What's On Tuesday 18 October 2011

 Exhibitions

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    EXHIBITION: This is the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, examining one of the most controversial phenomena in recent art and design history: postmodernism. It shows how postmodernism evolved from a provocative architectural movement in the early 1970s and rapidly went on to influence all areas of popular culture including design, art, music, film, performance and fashion. By the 1980s consumerism and excess were the trademarks of the postmodern. The exhibition explores the radical ideas that challenged Modernism; overthrowing purity and simplicity in favour of exuberant colour, bold patterns, artificial looking surfaces, historical quotation, parody and wit and above all, a newfound freedom in design. See over 250 objects across all areas of art and design and revisit a time when style was not just a ‘look’ but became an attitude. Supported by the Friends of the V&A With further support from Barclays Wealth

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    Free entry

    EXHIBITION: Power of Making celebrates the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. The exhibition is a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world, presenting a range of skills with imaginative and spectacular results.

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 Special Events

 Displays

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    DISPLAY: Explore the work of Bedford Lemere & Co, the leading architectural photography company of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In business from the 1870s until the 1940s, Bedford Lemere and his son Harry Bedford Lemere pioneered professional architectural photography and set the standard for others to follow.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The V&A Illustration Awards celebrates the best illustration published over the last year. Original artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, magazine and student illustrator of the year will be on display, together with a selection of all competition entries.

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    DISPLAY: See highlight pieces from the V&A's outstanding Prints and Drawings collections, chosen by curators and showcased each month. Accessible during Prints and Drawings Study Room opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-17.00 (closed Saturday 28 May).

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 Courses

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    COURSE: Study dynamic innovations and discoveries in the visual arts between 1250 and 1500, one of the richest and most fascinating periods in the history of western European art. Tuesdays, 13 September 2011– 10 July 2012 (over 3 terms)

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    COURSE: This new course introduces the arts of Korea and Japan from 1500–1900. Tuesdays, 13 September – 29 November 2011, 11.00–15.30.

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 Evening events

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    EVENING EVENT: Join trend forecaster and fashion writer Lucy Norris to look at the wider context of Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 exploring its trend forecasting influence on the world of design, fashion and creativity. By decoding the philosophical underpinnings of this movement and subsequent aesthetic we go beyond the doors of the V&A and into the world of fashion design, styling, art direction, design and marketing.

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    TALK: Hear the acclaimed architect discuss iconic examples of postmodern architecture, including his design for the 1981 TV-AM building.

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 Free talks & tours