The Brit List: Summer of London – Art and Museum Shows
8. British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age exhibition
The Victoria and Albert Museum has mounted a major exhibit tracing the history of post World War II British design. The show begins with the 1948 London Olympics, which have come to be known as the “Austerity Games” because Britain was still suffering from wartime trauma and goes up to the present – thus the timeline is effectively bracketed by two Olympics. The show is organized by themes – such as the tension between tradition and modernity, the “subversion” by younger Britons in the 1950s and innovation.