British Design From 1948 – 2012

Victoria and Albert Museum London

For England, the year 2012 is turning out to be a year of self praise. With the conclusion of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration and the London Olympics fast approaching; galleries and museums all over are displaying the ‘best of British’ through exhibitions. These events showcase the achievements of the British design to the world. The Victoria & Albert Museum hopes to display British culture and trace its evolution right from the austerity games in 1948 to the Olympics of 2012. The exhibition is open to public until 31st of August 2012.


The challenge – what to include

One of the most challenging aspects of hosting exhibitions of this magnitude is probably the exhibits themselves. Selecting events from the last 6 decades cannot be an easy task and a lot of thought goes into selecting the best of culture. The V&A Museum committee is set to include a wide range of events from the mini dress by Mary Quaint, the Jaguar E to the legendary Sex Pistols single God Save the Queen poster created by Jamie Reid, all of which are included in the exhibition. There has been some contemplation regarding the British design in the industrialized 20th and 21st centuries.


Contents of the V&A exhibition

Visitors of the exhibition say that the curators Ghislaine Wood and Christopher Breward have done an outstanding job. They have managed to put together over 350 objects with great imagination. The objects are put together in a survey with a narrative featured over three galleries. The initial part of the exhibition showcases the difference between modernity and traditionalism in Britain right after the Second World War. Next, the exhibition takes viewers through the revolution that changed the topography of arts schools in Britain during the 50’s and 60’s. This revolution brought about an era of insurgent creativity with major implications on music and fashion. Finally, the exhibition displays modern Britain including sectors like computer programming and advertising.

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