The Revolution Of The Time

1159 WordsNov 26, 20165 Pages
The 1960s were a decade of era-defining significance, the start of a counter-culture revolution, and a time when young people stood up and made their voices heard. The exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution portrays this through five years of influential music, art and design, film, fashion and politics. The late 1960s saw young people rebelling and using their voice to say there is more to life than money, work and war. They created an underground movement and rebellion, challenging outdated norms and expectations, that has in turn shaped the way we live today. The aim of the exhibition as described by the V&A, was for visitors to consider how the way we live today and how we see the future, has been influenced by the “finished and unfinished revolution of the time” (V&A web). Having said this, it is not clear what they are suggesting by the “unfinished revolution”. Could it be that because it is still recent history and many of the artifacts are still commonly found, such as the album covers, that the ideologies of that time are still prevalent today? Furthermore, the exhibition glamorises the sixties, and puts an upbeat spin on most of the exhibits. It is only the last room, where there was a display of law and order, and the displays of the Vietnam war and Paris rebellion, that hints that the world was not as free and liberal. This shows another side of the 1960s where the establishment angered the youth. Similarly, the viewer is left asking, how much revolution and
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