Super Lamp by Martine Bedin © V&A Images
For the third year running, the V&A became the central hub of creativity at the 2011 London Design Festival. One of the many displays launched under the V&A’s roof for the occasion is the exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 - 1990, which runs until 15 January 2012. It is an in-depth survey of art, design and architecture from the time which examines the Postmodernism phenomena in all its complexity.
Grace Jones maternity dress 1979 © Jean-Paul Goude
Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 © V&A Images
On display at the exhibition are the designs of the Italian collectives Studio Alchymia and Memphis, graphics by Peter Saville and Neville Brody, architectural models and renderings including the original presentation drawing for Philip Johnson’s AT&T building (1978), paintings by Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons’ stainless steel bust of Louis XIV (1986), performance costumes including David Byrne's big suit from the documentary Stop Making Sense (1984), excerpts from films such as Derek Jarman’s The Last of England (1987), and music videos featuring Laurie Anderson, Grace Jones and New Order.
Supremely Black by Haim Steinbach, 1985 © V&A Images
Professor Martin Roth, Director of the V&A, said: "It feels right to hold this exhibition now, 40 years on from when the first ideas of what we now know as Postmodernism emerged. Many of our visitors will have personal recollections of the time and can reflect on the impact of Postmodernism on their lives as well as on the wider design culture and practice."
‘Consumer’s Rest’ chair by Frank Schreiner, 1990 © V&A Images
WGSN-homebuildlife subscribers can watch out for more coverage on this event on the website over the next few weeks, as we explore the lasting legacy of Postmodernism on design.