Works by Jouko Järvisalo, Markku Salo and the Memphis Milano are on display as part of the Design Museum Helsinki's exhibition of postmodernist design
The Design Museum Helsinki's main spring exhibition continues the institution's series about 20th-century design, focusing this time on postmodernism between 1980 and 1995.
"The idea behind the exhibition is to think of the postmodern as a breach – or a variety of breaches – of modern ideas, ideals and actions," curator Salla Heino told Icon. "This breach and the freedom of ideas, actions and conversation are crucial to the postmodern way of thinking. We try to emphasise the plurality and the points of view in the conversation of the time.
"For present day design, the era offers lessons about breaking down boundaries for the flow of ideas and breaking the rules of possibility. There is a wide spectrum of forms that we consider to have a postmodern way of thinking behind them. The exhibition shows the international background to the phenomenon. However the emphasis is on Finnish works, thinking and interpretation.
"It's hard to pick just a few highlights, but some of them are a chair by Jouko Järvisalo, an artwork by Jan-Erik Andersson, the glassworks of Markku Salo and pieces from Memphis Milano. There are also ceramics, textiles and photographs by people such as Magnus Scharmanoff. Also presented are interviews with designers, artists and researchers who have a personal relationship with postmodernism."
The exhibition runs from 30 January to 17 May 2015