The London museum has confirmed details for its 2018 programme, covering a wide variety of topics.
The Victoria and Albert’s 2018 programme will explore the future, how video games are redefining design, reveal al how Frida Kahlo shaped her iconic image and persona, and explored the theme of identity; explore the intersection of fashion, nature and sustainability; transport visitors back to the glamour of the golden age of ocean liners; and celebrate the timelessness of Winnie the Pooh’s much-loved classics.
Opening the 9th December, the V&A will present a major exhibition looking at and exploring at the world of Winnie-the-Pooh and his creators A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard in Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic . Highlights will include the real-life personalities and relationships that created Pooh, including Christopher Robin’s make-believe with his toys and the collaboration between the genius of Milne as author and Shepard as talented illustrator.
In February 2018, the museum will focus its attention on bringing back to life the golden age of ocean travel from Brunel’s 1859 steamship, the Great Eastern, to the launch of the QE2 in 1969 in Ocean Liners: Speed & Style. This exhibition will explore all aspects of ship design from ground-breaking engineering, architecture and interiors to the fashion and lifestyle aboard, showcasing over 250 objects.
Fashioned from Nature will open at the museum on the 21st April 2018 and will concentrate on the relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day. Highlights of the exhibition will include exquisite designs inspired by nature are shown alongside objects of protest showing the harmful impact fashion’s demands and processes have on the earth.
From the 12th May, the museum will explore the future in its The Future Starts Here exhibition. It will examine the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow. From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, more than 100 objects will be brought together as a landscape for the near future.
Meanwhile, on display from the 16th June Frieda Kahlo’s Wardrobe will concentrate on the renowned artist’s persona through her dress and self-fashioning. The exhibition will include prosthetics, medicines, accessories, jewellery, photographs and letters – it will be the first exhibition outside of Mexico to concentrate on Kahlo’s clothing and personal possessions.
The Victoria and Albert Museum will also be hosting a major exhibition about Videogames from the 8th September highlighting the complexity of videogames as one of the most important design fields of our time. It will explore the design and culture of the medium since the mid-2000s, when major technological advancements increased access to the internet and social media.
For more information about the upcoming exhibitions visit: https://www.vam.ac.uk/