The Victoria and Albert Museum have announced details of its 2020 exhibition programme.

Kimono Times, Akira Times, 2017 (c)Akira Times.

The museum will begin 2020 with Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk which will concentrate on the Kimono and how it has constantly evolved and adapted in the world of fashion. The display is set to uncover the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the kimono from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and in the rest of the world. As well as rare 17th and 18th century kimono and other early examples of cross-cultural
clothing, kimono-inspired couture, film and performance costumes, the exhibition will also feature paintings, prints, film and dress accessories to provide additional context to examine the style of the kimono. It will be on display from the 29th February.

Meanwhile, from the 25th April 2020, the V&A will celebrate the style, function, design and craftsmanship of bags from around the world in its exhibition Bags!. The museum will showcase over three hundred bags and objects to examine how throughout history these accessories are used to be an object of display as well as privacy.

The next exhibition to open at the V&A in 2020 will bring together 200 rarely seen Renaissance watercolours to examine its pivotal role in understanding,interpreting and documenting the natural world. Renaissance Watercolours: From Dürer to Van Dyck will present finished works as well as sketches, portrait miniatures and manuscript illuminations by painters including Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein, Jacques le Moyne, Nicholas Hilliard, and Anthony van Dyck.

From the 27th June, the museum will present a major exhibition celebrating one of the most popular stories of all time – Alice in Wonderland. Taking visitors on a journey through the origins adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, the exhibition will chart its evolution from manuscript to a global phenomenon. The display will feature original illustrations
by John Tenniel, to early concept art for Walt Disney’s iconic 1951 film adaptation, revealing the impact of Alice across all artistic disciplines spanning art, film, performance, fashion and photography.

The final exhibition that has been announced for 2020 is Epic Iran. On display from the 17th October, this exhibition will explore 5,000 years of art, design and culture, bringing together 300 objects from ancient, Islamic and contemporary Iran to offer a new perspective of this country.

For more information about the exhibitions visit: https://www.vam.ac.uk/


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