Explore the V&A's programme of changing exhibitions and displays. Complementing the Museum's permanent collection, they cover a broad range of subjects from design and fashion to photography and architecture.
Major exhibitions feature multiple rooms of objects and installations while smaller displays are sometimes located in just a single case.
15 March – 13 July 2008
Sponsored by HSBC
Exhibitions, Room 39 and North Court
Tickets: adult £9.40/senior citizens £7.20/full time students, ES40 holders and 12-17 yr olds £4.75. Family tickets available. Under 12s free. Prices inclusive of all booking fees
The V&A’s spring exhibition, China Design Now, explores the recent explosion of new design in China, from the 2008 Olympic stadium to the most interesting fashion and graphics.
The exhibition captures a dynamic phase as China opens up to global influences, and looks at developments in three rapidly expanding cities - Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. It displays the work of Chinese and international designers, focussing on architecture, fashion, youth culture and graphics as well as film, photography, product and furniture design and digital media.
15 April - 29 June 2008
At a time when the notion of the book is challenged by the advent of the screen and computer, this exhibition aims to show the extraordinary ways in which the book has been treated by leading artists of today and the recent past. Some are iconic works which established the genre of the livre d’artiste after the Second World War; others are surprises from artists best known for their work in other media. Some works show the virtuosity of traditional ‘hot metal’ printing techniques, others produce stunning large-scale installations and sculptures.
Seen together, these artists’ books show a truly astonishing inventiveness, many on display to the public for the first time. Artists represented range from Matisse, Picasso and Braque to Anselm Kiefer, Anish Kapoor and Georg Baselitz.
21 March - 22 June 2008
Exhibitions, Room 38
Tickets: adult, senior citizens, full time students, ES40 holders and 12-17 yr olds £5.75. Family tickets available. Under 12s free. Prices inclusive of all booking fees
Thomas Hope's important role as an arbiter of design taste in the early 19th century is explored in this display. Regency furniture designer and collector of art and antiquities, Hope pioneered the Neo-Classical Style in England. His Household Furniture and Decoration (1807) was the style Bible par excellence.
13 May - 19 October 2008
Admission charges apply - advance booking now open
A display of performance costumes worn by The Supremes, one of the most successful groups of the sixties - only the Beatles had more number one hits. The display shows the changing image of The Supremes from the early days when they were known as The Primettes to the glamorous Hollywood designs they wore at the height of their fame, and looks at their continuing stylistic influence on performers such as Beyoncé.
This is a V&A Exhibition in collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum: www.rockhall.com.
21 November 2007 - 18 November 2008
From pantomime and drama to opera and dance, in the UK and abroad, this display brings together the work of over 100 of Britain's most creative theatre designers recognised worldwide for their skills and innovative designs. On display are designs by three of the most internationally acclaimed set designers of recent years - Paul Brown, Richard Hudson and Ralph Koltai - including Brown's surreal designs for La Traviata at the 25,000-seat Arena di Verona (2004).
28 march 2008 - 29 march 2009
Alice's adventures began when she fell into a tunnel that unexpectedly twisted downwards to form a deep well. She landed abruptly on a heap of sticks and dry leaves. This notion of mythical underground spaces is the subject of CJ Lim's installation, a multi-sensory and tactile intervention which explores the spatial possibilities of a subterranean garden.
17 March - 7 September 2008
Architecture, Room 128a
Marking the centenary of the founding of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), this display celebrates the importance of engineering in creating some of the most iconic buildings of the past 100 years. The ambition and ingenuity of these structures is revealed through a variety of media - models, drawings, CAD imagery, video and photographs sourced from all over the world. The display is curated by architectural writer David Littlefield with the support of the IstructE.
26 March 2007 - 27 April 2009
Sculpture, Room 117
This small display highlights the growing market in 16th century Europe for decorative goods - from costly lustreware, enamels and sculptures to more modest domestic stoneware pots. Works by some of the greatest sculptors of the period, such as Michelangelo, Benvenuto Cellini and Giambologna, are included. These artists were celebrated figures in their own lifetimes and princes, popes and the rising merchant classes were keen to acquire works by such celebrated masters.
1 April - 17 August 2008
This display of books, objects and constructions reveals an energetic community of poets and artists in Britain discovering and developing the expressive potential of publication as an art practice. The work of the 16 individuals represented here is very diverse, however shared characteristics include brevity, a subtle sense of colour, wry humour, and an unpretentious relationship to art and literature of the past. Some of the works look like quite ordinary books, but their use of mainstream conventions is purposeful, questioning or amused. A poem is a kind of object, and the material character of a book may be its most important message.
26 September 2007 - 26 September 2008
For the past 500 years drinking has stimulated a rich material culture. Specific situations and drinks require particular vessels, from stoneware beer mugs to jade wine cups and silver goblets. This display explores the varied and often curious designs of drinking vessels in order to explain their function and importance.
12 January 2007 - 29 June 2008
Gallery 83, Case 9
These flagons were acquired for the medieval church of St. Mary Woolnoth in 1697. They are beautifully engraved with grotesques attributed to Nicaise Roussel, an immigrant from Flanders. Originally intended for domestic use in serving ale, in an ecclesiastical context they would be used for storing communion wine. The City Church of St Mary Woolnoth is the official City church for the Government of British Columbia. In the 1930s a Lord Mayor of the City of London lent one of the flagons to Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia.
This display celebrates its return after seventy years abroad.