The Return of the Past is the First-Ever Exhibition Devoted to Postmodernist British Architecture

In May, the UK’s government body Historic England granted listed status to 17 Postmodern buildings, including CZWG’s China Wharf, John Outram’s Judge Institute of Management Studies, and Jeremy and Fenella Dixon’s St Mark’s Road. For many, the induction was seen as a much needed validation of a style often noted for its ability to polarize opinion. A key moment in British architecture, the built products of Postmodernism are lauded as bold and innovative by its fierce defenders, and derided as dull and embarrassing by what is probably, unfortunately, a much larger majority.

A timely new show at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London is exploring this controversial legacy of Postmodern architecture in the U.K. The Return of the Past is the first-ever exhibition devoted to Postmodernist British Architecture, giving the style its first gallery treatment as the latest batch of postmodern buildings wins protected status. Focusing on the early, ‘radical moment’ of Postmodernism, the exhibition is chock full of original archival material. Read More via Archinect.

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