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Client: The National Gallery


October 2017


Graphic Design: studio HB

Exhibition Design: Drinkall Dean

'Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art’ is a long-overdue homage to France’s leading exponent of Romanticism – a true original who, at the time of his death in 1863, was the most revered artist among the avant-garde in Paris.  


The National Gallery approached studio HB to work alongside Drinkall Dean to design the exhibition, visual identity, gallery guide and map, external signage and hoarding graphics for the display.  

Colour was the key to this exhibition and the graphics paid homage to the thoughtfully chosen room palettes and finishes by Drinkall Dean. To make an obvious nod at Delacroix’s powerful use of colour we used a matt flat colour plan card for all his labels, blind debossing the same 'D' from the exhibition title. The rest of the labels were printed black with a red edge. This worked alongside the ‘Lion Hunt’ image for signage and marketing which carried through the title and colour palette. 

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