Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Private Spy

Marking the 50th anniversary of Private Eye is a brilliant little exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.

 Some of Private Eye's best covers

Featuring fifty of the title’s best covers, the exhibition includes works by Willie Rushton, Ralph Steadman, Nick Newman, Barry Fantoni and Gerald Scarfe as well as memorabilia from the magazine’s Soho offices.

The Bouncing Czech floats

Most interesting to me, of course, was the documentation concerning the libel case between the magazine and Robert Maxwell. The life size floating Cap’n Bob equally was especially amusing.

 "The Route Monster" masacres all that gets in her way

Other notable images feature the royal family, “The Route Monster” bus and  Rupert Murdoch. The resulting overall feel conveys the combination of humour and investigative journalism excellently.

Private Eye at the V&A is on display until 8th January 2012 and is well worth a visit.

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Anonymous said...

Is there much on Toady Tony and Dithering Dave?

David Cohen said...

Just visited this exhibition. It is truly excellent.

Andrew B said...

I thought the desk arrangement was a little odd.