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‘Purgatory of taste’ or Projector of Industrial Britain? The British Institute of Industrial Art

Yasuko Suga

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 16, issue 2, pages 167-185
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/16.2.167
‘Purgatory of taste’ or Projector of Industrial Britain? The British Institute of Industrial Art

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This article explores how the British Institute Art (BIIA), the first govermental organization to deal specifically with modern industrial design,endeavoured to project the nation via design. The Institute held exhibitions at Knightsbridge, the victoria and albert museum in, provincial cities and abroad. Its collaborations with the General Post Office and the Ministry of Transport gave birth to several products of modern design. It punlished a number of research reports on the vaied aspects of industrial art. These achievements were later utilized at the council for Art and Industry. The BIIA's history by no means indicatess that it had a crtitcal impact on the debate of modern taste, but it does demonsterate how the power structure within the debates shifted. It also marked a significant prelude to the state patronage, or institutionalization, of modern design.

Keywords: British Institute of Industrial Art; design policy; exhibitions; Great Britain; inter war; victoria and Albert Museum

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Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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