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As part of the Hall’s Festival of Film, the Movie Poster Art Gallery and the Royal Albert Hall are delighted to present I Can See the Future.

“Tomorrow belongs to those that can hear it coming”
David Bowie, 1977

On the 40th anniversary of this quote, a special exhibition of original posters showcases visions of the future in science fiction cinema and the music of David Bowie, a unique performer who bridged the worlds of music, film and space like few others.

Film posters of the 1950s and 60s drew in audiences with sensational artwork of alien invasions, flying saucers and threatening monsters that paralleled the very real fears of the nuclear age and the Cold War, as well as bold missions to alien worlds. And while a film such as 2001: A Space Odyssey showed the future and its technology as sleek, clean and harmonious, 1974 saw the almost parallel release of John Carpenter’s Dark Star and David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs, which painted the future both on earth and in space in distinctly dystopian colours – themes taken further by Ridley Scott’s most influential films Alien and Blade Runner.

The exhibition displays, through entirely original artefacts, the artistic achievements of directors, designers, musicians and composers who bring the future to our eyes and ears. It will be on display in the Royal Albert Hall’s Amphi Corridor, and can be viewed when attending a performance at the Hall between Monday 18 September and Wednesday 1 November, or on the following free open days:

Saturday 23 September: 10am-4pm
Saturday 30 September: 10am-12pm
Saturday 7 October: 10am-4pm
Saturday 21 October: 10am-12pm
Sunday 22 October: 10am-12pm
Saturday 28 October: 10am-1pm
Sunday 29 October: 10am-12pm