Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

Modernism in design and architecture emerged in the aftermath of the First World War and the Russian Revolution – a period when the artistic avant-garde dreamed of a new world free of conflict, greed and social inequality. It was not a style but a loose collection of ideas. Many different styles can be characterised as Modernist, but they shared certain underlying principles: a rejection of history and applied ornament; a preference for abstraction; and a belief that design and technology could transform society.

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We offer a wide range of tours to meet your group requirements. Whether a group has a special area of interest, wishes to explore a particular gallery or just get an overview of the Museum's collection the Groups Team can help.

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Cold War Modern (Paperback)

Cold War Modern (Paperback)

This ground-breaking study of modern art, architecture, design and film examines the Cold War as a conflict between differing conceptions of modern li…

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Event - Introducing Eileen Gray

Sat 07 June 2014 14:00

SEMINAR: Explore the work and legacy of Eileen Gray, one of the most important furniture designers and architects of the early 20th century.

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