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Exhibition: Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence

Location

Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum,

Cromwell Road, London,
SW7 2RL

Dates

This exhibition runs from Sat, 2nd Mar 2024 to Sun, 22nd Sep 2024.

Forthcoming dates:

Mon,
22nd Jul 2024  
(10am - 5:45pm)
Tue,
23rd Jul 2024  
(10am - 5:45pm)
Wed,
24th Jul 2024  
(10am - 5:45pm)
Thu,
25th Jul 2024  
(10am - 5:45pm)
Fri,
26th Jul 2024  
(10am - 10pm)
Sat,
27th Jul 2024  
(10am - 5:45pm)
Sun,
28th Jul 2024  
(10am - 5:45pm)

Cost: £14

Description

An exhibition about an architectural style developed in the 1940s and adopted after independence by India and Ghana as a symbol of modernity and progressiveness, distinct from colonial culture.

In the late 1940s, British architects Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry developed the tools of Tropical Modernism in West Africa, adapting a Modernist aesthetic that valued function over ornament to the hot, humid conditions of the region. Britain’s unique contribution to International Modernism was a colonial architecture, developed against the background of anti-colonial struggle.

Drew and Fry worked primarily in Ghana and India. Following independence, Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Ghanaian prime minister Kwame Nkrumah commissioned major new projects in this style, using Tropical Modernism as a tool for nation-building and as a symbol of their internationalism and progressiveness. A new generation of national architects more sensitive to local context gave birth to distinctive alternative Modernisms. The exhibition centres and celebrates these practitioners and the alternative Modernisms they created.

Tropical Modernism, despite its colonial associations, became an architectural symbol of a postcolonial future, symbolising the utopian possibility of the transitional moment in which a break with the past was articulated through architecture and new freedoms were won.

The exhibition will include models, drawings, letters, photographs, and archival ephemera documenting the key figures and moments of the Tropical Modernist movement, and a half hour film installation displayed on three screens. These artifacts won’t just speak to architecture, but also about modernism’s wider role in narratives about decolonisation and the construction of national identity.


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This exhibition runs from Sat, 2nd Mar 2024 to Sun, 22nd Sep 2024

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

July 2024

August 2024

September 2024

Location

Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum,

Cromwell Road, London,
SW7 2RL

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