"Chaos is not the opposite of rhythm but the milieu of all milieus"
Deleuze & Guattari

Thursday, 22 September 2011


Tonight was the opening party of the V&A exhibition, Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, the first major retrospective show to portray the dominant arts movement of the late twentieth century - postmodernity, hyper modernity, late modernity... whatever.

The two-decade survey considers how the different art forms attempted to express a sense of chaos and to replace the fading fantasy that had inspired the perfection of modernism.

This epic show, curated by Glenn Adamson and Jane Pavitt, celebrates the strange realities of a technologically advanced world in all its self-aware and dissonant glory. Seeing some of these objects that have been mythologised by art and pop culture in the flesh is something special - so many of them are surprisingly beautifully crafted.

Early in the evening Annie Lennox gave a speech and a mini concert. She sang a song about her own journey to London, her time as a struggling musician and her rise to fame. She wore a silver Christmas Fairy frock. Bless.