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V&A Contemporary Space - BRILLIANT

12 Feb - 25 Apr 04

The V&A is staging its first exhibition of contemporary lighting. Brilliant features nine dramatic light installations and a dazzling display of domestic lights by some of the world's leading designers. The exhibition in the V&A's Contemporary Space opens on 12 February 2004.

The light installations in the first gallery are by Ron Arad, Ingo Maurer, Sharon Marston, Tord Boontje, Georg Baldele, Francesco Draisci, Kazuhiro Yamanaka, Paul Cocksedge and Arik Levy.

The second part of the exhibition features hundreds of domestic lights and 'light-objects' by designers who have produced some of the most exciting and innovative products of recent years including Tom Dixon, Marcel Wanders, Gitta Gschwendtner and Karim Rashid.

The exhibition includes lighting from the strictly functional to the wildly ostentatious. It will show the range of new lighting forms, fabrics and technologies from domestic lamps to futuristic lighted textiles.

A light installation 'Field of Light' by Bruce Munro will illuminate the V&A's elegant garden during the exhibition.

Brilliant is accompanied by a book Brilliant: Lights & Lighting (£14.95, paperback) published by V&A Publications. This is the first title in a new design series called V&A Contemporary.

Jane Pavitt is the curator of Brilliant and author of the accompanying book. She is the University of Brighton Research Fellow at the V&A and has curated successful exhibitions at the V&A including She writes and lectures on 20th century and contemporary design, and is also the author of an architectural guide to Prague (Manchester University Press, 2000).

Notes to Editors
· Entry to Brilliant is FREE
· Entry to the V&A is FREE
· A series of events to coincide with the exhibition are listed on the web site:
· High quality downloadable images are available free on
· For general enquiries: 020 7942 2000.
· For further information on book please contact Claire Sawford PR on 020 7722 4114 NOT FOR PUBLICATION

For further PRESS information, please contact Helen Beeckmans, on 020 7942 2503. Email: NOT FOR PUBLICATION


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