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The 10 Best Postmodern Art Installations of 2019

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Ankita is a passionate fan of art—especially larger-than-life postmodern art installations.

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We've all come across beautiful, magnificent art. Sometimes, art is so powerful you can't help but praise it. This is what postmodern art installation, a new genre of contemporary art, is all about. This genre of art deals with installing works in three-dimensional space, often considering the site and the type of art that will best fit the space.

This is a whole new experience for a lot of people—to experience the brilliance of art from different directions and perspectives. Sometimes, the installations may deal with other senses, such as smell or sound, in addition to vision, which helps encapsulate the viewer in a more immersive experience.

Artists in this genre are more concerned with the presentation of their works rather than the materials used in this presentation. Postmodernist art, a newer genre of experimental contemporary art that has been explored since the 1970s, includes conceptual art, performance art, and installation art as subgenres.

Principles of Postmodernist Art

  1. Instant Meaning Is Conveyed: People can sense more deeply when they can relate to any art piece in this genre. This is only possible when the meanings behind a beautiful artwork can be comprehended easily. Everyone can understand the art on display.
  2. The Idea Matters the Most: Back in the 1960s, artists placed more emphasis on the finishing touches in their work. Without a solid finished product, works were considered not up to the mark. Postmodernist art has completely changed this concept. Artists now lay more emphasis on the concepts behind the artwork without considering the quality of the finished piece as heavily.
  3. Art Is Made Accessible: Some things we used to consider unlikely to be used in art are now common. Art can be made from anything. Art itself is a democratic concept and thus should be accessible to all. The concept “Junk Art” was introduced with this in mind. Artists now prepare artworks from the most unexpected things in our surroundings, and many even use scraps of rubbish!

Types of Installation Art

  • Interactive Installations: These installations require interactions from the viewers. It may also be so that the artwork responds only to users’ activity. Some examples of interactive installations are gallery-based installations, mobile-based installations, electronic-based installations, and digital-based installations.
  • Conceptual Art: Sometimes simply called conceptualism, this type involves art with no materialistic needs that focus only on the concepts or ideas upon which it has been built.
  • Immersive Virtual Reality: The introduction of sensors has expanded the boundaries associated with the perception of art. People now experience virtual reality using sensors that work based on a person's movement and interactions.
  • Video Installation: This combines video technology with art installations. First used in the 1970s, this form of art has found its place in galleries and museums where the combination of both video and other types of visual art is enjoyed by the audience. Popular formats include monitor, performance, and projection.
  • Sound Installation: Sound installations are usually site-specific. This form of art increases curiosity among the viewers since it contains a time element, which changes the environment of the site using different forms of sound. Sound installations can be made either in a closed space (such as in a box) or in an open space.
  • Street Installations: These three-dimensional installations are set up in urban environments and may either be interactive or non-interactive. This is in contrast to conventional street art. These are generally non-permissible in nature.


Ankita B (author) on July 08, 2020:

Thank you so much for your kind comment.

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Beautifully detailed out and informative. Thanks.

Ankita B (author) on June 24, 2020:

Thank you Danny. I am glad you found this article informative. Yes indeed abstract arts have a different level of creativity.

Danny from India on June 24, 2020:

An informative article on different types of art installation Ankita. As far as I know, Kochi Biennale had such installations.

Art from scrap materials, paper crafts, paper mache arts, etc..

Sometimes the arts are abstract and difficult to know the concept behind it. But it spurs creativity.

Ankita B (author) on June 24, 2020:

Thank you so much JC.

JC Scull on June 24, 2020:

Excellent article.

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