One of the greatest strengths of the V&A (outside its astounding collections) is the organization of comprehensive and nuanced exhibitions related to distinct periods of design history. Art Deco and Modernism have been fleshed out, and now attention is turned to Cold War Modern: 1945-1970. This groundbreaking exhibition ties design to the socio-political milleu of the period. As they say “Art and design were not peripheral symptoms of politics during the Cold War: they played a central role in representing and sometimes challenging the dominant political and social ideas of the age.” The V&A also excels at related web content for their exhibitions, so while you wait for the show to tour, visit the site for an excellent time line of objects, ideas and events.

Cold War Modern is on view in South Kensington until January 11, 2009.

A sampling of Cold War Modern follows.

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