May 68: Street Posters from the Paris Rebellion


To mark the 40th anniversary of the 1968 student protests that led to the eventual collapse of the De Gaulle government in France, London's Hayward Project Space is exhibiting "May 68: Street Posters from the Paris Rebellion," a collection of the protest's most iconic posters. Some of the most vibrant imagery ever linked to a political or social movement, the posters were produced entirely anonymously and distributed to the masses for free. The exhibition features 46 posters that range from the hopeful to incendiary. The above left example depicts the CDR (the Republican Defense Company) forcing their press, radio and television into the mind of a forcibly silenced Frenchman.


In conjunction with the exhibition, Keep Calm Gallery is offering a limited-edition book that contains hand screen-printed reproductions of 40 of the original posters. They will offer an extremely limited number (less than 10 each) of printer's proofs exclusively in their East Dulwich gallery. More info on how to attain one of these rare prints at Keep Calm.

"Street Posters from the Paris Rebellion"
1 May – 1 June 2008
The Hayward Project Space
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
London, England
tel. +44 87038 00400