Description - Modernism by Christopher Wilk
Modernism was the key point of reference for 20th-century architecture, design and art, as classicism and realism had been in previous centuries. Modernism, which flourished during the years 1914-1939, was not a style but a loose collection of ideas. It was a term which covered a range of movements and styles which largely rejected history and applied ornament, and which embraced abstraction. Modernists had a Utopian desire to create a better world, frequently combined with social and political beliefs that design and art could transform society. Modernists generally believed in technology as the key means to achieve social improvement and in the machine as a symbol of that aspiration. Many forms of art and design will be represented in Modernism, but as befits a period when the debates surrounding how people should live took centre stage, the focus will be on architecture and design.
The range of objects - including painting, sculpture, film, photography, prints, collage as well as architectural, interior, furniture, product, graphic and fashion design - will reflect the period's emphasis on the unity of the arts and the key role of the fine arts in shaping contemporary visual culture. Europe and America will take centre stage but the reach of Modernism will be demonstrated by selected works from around the world, including Brazil, Palestine and Japan. This important new study will reveal the fundamental ways in which our own world and its visual culture have been shaped by Modernism, measuring its impact across the globe and providing a new and indispensable work of reference.
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Author Biography - Christopher Wilk
Christopher Wilk is curator of the exhibition Modernism: Designing a New World (2006) and Keeper of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A. He led the team responsible for the widely acclaimed new British Galleries, opened in 2001.