Images of the Exotic: Posters of India from the Golden Age of Travel

This fall, Kapoor Galleries is thrilled to present Images of the Exotic: Posters of India from the Golden Age of Travel, coinciding with the September edition of Asia Week New York. The exhibition will showcase an array of 20th century posters created to entice potential travelers with the mysteries of the Subcontinent, typically issued and distributed by commercial aviation companies to market their international destinations to the elite. Travel posters became popular with the expansion of travel through cruise ships, railways, and airlines. These posters served as advertisements that promised adventure and exoticism to anyone who could obtain a ticket. While typically only the well off could embark on such ventures, the imagery of travel posters enticed and mesmerized all who viewed them with the possibilities of exploring a new world. In today’s age where most travelers are familiar with heavy security and economy seating, past illustrations of luxurious, exclusive adventure mesmerize in a nostalgic manner, coercing viewers to imagine a world without the internet, when the only way to foster understanding of other cultures was to visit them yourself.

Otto Nielsen (Danish, 1916-2000), India by SAS, issued by Scandinavian Airlines System, printed in Denmark by Andreason & Sonner, 1955, 39 x 24 3/4 in. (99.1 x 62.9 cm.)

Visit India, Taj Mahal, issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India, Bangalore/Madras, c. 1950’s, 39 x 25 in. (99.1 x 63.5 cm.)

David Klein (American, 1918-2005), India, Fly TWA, c. 1960’s, 40 1/2 x 25 in. (102.9 x 63.5 cm.)

Donald Brun (Swiss, 1909-1990), Swissair to India, issued by Swissair, printed in Switzerland by Basler Druck Und Verlagsanstalt, Basel, 1958, 40 x 25 in. (101.6 x 63.5 cm.)

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