New exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn: EVERYTHING AT ONCE – POSTMODERNITY, 1967-1992. 1967 marked the beginning of our present: Modernism, which believed it could sort everything out for everyone with the same houses, furniture and rights, was bidden farewell and a new, bizarre, eccentric world emerged. Architects declared the amusement park to be the ideal city, designers liberated themselves from good taste, the struggle for self-realisation took the place of system struggles. New media synchronised the globe, images became the stage on which style and recognition were fought over.
The exhibition tells of the beginning of the information society, of the unleashing of the financial markets, of the great age of subcultures, of disco, punk and techno-pop, shoulder pads and Memphis furniture, as well as of the boom in temples of culture, to which the exhibition owes its largest exhibit, the Bundeskunsthalle itself. When it opened in 1992, the Cold War was over and Francis Fukuyama declared in …
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Fig. above: postmoderne-0019 Ettore Sottsass, Der Planet als Fest: Studie für einen Spender von Weihrauch, LSD, Marihuana, Opium, Lachgas, Projekt (Perspektive), 1972–1973, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023, Museum für Moderne Kunst / Scala, Florenz