Tag: Postmodernism

Postmodern architecture: San Cataldo Cemetery by Aldo Rossi

Postmodern architecture: San Cataldo Cemetery by Aldo Rossi

Pomo summer: Aldo Rossi's unfinished San Cataldo Cemetery in Modena, Italy, is considered one of the first and most important Postmodern buildings. As part of our Postmodernism series we explore how the architect, who denied being part of the controversial movement, designed the seminal building in 1971 while recovering from a car crash (+ slideshow). More »

"Post-modernism comes of Age"
- Charles Jencks

Dezeen Wire:
 architectural theorist Charles Jencks has written a new article for Blueprint magazine about the resurgence of postmodern architecture over the past twenty years, during which time other commentators claim it has become defunct.

Jencks points to projects from the likes of Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron and Santiago Calatrava as demonstrative of the continuing influence of postmodern ideas, which he claims have led to "the explosive growth in iconic buildings and landmark sculptures."

The V&A is currently hosting an exhibition of postmodern architecture and design and you can see all of our stories on postmodernism here.

"Stephen Bayley delivers Pomo its death blow"
- The Architect's Newspaper

Dezeen Wire:
author and curator Stephen Bayley has written a savage review of the Victoria & Albert museum's current exhibition of Postmodern design and architecture, which he describes as "a revived chamber of horrors." - The Architect's Newspaper

In his article, Bayley calls Robert Venturi's extension to the National Gallery in London "a pitiably ill-proportioned and architecturally illiterate dollop of pious schmaltz," and dismissively concludes that the exhibition is "a lot of tired one-liners, as fatigued as old newspapers."

See our previous story on the exhibition here, as well as reviews by Justin McGuirk of The Guardian, Alice Rawsthorn of The New York Times and Rowan Moore of The Observer.

"Has postmodernist design eaten itself?"
- The Guardian

Dezeen Wire:
Justin McGuirk of The Guardian is the latest critic to write about the kitsch revival of postmodernism, which he says remains popular with consumers - The Guardian

A retrospective about the postmodern movement opens at the Victoria & Albert museum on 24 September. See recent articles on postmodernism by Alice Rawsthorn for The New York Times and Rowan Moore in The Observer.

Read all our Dezeen Wire stories about Justin McGuirk

"Postmodern, but not especially proud of it"
-The New York Times

Dezeen Wire:
ahead of the opening of Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 at the Victoria & Albert Museum next week, design critic Alice Rawsthorn describes the hype and controversy that surrounded the movement and its influence on subsequent designers  - The New York Times

See a previous article discussing the definition of postmodernism by The Observer's architecture critic Rowan Moore here.