The Victoria and Albert Museum have today (3rd September) announced their programme of exhibitions taking place during the rest of of 2015 and 2016.

Continuing until the 11th October, the V&A continues to display a selection of photographs taken by Captain Linnaeus Tripe  as part of the season of events and exhibitions celebrating India at the museum. It features some of the earliest views of the landscape and architecture in India and Burma.

This is then followed by The Fabric of India – a definite highlight of the museum’s India season. It will open to the public on the 3rd October and will continue to be displayed until the 10th January 2016. It is the first major display that explores the handmade textiles from India from the 3rd to the 21st century. There will be a wide variety of objects on display showcasing the skills of the industry as well as costumes.

Wall hanging (detail), cotton appliqué, Gujarat, 20th century.© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Meanwhile, prepare to be dazzled when Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection arrives at the museum in November. The objects going on display have been selected from a single collection and the exhibition will explore the themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery. It will also explore how Indian jewellery influences the likes of Cartier and other houses. The exhibition opens on the 21st November and will run until the 28th March 2016.

The V&A will mark the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron with a special display featuring 100 of her photographs from the museums collection. It will explore the techniques she used to create her artistic images. The exhibition will be open to the public from the 28th November and will be on display until the 14th February.

Paul and Virginia, 1864, Julia Margaret Cameron. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Heading into 2016, the museum has a variety of exhibitions that showcase the number of subjects that the V&A love to cover throughout the year. This starts with Botticelli Reimagined – opening to the public on the 5th March 2016. It will examine the different ways in which artists and designers have responded to the legacy of Sandro Botticelli and his work.

Also announced is a major exhibition focusing on the work of Paul Strand. Titled Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century, this is the first display of the photographer’s work since his death in 1976. It takes a look at why he was one of the greatest and most influential photographers of the 20th century. The display is at the museum from the 19th March to the 3rd July 2016.

Couple, Rucăr, Romania, 1967. © Paul Strand Archive/Aperture Foundation.
In terms of fashion, the V&A are looking to explore the practicalities of underwear in its Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear exhibition from the 16th April 2016 to 5th February 2017. By examining its role in the fashionable wardrobe, this display will also explore the careers of dress reformers and designers such as Paul Poiret – who argued for the beauty of the natural body.

Corset, 1890-1895. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
 Heading into May, the Victoria and Albert Museum will explore how Ove Arup became one of the most influential engineers of the 20th century. This exhibition will focus on his design philosophy and revealing his ideas of collaborative working, total architecture and design as a humanistic and technological tool for social responsibility. (Engineering the world:Ove Arup & the Philosophy of Total Design – 21st May- 9th October 2016).

It may seem a long while away, but from the 3rd September 2016 to 8th January 2017, the V&A turn their attention to English Medieval embroidery. Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery   will take visitors back to the 12th to 15th centuries and bring together some of the best examples of embroidery to highlight the craftsmanship that has gone into the creation of these pieces.

The museum will also be playing host to You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-1970 , which will concentrate on the aspirations and optimism of the late 1960’s (10th September 2016 – 15th January 2017).


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