The wonderful Exhibition of Postmodernism is currently showing at Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The exhibition is running until 15th January.
The Postmoderism show takes you on a controversial trip through twenty years of film, art , architecture, design, photography and fashion from 1970-1990.
Feast in the crazy delights of twenty years of inspiring style and downright exhibitionism. From Leigh Bowery, Boy George, Grace Jones, ID magazine’s iconic photographer of the 80’s and 90’s Nick Knight, work by Andy Warhol, Richard Longo and the like.
The V&A website describes the exhibition as :
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.
Exhibition – Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 – Victoria and Albert Museum.