Post War Modernism

After the war left Britain in despair the government organised the Festival of 1951 to get people together and create a new beginning and start building the future. The festival gave an opportunity of escapism and colour to a usually grey London scene. A committee led by Gerald Barry was set up to run and organise the event, he believed in modernism and encouraged young designers and architects to take part in the festival. First they wanted to find a site, of which they chose a badly bombed site on south bank, they wanted to make the site as imposing as the opposite side of the bank. The intended to make the dull, bombed site a thriving and enriched place. Also to show the brighter side of Britain, a chance for designers to showcase their ideas during a time that did not allow them too. The Festival had to sustain the future of Britain and its future. The festival gave people who had spent years restricted by the war a sense of taste and reinstated an interest in design culture. Overall the radical festival was a good example of post war modernism and was a communal project that encouraged and enriched Britain.

South Bank Centre
Royal Festival Hall
Hayward Gallery
Interior of Royal Festival Hall



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