We suggest you to visit this enchanting exhibition at the Victoria And Albert Museum, London
24 September 2011 – 15 January 2012
Of all movements in art and design history, postmodernism is perhaps the most controversial. This era defies definition, but it is a perfect subject for an exhibition. Postmodernism was an unstable mix of the theatrical and theoretical.
It was visually thrilling, a multifaceted style that ranged from the colourful to the ruinous, the ludicrous to the luxurious.
What they all had in common was a drastic departure from modernism’s utopian visions, which had been based on clarity and simplicity. The modernists wanted to open a window onto a new world.
Postmodernism, by contrast, was more like a broken mirror, a reflecting surface made of many fragments. Its key principles were complexity and contradiction. It was meant to resist authority, yet over the course of two decades, from about 1970 to 1990, it became enmeshed in the very circuits of money and influence that it had initially sought to dismantle.
Postmodernism shattered established ideas about style. It brought a radical freedom to art and design, through gestures that were often funny, sometimes confrontational and occasionally absurd. Most of all, postmodernism brought a new self-awareness about style itself.
This is the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970’s and 1980’s examining one of the most controversial phenomena in recent art and design history. Postmodernism has evolved from a provocative architectural movement in the early 1970’s and rapidly went on to influence all areas of popular culture including design, art, music, film, performance and fashion. By the 1980’s consumerism and excess were the trademarks of the post-modern.
The exhibition explores the radical ideas that challenged Modernism; overthrowing purity and simplicity in favour of exuberant colour, bold patterns, artificial looking surfaces, historical quotation, parody and wit and above all, a newfound freedom in design. See over 250 objects across all areas of art and design, revisiting a time when style was not just a look but became an attitude.
The entry tickets is 12,5 Pounds
You can also win a trip to Milan, where Menphis movement was born with the help of Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini