Everything at Once: Postmodernity, 1967–1992

29 September 2023 to 28 January 2024

The year 1967 marked the beginning of our present: Modernism, which had presumed that everything could be sorted out through equal housing, furniture and rights for all, was abandoned, and from its ruins a bizarre, eccentric world was born. Architects declared the amusement park the new ideal city; designers shook off the yoke of good taste, and the conflict between the two dominant political systems gave way to the struggle for self-realisation. New media synchronised the globe, and images became the arena in which contests for style and recognition were waged.

Showcasing spectacular examples of design, architecture, cinema, pop, philosophy, art and literature, the exhibition chronicles the dawn of the information society, the unleashing of the financial markets, the great age of subcultures, disco, punk and techno-pop, shoulder pads and Memphis furniture. It also chronicles the sudden surge in the construction of museums, the new temples of art and culture, to which we owe the largest exhibit, the Bundeskunsthalle itself. When the Bundeskunsthalle opened in 1992, the Cold War was over, and Francis Fukuyama published his famous  book, in which he proclaimed ‘the end of history’ as such. Thirty years later, it is clear that history did not come to an end, and Postmodernism is once again a matter of considerable debate. Holding up a mirror to the present, the exhibition homes in on our current conflicts – from right-wing populism to identity politics. It allows us to ask, from the distance of a generation, what time we are actually living in. Is Postmodernity really over – or are we in the middle of it?

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Participating Artists

Pedro Almodóvar, Archizoom, Azzedine Alaïa, Ant Farm, J. G. Ballard, Dieter Bankert, Donald Barthelme, Roland Barthes, Martine Bedin, Heinz Bienefeld, Ricardo Bofill, Neville Brody, Trisha Brown, Judith Butler, David Byrne, Cesare Casati, Citroën, Lucinda Childs, Nigel Coates, Combahee River Collective, Comme des Garçons, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Michele De Lucchi, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Devo, Peter Eisenman, Bret Easton Ellis, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Achim Felz, Paul Feyerabend, Michel Foucault, Francis Fukuyama, Jean Paul Gaultier, Frank Gehry, General Idea, Jean-Paul Goude, Michael Graves, Félix Guattari, Donna Haraway, David Harvey, Hipgnosis, David Hockney, Hans Hollein, Jenny Holzer, Haruomi Hosono, Haus-Rucker-Co, Arata Isozaki, Fredric Jameson, Charles Jencks, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Philip Johnson, Grace Jones, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Rem Koolhaas, Leonard Koren, Kraftwerk, Kengo Kuma, Karl Lagerfeld, Louise Lawler, David Lynch, Michael Mann, Martin Margiela, Javier Mariscal, Gordon Matta-Clark, Marshall McLuhan, Richard Meier, Alessandro Mendini, Memphis, Issey Miyake, Claude Montana, Charles Moore, Franco Moschino, Makoto Nakamura, Brian O'Doherty, Nam June Paik, Van Dyke Parks, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Gustav Peichl, D. A. Pennebaker, Gaetano Pesce, Renzo Piano, Walter Pichler, Emanuele Ponzio, Paolo Portoghesi, Sally Potter, Paco Rabanne, Yvonne Rainer, Godfrey Reggio, Kevin Roche, Werner Rösler, Aldo Rossi, Ed Ruscha, Edward Said, Ridley Scott, Denise Scott Brown, Cindy Sherman, Peter Shire, Borek Šípek, SITE, Thomas Gordon Smith, Ettore Sottsass, Gayatri Spivak, Linder Sterling, James Stirling, Studio 65, Sturtevant, Shin Takamatsu, Matteo Thun-Hohenstein, Stanley Tigerman, Masanori Umeda, Oswald Mathias Ungers, Roger Vadim, Robert Venturi, Gianni Versace, Madelon Vriesendorp, Andy Warhol, Vivienne Westwood, James Wines, Robert Wyatt, Kansai Yamamoto, Harumi Yamaguchi, Yellow Magic Orchestra

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