V&A Shows Exhibitions
V&A South Kensington
V&A South Kensington
All of this Belongs to You Until 19 July
In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora Until 6 July
General Election-inspired interventions and installations around the museum probe links between design, public life and civic duty.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Until 2 August This landmark retrospective channels the dramatic brilliance of Alexander McQueen, fully exploring the creations of the late British designer.
What is Luxury? Until 27 September From intricate horology to notions of space and privacy, this exhibition explores diverse interpretations of luxury now – and its potential future meanings.
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain 13 June – 31 January 2016 Gain insights into the cultural and sartorial power of footwear extremes through the ages – from ancient golden sandals to vertiginous heels.
Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860 24 June – 11 October Documentary and artistic impulses meet in a wealth of architectural and landscape images taken in Asia by the early British photographer.
The Fabric of India 3 October – 10 January 2016 Skills and traditions are illuminated by this rich exhibition of handmade textiles dating from the third to the twenty-first century. Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House Until 6 September Real family dramas, childhood memories and personal aspirations emerge in this presentation of twelve remarkable dolls’ houses.
Graphic and political material depicting cultural exchanges by artists including Uzo Egonu and Carrie Mae Weems ranges from the 1960s to the present day.
V&A Illustration Awards 2015 Until 2 August Winning work by participants of the prestigious award go on show, revealing pioneering book, editorial and student illustration.
Rapid Response Collecting Until 31 January 2016 A constantly developing display that showcases new acquisitions representing important developments in contemporary design and society.
Personal Favourites: Gold and Silver from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection Until 24 October
A Stitch in Time: Home Sewing Before 1900 Until 27 May 2016
A Renaissance sleeping dog features among this selection of beautiful and surprising objects amassed by the great twentieth-century collector.
Functional objects, also frequently decorative and indicative of status, from an era in which needlework was part of daily life for women.
A History of Photography: Series and Sequences Until 1 November
Exhibition Road Building Until 15 October 2016
An annually changing showcase for the V&A’s collection currently includes prints by Eadweard Muybridge and Sze Tsung Leong.
The Curious Neoclassical Vision of EnnemondAlexandre Petitot Until 6 December Two famous suites of ornamental prints produced by the French-born architect and designer in the 1770s.
a room from Damascus Until 16 December Objects, ceramics and textiles from an eighteenth-century Damascus home offer a view of a golden age for decorative art in the city.
Blue & White: British Printed Ceramics Until 3 January 2016 Designs and decorations used in British ceramics from the 1750s onwards reflect societal changes and include the advent of the famous Willow pattern.
Models and sketches bring to life a major redevelopment project – the largest at the V&A for a century.
Make/Believe: UK Design for Performance 2011/2015 11 July – 3 January 2016 Recent design work in disciplines from theatre to pop music is brought to life by this multimedia display.
Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture 27 July – 26 February 2016 Works by contemporary artists join historic examples of portrait traditions that have proved inspiring, including miniatures and medals.
Barnaby Barford: Tower of Babel 7 August – 18 October The contemporary artist constructs a six-metre-high favela from 3,000 china models of real London shops, ascending in order of exclusivity.
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THE ART OF INDIAN STORYTELLING 11 August – 24 January 2016 Nineteenth and twentieth-century artefacts, from an illustrated scroll to playing cards and a mask, illuminate traditional forms of Indian story telling. Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
Hidden Identities Unfinished Until 28 June Photographer Yvonne De Rosa presents a range of images of children enduring poverty and hardship in present-day Bosnia and Romania.
It’s My Party… Until 18 October Artists collaborate with local schoolchildren to create an installation that playfully questions the importance, cost and scale of children’s parties today.
The Alice Look Until 1 November In her 150th anniversary year, garments, books, prints and more reveal how Lewis Carroll’s iconic character followed and subsequently influenced fashion.
Kites from Kabul 4 July – 3 January 2016 Colourful examples from Kabul highlight the significance of kite flying in the troubled Afghan city.
Above: floorspread, painted and dyed cotton, Coromandel Coast, c.1630 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
V&A Magazine, Issue 37, Summer 2015 Style, sex and psychology