Cold War Modern

    The Messerschmitt Kabinenroller, 1955

    Now parked in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

    as part of

    Cold War Modern: Design 1945 - 1970

    "The 300 objects on display range from terrific toys -- such as the three-wheeled micro car above. Plus a shiny Vespa motor scooter, an even shinier Sputnik and some Apollo space suits showing signs of wear -- to futuristic frocks by designers such as Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin.

    There are Eames chairs and Dieter Ram radios, and Raymond Loewy's drawings for the interiors of spacecraft.... Robert Rauschenberg's 1963 painting "Kite," with its menacing military imagery, contrasts with the near-primitive Socialist-Realist pathos of a 1950 tapestry woven by Polish art students.

    The show starts with the startlingly differing hopes for the reconstruction of Berlin in the architectural plans for the old-fashioned classical buildings on Stalinallee in the East, and the Modernist housing schemes in West Berlin by the Interbau team that included Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Arne Jacobsen."

    If you can't make it to London, visit the show's excellent website here.

    And you can watch these videos related to the exhibition, such as the climax of Dr. Strangelove, to the song "We'll Meet Again"

    And then what to do in case of attack ("Send your young children to the fallout room.....") in "Protect and Survive"

    Top photo: Die Neue Sammlung, A. Laurenzo
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