2004 - 2007
EXHIBITIONS AND GALLERY OPENINGS
MAJOR AUTUMN EXHIBITIONS
THE MEETING OF ASIA AND EUROPE 1500-1800
23 September - 5 December 2004
Encounters will explore three hundred years of artistic, cultural and
technological interaction and exchange between Asia and Europe. The exhibition
will show how East and West have always been fascinated with each other,
and that the desire for and appeal of the exotic has shaped the material
culture of both. Encounters will bring together a diverse and spectacular
range of objects from Europe, India, China, Japan and South East Asia.
The exhibition will draw on the collections of the V&A and those of
major institutions and private collections around the world.
9 September - 5 December 2004
Christopher Dresser (1834 - 1904) was a pioneering designer who helped
shape British design over the last century. He is considered the first
independent industrial designer, running a studio supplying designs to
manufacturers including Wedgwood, Minton and Coalbrookdale. The exhibition
will examine Dresser's career with displays of silver, metalwork, furniture,
ceramics, textiles, wallpaper and watercolours. Dresser's influences included
Japanese, Egyptian and Asian art and design as well as abstract pattern
based on the scientific study of botany.
Japan in 1876 as the official representative of the V&A and the British
Government, exchanging the best examples of European design for their
Japanese equivalents. This trip was to transform his designs and he began
to reject ornament in favour of form and the qualities of materials. It
is this dramatic shift and Dresser's approach towards manufacture that
has led him to be considered a pioneer of the aesthetic ideas which have
dominated design over the last 100 years.
has been organised by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian
Institution in New York and will be on display in Spring 2004 before coming
to the V&A.
CONTEMPORARY AUTUMN EXHIBITION
7 October 2004 - 16 January 2005
This exhibition will explore the dress, style and fashion of black people
in Britain, looking at how they have contributed to British culture. The
exhibition will focus on the contemporary but also look at recent history.
Since the migration of black people from the Caribbean and Africa from
the late 1940s onwards, their presence has helped to change the visual
landscape of Britain. The style of black people in Britain has had a profound
affect on British culture. In turn the black population has drawn upon
other areas of the African diaspora to express their own cultural identity.
will be based around themes such as leisure and work clothing, dressing
for church, and the importance and meaning of black pride. It will l explore
the subject through clothing and textiles, accessories, styling methods
and practices, production of garments and specially commissioned photography
MAJOR SPRING EXHIBITION
ARTS AND CRAFTS
17 March - 10 July 2005
This major exhibition will be the first to explore Arts and Crafts as
an international style from the 1880s when it flourished in Britain, through
to its widespread development as a style in America, continental Europe
and Scandinavia, until its final manifestation as the mingei undo (folk
craft movement) in Japan between 1926 and 1945.
objects from museums and private collections around the world will be
on display including furniture, textiles, ceramics, glass, metalwork,
jewellery, books, photography, paintings, prints, sculpture and architecture.
Approximately a third of the exhibition is from the V&A's collections.
of the exhibition include jewellery by C.R. Ashbee, a lamp by Frank Lloyd-Wright,
a stained glass window by M. H. Baillie Scott and a large Japanese stoneware
dish by Hamada Shoji. The exhibition will also reveal the importance of
the home and the unified interior with the installation of domestic room
sets, including full scale re-constructions of an American 'Craftsman'
room and a Japanese 'model room'.
CONTEMPORARY SPRING EXHIBITION
WHEN FASHION TURNS BACK
22 February - 8 May 2005
A new exhibition, Spectres, When Fashion turns Back, will look at the
way the past continues to influence fashion through the costumes of brilliant
cutting edge designers, past and present. Spectres will explore the power
of the historical muse, alongside how historical references and haunting
themes drive designers to create particular garments or images for their
designers featured will be many of those at the foreground of conceptual
fashion during the past twenty years including Junya Watanabe, Dries van
Noten, Victor and Rolf, Hussein Chalayan and Alexander McQueen. Past designers
featured include Scihaparelli, Madame Gres, Pierre Cardin, Dior and Mary
DRESS COURT DISPLAY
SPLENDOUR: QUEEN MAUD OF NORWAY'S WARDROBE 1896-1938 3 February 2005 to
8 January 2006
The V&A display highlights the wardrobe of Queen Maud of Norway, daughter
of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra and the first Queen of the newly independent
Norway. This extraordinary collection includes garments from her trousseau
of 1896 to those made just before her death in 1938. Documenting the amazing
evolution in women's fashion over those five decades, the display will
feature her coronation gown, a superb array of early 20th century evening
gowns, tailored suits and day dresses. Many of these splendid clothes
were made by well-known Paris and London designers, such as Worth, Redfern,
Morin-Blossier and Laferrière. Queen Maud was an accomplished athlete
and her wardrobe includes riding habits and ski-wear. A variety of decorative
techniques such as beading, appliqué and embroidery are presented
as well as range of historical styles from the 1890s through Art Nouveau
and Art Deco. The garments are on loan from the National Museum of Art/Museum
of Decorative Arts and Design in Oslo, in celebration of Norway's centennial
RIBA ARCHITECTURE PARTNERSHIP: NEW GALLERY & STUDY CENTRE Opening
November 2004 The V&A and RIBA open a new architecture gallery this
Autumn at the V&A to display highlights from their world-class collections
of architectural drawings, models and objects which have now been brought
together at the V&A. The displays will draw on works by the great
architects of past centuries and of today from Palladio, Inigo Jones and
Christopher Wren to Robert Adam, Le Corbusier and contemporary architects
such as Norman Foster. The Architecture Gallery is designed as a general
introduction to architecture with thematic displays, educational interactive
areas and three small temporary exhibitions each year. The gallery will
be situated to the right of the main entrance to the V&A on Cromwell
Road and has been designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects.
>From autumn 2004, there will also be a new set of study rooms and
>stores in the Henry Cole wing of the V&A to rehouse the RIBA's
>Drawings, Manuscripts and Archives Collections alongside the V&A's
>Prints, Drawings and Paintings collections. The study rooms will allow
>the public to view the entire archives in an easily accessible way.
>study rooms have been designed by architects Wright & Wright.
THE GILBERT BAYES SCULPTURE GALLERY
AND WATERCOLOURS GALLERY
OF ISLAMIC ART
AND RENAISSANCE GALLERIES
FROM AUTUMN 2005
10.00 - 17.45 daily (closed 24,25,26 December)
10.00 - 22.00 Wednesdays and the last Friday of the month (except December).