FuturePlan: New Europe 1600 – 1800 Galleries

Design concept: Liberty, Luxury and Empire, 1760-1815. © ZMMA

Design concept: Liberty, Luxury and Empire, 1760-1815. © ZMMA

The new Europe 1600 – 1800 galleries will contain some of the most magnificent and elaborate works of art and design in the V&A collections. Around 1,100 objects will explore European art and design between 1600 and 1800, continuing the displays in the V&A’s award-winning Medieval & Renaissance Galleries and completing the restoration of the entire front wing of the Museum. Spectacular examples of textiles and fashion, painting and sculpture, ceramics and glass, furniture and metalwork, prints and books will all be represented in stunning new galleries, opening in 2014.

Themes will include:

  • Empires, courts and cities
  • Religion, war and politics
  • Travel, trade and migration
  • Science and the natural world
  • Craft, manufacture and design
  • Leisure, learning and sociability
  • Fashion, performance and etiquette


The V&A has appointed ZMMA to design its new Europe 1600-1800 galleries.

While the galleries are being developed, a touring exhibition 'Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600-1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum' will showcase highlights from the collections.

Blog: Creating the new Europe 1600 – 1800 Galleries


This development is part of FuturePlan

FuturePlan is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections. Using the best architects and designers, we are bringing the V&A into the 21st century and restoring modern design and innovation to the heart of the museum.

We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their generous support of this project.

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Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600-1800

Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600-1800

The V&A has one of the world's greatest collections of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European decorative art. 80 masterpieces from these mag…

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Event - Edmund de Waal

Tue 20 May 2014 18:30

EVENING TALK: Edmund de Waal is one of the world’s leading ceramic artists. His work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries in the UK and Europe and he is a renowned historian of the medium.

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