'Technical design services for a revelatory exhibition on art in Britain after the Second World War, a period when artists had to make sense of an entirely altered world.'
Postwar Modern explored the art produced in Britain in the wake of cataclysmic total war. Certainty was gone, and the aftershocks continued, but there was also hope for a better tomorrow. These conditions gave rise to an incredible richness of imagery, forms and materials in the years that followed.
IDK provided technical design services for the show, working closely with the curatorial team to ensure that the complex insurance and courier requirements for the ambitious multi-loan exhibition were effectively coordinated and that all works were properly located on drawings to facilitate the installation of the exhibition. Exhibition design is more than just devising great concepts; the technical work and close collaboration with curatorial teams at the delivery stage is an essential part of setting shows like Postwar Modern in the best possible light; a service where IDK has extensive experience.
Postwar Modern featured 48 artists and around 200 works of painting, sculpture, photography, collage and installation. It explored the subjects that most preoccupied artists, among them the body, the post-atomic condition, the Blitzed streetscape, private relationships and imagined future horizons. As well as reconsidering well-known figures, the exhibition foregrounds artists who came to Britain as refugees from Nazism or as migrants from a crumbling empire, in addition to female artists who have tended to be overlooked.