Details of the London Museum’s 2023 exhibition programme have been unveiled.

(c)Joan Marcus

The Victoria & Albert Museum have revealed the first details of its 2023 exhibition programme across all of its sites.

2023 will see several important exhibitions opening at the V&A in South Kensington which will range from the first ever major UK exhibition on Renaissance master Donatello, to a celebration of the power and creativity of the DIVA. Following the success of the V&A’s acclaimed fashion shows, Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto will be the first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of
French couturière, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, while a new display Re:Imagining Musicals, opening in late 2022, will showcase previously unseen items from the museum’s extensive Theatre and
Performance collections.

Meanwhile, the V&A based in Dundee will celebrate its fifth birthday with a new programme of exhibitions including Tartan, a radical new look at one of the world’s best-known fabrics
and Plastic: Remaking Our World, taking a fresh look at the promise and challenges of this extraordinary material.

Next year will also see the museum continuing with its programme of multi-site developments with Young V&A opening its doors as a new national museum and powerhouse of creativity for
children and young teenagers in summer 2023. In the year to opening, Young V&A’s Reinvent Festival, will see the museum engage all schools in Tower Hamlets and partner with a series of
creative organisations across east London and the UK.

Tristram Hunt, V&A Director, said: “We are delighted to announce such a broad programme of activity across the V&A’s growing family of sites, celebrating creativity in all its forms, from
captivating sculpture by Renaissance master Donatello, to the pioneering designs of couturier Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, and the global phenomenon – the diva. 2023 also sees the opening next summer of Young V&A, and V&A Dundee will be celebrating a landmark five years as Scotland’s design museum with a look at how Tartan became a world renowned fabric. The next year will also bring us closer to the opening of our new sites on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and we will be sharing activity and events happening throughout 2023 as we realise the ambitious V&A East projects. There is truly a celebration of global creativity across the V&A in 2023.”


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