LAST CHANCE TO SEE:
ART DECO 1910-1939
27 March * 20 July 2003
Sponsored by Ernst & Young
The V&A's major exhibition ?Art Deco 1910-1939' is the most comprehensive
ever staged on one of the most glamorous and popular of all artistic styles.
It is the first to explore Art Deco as a global phenomenon affecting cities
as far apart as Paris, New York, Bombay and Shanghai. It examines how
Art Deco brought an exotic, vibrant style to the most precious and exclusive
works of art as well as to mass produced objects which were widely available.
Art Deco 1910-1939 traces the development of Art Deco from its emergence
in Europe before the First World War to its global popularity in the 1930s.
The exhibition features
more than 350 objects including painting, sculpture, furniture, jewellery,
fashion, film and photography.
part of the foyer of the Strand Palace Hotel, London, which the V&A
has restored especially for the exhibition; works from Ruhlmann's influential
Art Deco Grand Salon, exhibited at the Paris Exhibition of 1925; exquisite
Cartier Art Deco jewellery; paintings and sculpture by Fernand L*ger,
Tamara de Lempicka, Sonia and Robert Delaunay and Constantin Brancusi;
and fashion by Jeanne Lanvin, Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaperelli and Madeleine
NIGHT VIEWINGS FOR ART DECO EXHIBITION
The V&A's highly popular Art Deco exhibition will be open until 10pm
every Friday and Saturday evening from Friday 27 June until Saturday 19
July. The exhibition will also open until 10pm on the last day, Sunday
Art Deco is proving
a huge success and is expected to be the most popular exhibition ever
at the V&A. The museum is opening late on these evenings to help as
many visitors as possible have the opportunity to see the show.
17 April * 17 August 2003
The V&A is staging the first retrospective of Guy Bourdin, the influential
photographer known for his intense and dramatic fashion photographs. Bourdin's
high-profile years, in the 1970s, saw his images featured on the pages
of top fashion magazines. His editorial and advertising photography broke
with the conventions of fashion imagery in radical ways. His photographs
of carefully staged narratives plunge the viewer into a fantasy world
of glamour, pleasure, danger and suspense. Bourdin made it clear, as no
other photographer before him had done, that we are seduced by the fashion
image rather than the product the image promotes.
Bourdin also compulsively
photographed and filmed his observations of the world in which he moved.
The V&A's exhibition brings together both these published and private
aspects of his work for the first time. The exhibition is supported by
15 July * 2 May 2004
The V&A will this summer celebrate the work of Ossie Clark, one of
the most influential British fashion designers of the 60s and 70s. This
mini-retrospective, featuring more than 60 garments, along with sketchbooks
and photographs, will cover the period 1965-1974 when Clark's designs
helped define the spirit of fashionable London. From the maxi skirt to
the ?nude' look and the trouser suit, Clark's designs set new trends.
In addition, his collaboration with his wife, the textile and interior
designer Celia Birtwell, resulted in some of his best known and most popular
Ossie Clark was a
key figure in the world of photographers, designers, rock stars and other
celebrities who took London by storm in the 60s and 70s. The famous and
the fashionable wore Ossie Clark's designs including Marianne Faithfull,
Jimi Hendrix and Patti Boyd. He created jumpsuits for Mick Jagger, silk
dresses for Bianca Jagger and dressed Eartha Kitt in snakeskin. Fashion
icons like Twiggy, Veruschka, Jean Shrimpton and Penelope Tree modelled
the clothes while David Bailey and Guy Bourdin took the photographs. Celebrity
outfits in the show will include Twiggy's fur-lined snakeskin coat, the
dress Celia Birwell posed in for David Hockney's famous double portrait
Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy and Talhlita Getty's red cr*pe evening dress.
Sea and Sky:Photographs by Gustave Le Gray,1856-1857
8 May * 3 August 2003
The new Photography Gallery highlights works from the V&A's world-renowned
photography collection, shows displays of images by major photographers
and features new acquisitions. The opening display features the pioneering
seascapes by the 19th century French artist Gustave Le Gray (Sea and Sky:
Photographs by Gustave Le Gray, 1856-1857 - 8 May to 3 August 2003).
The new Photography
Gallery provides visitors with a superb resource, serving as an introduction
to the history of photography and to the national collection of the art
of photography. The photography collection began in 1852 and now holds
300,000 images including works by William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret
Cameron, Eadweard Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Henri Cartier-Bresson,
Bill Brandt, Irving Penn, William Eggleston and Cindy Sherman.
TEDDY BEAR STORY * 100 YEARS OF THE TEDDY BEAR
29 March * 31 December
Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green, a branch of the V&A
Teddy Bear Story * 100 years of the Teddy Bear celebrates our ongoing
affection for the teddy bear. Taking place at the Museum of Childhood
at Bethnal Green, part of the V&A, it is the most comprehensive exhibition
being staged to commemorate the teddy bear centenary.
Celebrity bears * including Rupert, Paddington, Winnie the Pooh, Sooty
and Aloysius from Brideshead Revisited.
The teddy bear from the film AI will be on show from 15 July. Some of
the oldest surviving bears feature alongside newer creations such as Philippe
Starck's contemporary teddy bear. Interactive and fun displays demonstrate
the hallmarks of individual manufacturers, and also highlight the roles
played by teddy bears in television, books, music, cartoons and charities.
Children are encouraged to draw and follow trails as they learn about
the history of the teddy bear.
Happy Mondays (21 July * 25 August): a series of lunchtime performances
and activities outside the Museum throughout the school holidays. This
will include a Teddy Bears' Picnic on 4 August. All free of charge.
Friday Late View
SHHH!!*MUSIC FOR MUSEUMS
An unmissable collaboration between the V&A and Les Inrockuptibles
* New French Music at the V&A Friday Late 25 July 2003 6.30pm-10.00pm
The latest in the hugely successful ?Shhh!!*Music for Museums' series
will be an unmissable collaboration between the V&A and cutting-edge
French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles.
The event showcases
some of the most exciting French musicians today and highlights the influence
of French sounds in the UK with live performances in the stunning Pirelli
garden and galleries of the V&A. This event is a rare opportunity
to see some of the hottest and newest French acts such as Trash Palace,
M83 and Les Clones. The V&A recommends advance booking for tickets
due to limited numbers. V&A Box Office 020 7942 2209.
SUMMER HOLIDAYS AT
THE V&A * PHOTOGRAPHY EVENTS FOR CHILDREN Trailblazers
19-26 July,11.00 - 17.00
Create a trail around the Museum using photography to chart your journey
and take away your own personal V&A map. Last camera issued at 16.00.
ID required as deposit for camera.
27-31 July, 11.00 - 17.00
Star in your own photo adventure! Work with an artist to draw a storyboard
and take a series of photos in the Museum to put together a photo story.
Last camera issued at 16.00. ID required as deposit for camera.
OTHER EVENTS FOR ADULTS
Art Deco Clay Heads
5-6 July, 11.00 * 13.00 and 14.00 * 16.00
Sculpt your very own Art Deco style head using clay.
Art Deco Festival
28 June * 2 July
A five day festival of fabulous Art Deco extravagance. Includes 1920s
and 1930s music, dancing, artists and craftspeople working on Deco-inspired
objects and activities.
5, 12, 19, 21-26, 28-31 July, 10.30 *17.00
Children can hoist a Back-Pack on their shoulders and embark upon an adventure
across the Museum. Back-Pack tours are full of exciting hands-on activities
related to the collections. Activities can last 30-45 minutes. For children
aged 5-12 years.
The Activity Cart
6, 13, 20, 27 July, 10.30 *17.00
Explore the Museum's collections through drawing and making activities.
Activities are suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years. All children
must be accompanied by an adult.
Family trails will be available daily. Filled with puzzles, drawing activities
and fun things to look at, family trails provide an activity sheet for
children and a supporting information sheet for adults. Don't forget to
bring a pencil!
FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL.
The V&A is open daily 10am - 5.45pm and until 10pm on Wednesdays.
The nearest underground station is South Kensington (Piccadilly, District
and Circle lines). For general information call 020 7942 2000. Website: