Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 - 1990

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Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 - 1990 – Featuring Hans Hollein

  • 24 Sep 2011 — 15 Jan 2012

The V&A’s Postmodernism exhibition is the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, examining one of the most contentious phenomena in recent art and design history: Postmodernism. It shows how postmodernism evolved from a provocative architectural movement in the early 1970s and rapidly went on to influence all areas of popular culture including art, film, music, graphics and fashion.

The exhibition explores the radical ideas that challenged the orthodoxies of 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. Many modernists considered style to be a mere sideshow to their utopian visions; but for the postmodernists, style was everything.

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 – 1990 brings together over 250 objects across all genres of art and design, revisiting a time when style was not just a ‘look’ but became an attitude. The centrepiece of the gallery is a full-scale reconstruction of an architectural façade by Austrian architect and designer Hans Hollein from the 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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