Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 @ V&A

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9月24日から始まったヴィクトリア&アルバート博物館の「Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990ポストモダニズム:スタイルと破壊)」(9月24日〜翌年1月15日)を観た。ポストモダニズムとは何か、それはどのように発生したかを探求するこの大規模展覧会では、「Less is more(より少ないことは、より豊かなこと)」をモットーに、機能第一で装飾や無駄を一切排したモダニズム建築への反発から始まり、建築のみならずアート、グラフィックス、音楽、ファッションの分野で70〜90年代のポップカルチャーを席巻したポストモダニズムの代表作品250点以上が、一堂に会している。


We went to see the V&A‘s new exhibition “Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990” (September 24 – January 15, 2012), exploring what postmodernism means and where it came from. Started as a counter reaction against “less is more” stoic modernism architecture, postmodernism idea soon spread to the realm of pop culture such as art, graphics, music and fashions. The exhibition showcases more than 250 objects in a variety of genres to show us what is postmodernism all about.

I lived through the postmodernism era, and the show made me feel a bit nostalgic and sentimental, but at the same time made me realize how terrible the style of the period was! May be the worst time was the mid 1980s, when was the hype of postmodernism. Exaggerated, gaudy, and eccentric. So much freedom and no-holds-barred, in a good way and a bad way, together with an economic boom. But when I look back, in compare to now in deep recession, it was a very good time – full of desires, enthusiasm and hopes.

Andy Warhol, Dollar Sign (1981)

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