28 February 2011
V&A BRINGS BACK THE 80'S...
From September 24TH - January 8TH The style of Grace Jones, Talking Heads and New Order will feature in the autumn blockbuster at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Curators claim it will be the first exhibition to look at how postmodernist ideas spread from architecture to all areas of popular culture - from film to graphics, music and fashion - during the Seventies and Eighties.
It will look at the architecture of key figures such as Charles Moore and James Stirling, the designs of Ron Arad and Vivienne Westood, and films and music videos by names such as Derek Jarman and Laurie Anderson.
The exhibition will also seek to re-claim postmodernism from its misuse as a synonym for irony or even an expression of abuse.
Curator Glenn Adamson said the movement had its roots in the sense that the utopian ideals of modernism, as exemplified by post-war social housing schemes, had failed. Purity and simplicity in design were overthrown in favour of bold patterns, exuberant colour, parody, wit, but also a strong sense of classical history.
However, by the end of the Eighties the concept of postmodernism was seen as meaningless because of over-exposure. Mr Adamson said: "People started to think it just meant irony or winking self-satire but that is a disservice. Postmodernism is really about an exquisite awareness of what it is you're doing as a designer or artist."