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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)