The Victoria and Albert Museum (or V&A) is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. With over 4.5 million items, 145 galleries, and 5000 years of art being explored – the V&A is an unmissable London attraction. Its exhibitions are constantly changing and showcasing different artists, eras of art or Ancient civilizations.
So, what’s on next at the V&A? Here are a few, of many, exhibitions coming up over the next few months.
You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70
10th September 2016 to 26th February 2017
This title, inspired by the 1968 Beatles song of the same name, is perfect in encapsulating the rebellion, colour and counter-culture turbulence of the late nineteen-sixties.
This major V&A exhibition uses the music, fashion and the political activism of the time to help recreate a world of optimism, riot and aspiration – much like the world it originally came from.
Viewers are given a musical lesson on the likes of Jimi Hendrix and The Who as well as a historical look into The Paris Protests of 1968, World Fairs, and Woodstock 1969. Viewers will leave with considering how these vital years of expression changed the world forever.
Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
16th April 2016 until 12th March 2017
This is an exhibition (going on until March next year at the V&A) that explores the relationship between underwear and fashion from the 18th century to the present day. How has underwear shaped our views on the female form? Or our ideas of luxury and royalty? This is an interesting and unique look into a secretive world of undergarments that will take you through history and under the dress.
There are more than 200 items in this exhibition, including 18th-century ‘stays’ that working woman wore and the evolution of bras and corsets throughout the last 200 years. Each item covers notions of practicality, sexuality, morality and beauty.
London Life And Times: Medieval To Modern 1066-2000
21ST SEPTEMBER 2016 TO 12TH JULY 2017
This exhibition explores the history of London, a city with one of the most rich and diverse pasts in the world. Filled with architectural wonders, iconic masterpieces, forward thinking business districts and legendary stories – this city has seen the rise and fall of Kings, civilizations and eras, has lived through wars and fires. The likes of William Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys, Charles Dickens, Sherlock Holmes, and Jimi Hendrix made their mark here. And now, the V&A wants show the world London’s story over the last thousand years through a vast collection covering the artefacts, architecture, cultures and customs of London from 1066.