The term ‘psychedelic’ was first used by the psychiatrist Humphrey Osmond to describe the way in which hallucinogenic drugs affected awareness, modifying visual and aural sensations. The experience was a ‘voyage’ into the world of the imagination, like Alice’s in Wonderland. Psychedelic posters appearing on the streets of San Francisco helped establish this counter culture, like a pacific but direct attack on the conformity of society. do ssier de présentation Graphic designers drew upon a repertoire of shifting forms and vibrant colours in creating these posters.
This exhibition displays 150 of these psychedelic posters created in San Francisco from 1966-1969 – each of them the result of graphic, artistic and sensory experimentation. They embody the aspirations of a generation who claimed both rock music and individual freedom.
For any further informations, please contact Stéphane Perl:
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 55 58 62
E-mail : Stephane.Perl@lesartsdecoratifs.fr
Amélie GASTAUT, Advertising Department, Les Arts Décoratifs.