Saturday, September 27, 2008

Messerschmitt Kabinenroller included in "Cold War Modern" Exhibit at London's Victoria & Albert Museum

In examples of how the Cold War influenced design, the Victoria & Albert Museum will have a Messerschmitt Kabinenroller and a P70 Coupe (described as an early version of the Trabant).

These cars will be in good company -- with designs by Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin, Eames furniture designs made of ‘modern’ materials such as fiberglass, and movies -- including; Goldfinger, The Ipcress File, Dr. Strangelove and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

"Modern life after 1945 seemed to promise both utopia and catastrophe. By 1949, both of the world’s superpowers had acquired the capacity to annihilate one another with nuclear weapons. Twenty years later, man had walked on the moon.
"Modernist artists and designers responded to this dual vision, searching for ways to build a new and hopeful future and deal with the anxieties of the present.
"This exhibition explores modern art, architecture, design and film in the period 1945-70, highlighting the ways in which artists and designers responded to the conditions of the Cold War."

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