The Victoria and Albert Museum have confirmed details of its exhibition programme for next year.

Watercolour from The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter, 1908, England. Courtesy of National Trust and Frederick Warne & Co. Photo © National Trust / Robert Thrift.

The V&A’s 2022 exhibition programme will open with a family friendly exhibition Beatrix Potter:
Drawn to Nature
which will celebrate the life and work of the popular children’s author. On display from the 12th February, the V&A will team up with the National Trust to display original watercolours, drawings and manuscripts, as well as personal artefacts, to showcase  places, people and animals that inspired her stories.

Meanwhile, from the 19th March the museum will present its first new fashion exhibition of the year with Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear. This new display will explore how designers, tailors and artists – and their clients and sitters have constructed masculinity and transformed it. This show will celebrate the power, artistry and diversity of masculine attire and appearance.

The exhibition programme will then continue with a major exhibition exploring Africa Fashion. On display from the 11th June, this display will celebrate and explore creativity and ingenuity of contemporary African fashion creatives from the continent’s independence and liberation years to the present day.

It has also been announced that the V&A will highlight colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea through new exhibition Hallyu! The Korean Wave which will open to the public on the 24th September. The show will explore the makings of the Korean Wave and its impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.

Tickets for all the exhibitions will go on sale soon.

Talking about the news, Tristram Hunt, V&A Director, said: “From foxgloves and rabbits’ tails to 1950s African-diaspora designers, from plastic and tartan to contemporary menswear and South Korean popular culture, the
V&A’s ambitious exhibitions programme 2022-2023 is both unashamedly global and beautifully intimate in scale. As the world reawakens from a brutal year of narrowed horizons, our V&A South Kensington and V&A Dundee exhibitions mix the historic with the contemporary and academic rigour with pop-culture phenomena to showcase the best of art, design and performance – and help to foster an engaged, reflexive and culturally attuned U.K.”

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