Exhibition on architecture | Tropical tropes




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isplaying the seldom-explored influence of British architecture on modernism, the V&A Museum’s latest exhibition casts a spotlight on Britain’s architectural impact in Ghana and India during the mid-20th century. As noted by chief curator Christopher Turner in the V&A Magazine, the exhibit features projects that embody the aspirations of a new era, distancing from colonial roots, expressed through the mediums of architecture and art. A broader scope could potentially extend to how European modernism adapted to tropical settings, broadening the conversation to include nations like Mexico, Brazil, and Ethiopia, which didn’t experience mid-century colonial detachment, as well as those that did, like Malaysia and notably, Sri Lanka. Such an endeavor, however, would necessitate a more expansive showcase.

ERA OF INNOVATION: A scene from the Tropical Modernism exhibition

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