The first thing you see in the V&A's major autumn exhibition is an image from 1975 of one of Alessandro Mendini's 'Lassú' chairs in flames.

What was a cover shoot for the artist's Casabella magazine has become a stark metaphor for the death of the modernist idiom at a time when the aesthetic floodgates opened in a riot of subversion, parody, exuberance and kitsch.The first thing you see in the V&A's major autumn exhibition is an image from 1975 of one of Alessandro Mendini's 'Lassú' chairs in flames. What was a cover shoot for the artist's Casabella magazine has become a stark metaphor for the death of the modernist idiom at a time when the aesthetic floodgates opened in a riot of subversion, parody, exuberance and kitsch.The exhibition traces the development of Postmodernism from its beginnings as a provocative architectural movement through to its influence on all areas of popular culture. Finally, the complex relationship between Postmodernism and the hyper-inflated commodity culture of the 1980s is shown both through the designs of the products themselves and the art that was created in response.

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