Ian Thomas  

While Modernism tried to open a window onto utopia, Postmodernism turned that window into a broken mirror, posits Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990 at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Martine Bedin’s Super Lamp for Memphis, shown, exemplifies that fracturing, as does Hans Hollein’s Strada Novissima, which is a set of columns each of which exemplifies an era of architectural history. The exhibition also presents magazines, music, and fashion that reflect the color, theatricality, and exaggeration of the movement. Sept. 24 through Jan. 15, 2012. • www.vam.ac.uk