“Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914-1939”

Marta Herford
Goebenstrasse 2-10
September 16, 2006–January 7, 2007

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
April 6–July 23, 2006

Curated by Christopher Wilk

For some die-hards, Modernism with a capital M may still be a religion of absolute truth and beauty, but for the rest of us (especially antique dealers) it's become as much a period style as Second Empire or Art Nouveau. Fraught with the historical nostalgia of a long-lost utopian dream, the movement can now seem as quaint and precious as Bakelite and glass brick, which means it's high time for an all-embracing retrospective. This one not only extends as far afield as Japan, Brazil, and Israel but mixes the exalted heights of Mondrian and Mies van der Rohe with 350 more-earthbound examples of graphic design, furniture, photography, painting, film, and costume. In short, it is a poignant time capsule of the myth of progress forever destroyed by World War II.

Travels to MARTa Herford, Germany, Sept. 16, 2006–Jan. 7, 2007.