have an effect on the success of a cover and how it is interpreted by readers, and therefore need careful consideration.
From Britain at war to Britain at peace, and from transport systems to the seaside, there are a host of iconic images associated with the UK. These book covers work with these icons but also attempt to balance heritage and tradition against progress and modernity to create innovative visions of Britain in their time.