“In the Know”

By danielle

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Now that the new year is upon us, we’ve decided to give our blog some new features. Just like we do in eSPY, we’ll be selecting some of our favorite not-to-miss events (from trade shows, exhibits, seminars, etc) and sharing them with our loyal readers. For now, we are calling it “In the Know” – but we always love feedback from our friends. For our first selection, we’re taking it to London, England for the final days of “Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1975.” We thought this exhibit was especially fitting, given our current global situation. If you cannot make it to the exhibition, at least visit the V&A site – which offers a timeline of developments in design, art/film, architecture and politics from 1945-1975.

Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1975
In addition to its role in propaganda posters and film, it’s sometimes hard to imagine design as a political force in other realms such as architecture and furniture. The period from the end of WW II to the mid-70s was a time of immense political tension across the globe, which was not only represented by exceptional creativity of that era but also challenged by it. Running a retrospective exhibition about this historical time period through January 11th, the V&A Museum in London is the first to explore the international developments in the fields of art, design, architecture, and film in the context of the Cold War. You’ll recognize familiar names such as Charles Eames who broke new ground in product design by incorporating industrial materials used during the war or Le Corbusier whose architectural drawing of a mountainside cathedral closely and tellingly resembled a bunker. There were also lesser-known artists who built public monuments to capture the anguish and loss of its people. This exhibition tells a clear story that analyzing the art and design of an age is an important piece of fully understanding it.

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