The V&A have revealed that their new major autumn exhibition will comprise of the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, exploring one of the most disputed wonders in (recent) art and design history: Postmodernism. Showing how the movement evolved in the early 1970s, the exhibition will examine the way the Postmodernism rapidly went on to influence all aspects of popular culture including fine art, film, music, graphics and fashion.
Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 will bring together over 250 objects across all genres of art and design, revisiting a time when style was not just a 'look' but became and attitude. The exhibition will include the subversive 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); an enormous recreation of Jenny Holzer's illuminated billboard Protect Me From What I Want (1983-85); 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.
Sir Mark Jones, Director of the V&A, commented: "This exhibition will be the first to examine this dramatic perios in the history of art and design. It is good to be holding it now with so many of the key protagonists giving us their first hand experiences of the emergence and spread of postmodern style in design around the world."
Tickets are on sale here and cost £11 (concessions available). The exhibition runs from 24 September 2011 - 15 January 2012.