Inspiration sessions: Innovation in the Modern Age

It seems like we just can’t get enough of the V & A! After visiting for the Hidden Heroes exhibition a few months ago we went back again last week to see the British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age exhibition, celebrating the best of British post-war art and design from the 1948 ‘Austerity Games’ to the present day.

We walked through 3 different galleries each exploring the themes of tradition and modernity; the subversive impulse in British culture; and Britain’s leadership in design innovation and creativity through various objects, ideas, images and buildings.

In the first we saw how from the Second World War onwards people strived for modernity. The Festival of Britain in 1951 showcased progressive views of the future in terms of landscape and design as well as the construction of modern transport networks. However our affinity with tradition never really went away, the massive popularity of the Queen’s coronation in 1953 being case in point.

The subversive culture of Britain from the swinging 60s, Punk 70s and Cool Britannia 90s was shown in the second gallery which held exhibits from the punk revolution such as Anarchy in the UK T-shirts and early artwork from the likes of David Hockney and Damien Hirst.

The third  and last gallery was all about innovation and the most pioneering designs that have come out of Britain, from the Dyson vacuum to Concorde to video game sector, showing us not only how far British Design has come in the last 60 years but how it has stood at the forefront of change around the world.

Next we’ll be at Institute of Contemporary Arts were we’ll be looking at their Remote Control exhibition, which is on till June 10th!

posted by Jing


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