International Touring

The V&A is committed to promoting and supporting art, design and architecture internationally. The V&A's extensive international touring programme stages exhibitions which combine world renown curatorial expertise with exceptional objects both from the V&A and other institutional and private collections. Working with partners, including some of the world's leading venues, the V&A prides itself on high quality, innovative exhibition presentations. These exhibitions showcase a range of narratives and objects across diverse academic, cultural, art and design disciplines with wide audience appeal.

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Studio Drift, ‘Fragile Future Chandelier’, 2011. © Studio Drift, FF3 CC, Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Studio Drift, ‘Fragile Future Chandelier’, 2011. © Studio Drift, FF3 CC, Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery

What is Luxury?

What is Luxury? will interrogate ideas of luxury today. It will address how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity. Extraordinary works of craftsmanship will be on display including a couture gown by fashion designer Iris van Herpen and fine examples of haute horlogerie by British watchmaker George Daniels, alongside more unexpected projects which explore the cultural value of materials such as gold, diamonds and plastic. The future of luxury will be explored, asking questions about the role that time, space, privacy, well-being, social inclusivity and access to resources and skill may play in determining our choices and aspirations.

Size: Approx 350 m2
Available from 2015


Barbara Nessim, Star Girl Banded with Blue Wave, silkscreen print on canvas, 1966

Barbara Nessim, Star Girl Banded with Blue Wave, silkscreen print on canvas, 1966

Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life

This exhibition is an overview of the work of the internationally renowned artist and illustrator Barbara Nessim. Based on Nessim’s generous gift to the V&A, the exhibition spans the five decades of her career and includes her drawings, her work for magazines such as Time, her advertising campaigns for companies including Levi’s and her pioneering use of the computer as an artistic tool. The exhibition is arranged chronologically, ranging from sketchbooks and prints to computer graphics and ceramics. Also included is material by other artists from the V&A’s collections, placing Nessim’s work into context.

Size: Approx 200-300 m2
Available: From 2015


Guerrilla Girls poster, 1990s

Guerrilla Girls poster, 1990s

Disobedient Objects

This is an exhibition about out-designing authority, examining how politically active objects can change the world. Many of the rights and liberties we enjoy today were won by disobedience and objects have played a crucial role in grassroots struggles for social change. Since the 1980s creative forms of trouble-making have multiplied in response to new technologies and political challenges. From Suffragette teapots to protest drones, this exhibition showcases activist objects that are both politically effective and aesthetically powerful – the products of strong convictions and playful inventiveness. They tell a story of people refusing to be passive subjects, taking history into their own hands in order to remake the world.

Size: Approx 400 m2
Available: From 2016


Minecraft V&A Friday Late, August 2013

Minecraft V&A Friday Late, August 2013

Headshot, A Philosophy of Video Games

Without video games we would see the world differently. Whether you’re a gamer or not, the imaginative range of this design medium has challenged not just our visual and aural senses or our competitive instincts, games have given us new tools for thinking about birth, life, love, existence, community and death. This exhibition proposes to take seriously these new concepts as a kind of philosophy, and see how the tools, techniques and influences of video game designers have a powerful hold on our imaginations. This exhibition will reveal the design layers within the games, including the work of programmers and animators, architects and product designers, costume, set and sound designers together with cinematographers and scriptwriters.

Size: Approx 400 m2
Available: From 2017


Chris Ofili, Regal, UK, 2000. Courtesy the Artist and Counter Editions © Chris Ofili

Chris Ofili, Regal, UK, 2000. Courtesy the Artist and Counter Editions © Chris Ofili

In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora

Prints and posters are a democratic means of communication and cultural exchange, and they connect to a long tradition of publicly circulated satire and protest. Spanning more than 40 years, In Black and White brings together a diverse selection of fine art prints, posters, multiples, artists’ books and printed ephemera by artists from Africa and the African Diaspora. Reflecting their social and political context, these prints are powerful graphic expressions of personal and cultural identity, as seen through the prisms of history, memory, race and gender.

Size: Approx 250-350 m2
Available from 2015 


Grisoni, A Masquerade at the King's Theatre, Haymarket, Oil on Canvas, c. 1724

Grisoni, A Masquerade at the King's Theatre, Haymarket, Oil on Canvas, c. 1724

Opera

This exhibition will present a vivid history of opera, from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day. Structured through seven opening nights, evoking the excitement and the anxiety of the premiere of a new work on the stage, objects, costumes and fine art works will construct a cultural landscape of Europe, focusing on Venice, London, Vienna, Paris, Milan, Dresden and St Petersburg. Powerful and universal narratives of love, war, music, money, patriotism and tragedy will grip the visitor as the story of opera unravels a series of extraordinary events and characters, reflecting moments of historic change and revolution.

Size: Approx 1000 m2
Available: From 2018


Chess set, Rajasthan, mid 19th century

Chess set, Rajasthan, mid 19th century

Game Plan: 500 Years of Board Games

This exhibition will present some of the most iconic, enthralling and often unpredictable games from the national collection of board games held by the V&A Museum of Childhood. Board games have a universal appeal, they are played by everyone, young and old, and can transcend the barriers of culture and language. Games can mirror our lives and both teach and entertain us. Tracing the origins of game playing in the Middle East, the exhibition spans 500 years, from a unique and richly decorated German game of 1535, to twentieth-century classics such as Monopoly and the digital games of today. Game Plan will invite the whole family to explore the histories and stories of the less well-known games of the past and much loved family favourites.

Size: Approx 300 m2
Available: From 2018


Evening Dress by Roberto Capucci, 1987-88

Evening Dress by Roberto Capucci, 1987-88

The Glamour of Italian Fashion

This is the first major exhibition to examine Italy’s rich contribution to modern fashion from the end of the Second World War to today, exploring the fashion and design which turned ‘Made in Italy’ into the mark of style. Focusing on themes including the concept of luxury, fine tailoring, Italian style and the cult of the fashion designer, the exhibition showcases around 100 ensembles alongside tailoring, menswear designs, shoes, handbags and jewellery. Fashion houses featured include Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Dolce and Gabbana and Prada, as well as the new generation of fashion talent.

Size: Approx 900 m2
Tour fully booked


Horst P. Horst, Summer Fashions, American Vogue cover, 15 May, 1941. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst P. Horst, Summer Fashions, American Vogue cover, 15 May, 1941. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst: Photographer of Style

A revered figure in the world of fashion image-making, Horst charted sixty years of style, from dresses of the 1930s to interiors of the 1980s, working with the leading publications Vogue and House and Garden, to create images of rarefied glamour. He is credited with the promotion of the fashion model, and worked closely with some of the greatest, including Lisa Fonssagrives and Helen Bennett in the 1930s, Carmen and Suzy Parker in the 1940s and 50s, and Veruschka a decade later. The exhibition explores the processes behind some of his most famous images and his fascinating and rarely exhibited experimental work, travel photography, accomplished abstracts and Surrealist still-lifes

Size: 500 m2
Available: From 2015


Floorspread (detail), printed and dyed cotton, Mughal, late 17th century. V&A, IM 77-1938.

Floorspread (detail), printed and dyed cotton, Mughal, late 17th century. V&A, IM 77-1938.

The Fabric of India

This promises to be the most wide-ranging and visually exciting exhibition of South Asian textiles ever mounted. Spanning the 3rd to 21st centuries, it will showcase the extraordinary skills of South Asian textile makers and explore how their creations were used in palaces, villages and places of worship. This exhibition includes many of the finest pieces made for local markets and for export to Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia. It will show how the designs of these textiles were adapted to suit the tastes of foreign consumers. Drawing on the V&A’s own world-class collection, as well as important loans, objects will include fashion, three-dimensional furnishings such as tents and bed-hangings and textiles by contemporary artists.

Size: Approx 900 m2
Available: From 2016


Julia Margaret Cameron, Circe, c. 1865

Julia Margaret Cameron, Circe, c. 1865

Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79) was one of the most important photographers of the nineteenth century. Her photographic career began at the age of 48 when she received a camera as a gift from her eldest daughter. She quickly and energetically devoted herself to the art of photography, creating ambitious and experimental compositions. Drawn entirely from the V&A’s rich collection of Cameron photographs, many of which were acquired directly from the artist herself, this exhibition celebrates the bicentenary of Julia Margaret Cameron’s birth.

Size: 300 m2
Tour fully booked



NXT-01 Chair, designed by Peter Karpf, 1991

NXT-01 Chair, designed by Peter Karpf, 1991

Plywood

Versatile, cheap and accessible, this exhibition explores the many ways plywood has been utilised both historically and in more recent times. The exhibition will consider plywood as the building block of boats, aircraft and military applications, as well as more recent use as a green building material. Plywood has been an important medium of experimentation for modernist designers, and the exhibition features key works by Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Size: 500 m2
Available from 2018


Poster for 14 Hour Technicolour Dream by Michael McInnerney, 1967

Poster for 14 Hour Technicolour Dream by Michael McInnerney, 1967

Revolutions: Records and Rebels 1966-1970

This exhibition will investigate the cultural upheaval of the late 1960s and the explosive sense of freedom and opportunity expressed through music, art, fashion, graphics, design, TV, film, photography, performance, and literature. Viewed from the perspective of the 21st century, the exhibition will be an odyssey through some of the greatest music and era defining moments of the 20th century, from the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix, from Swinging London to Woodstock. A series of theatrical environments will take the visitor across the globe, evoking the revolutions that were taking place in people’s minds and on the streets, in London, America and Europe. The show will investigate whether the changes in the 1960s constitute a revolution and whether these revolutions shape the way we live now.

Size: Approx 1000 m2
Available from 2017


 
Evening shoes manufactured by Rayne, with ornament by Josiah Wedgewood & Sons, 1960s

Evening shoes manufactured by Rayne, with ornament by Josiah Wedgewood & Sons, 1960s

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Featuring highlights from the V&A’s outstanding collection of Asian and Western footwear, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain explores our obsession with footwear through the ages. The exhibition looks at how humans encase their feet in elaborate and highly decorative footwear, sometimes with little consideration for functionality or suitability. It highlights London’s role as one of the leading capitals of shoe design, by showcasing internationally acclaimed designers such as Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo alongside the work of cutting edge designers, such as Camilla Skovgaard and Nicholas Kirkwood.

Size: Approx 300 m2
Tour fully booked


Lillian Bassman for Harper’s Bazaar, c. 1948

Lillian Bassman for Harper’s Bazaar, c. 1948

Undressed: 350 years of Underwear in Fashion

Featuring highlights from the V&A’s extensive collection of underwear, this exhibition looks at the history of private and intimate clothing, from corsets to mantuas and from boudoir wear to nightwear. It explores the manipulation of the body and the importance of foundation garments to the fashionable silhouette. It is accompanied by two major new publications on the subject.

Size: Approx 300 m2
Available: From 2017

Vivien Leigh on the film set of 'That Hamilton Woman', 1941

Vivien Leigh on the film set of 'That Hamilton Woman', 1941

Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives

This exhibition will focus on Vivien Leigh as an enduring icon of stage and screen, providing a glimpse into the person and private life of the UK’s first international film star. One of the most celebrated actors of the twentieth century, Leigh won two Academy Awards – for her roles in Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar named Desire (1951) – and enjoyed a distinguished stage career. Married to actor Laurence Olivier from 1940-1960, the couple co-starred in plays and films and were greeted on their various tours with the enthusiasm generally reserved for visiting royalty. Drawing on objects from the Vivien Leigh Archive, recently acquired by the V&A, this exhibition will reveal never-before-seen material, including letters, diaries, photographs, costume sketches and annotated scripts.

Size: Approx 200-300 m2
Available from 2015


Manuscript. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Manuscript. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the National Art Library at the V&A

The National Art Library (NAL) was formed by and for artists and designers as an essential element of the educational project of Prince Albert and Henry Cole after the Great Exhibition of 1851. In the words of its first Librarian, ‘except a special Museum of actual manufactures, there can be no more direct agent for conveying palpable ideas to the mind, but while the Museum is necessarily limited, the library is in a measure infinite’. Using treasures from the NAL’s collection, this exhibition shows how the unique quality of the library’s collections derive from its association with those driving design reform and running a national system of art education.

Size: Approx 450 m2
Available: From 2015


Valentina Kulagina, ‘1905. The Road to October’, USSR, 1929

Valentina Kulagina, ‘1905. The Road to October’, USSR, 1929

A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution

This exhibition looks at a century of posters agitating for political change. From the ‘Votes for Women’ campaigns of the early twentieth century to the recent Occupy movements, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise. The exhibition will present around seventy posters drawn from the V&A collection, including new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest in the UK, Russia and the Middle East. It will feature the work of diverse artists, graphic designers and print collectives.

Size: Approx 150-350 m2
Available: From 2016


Fragment of a cope, England, about 1295-1315

Fragment of a cope, England, about 1295-1315

The Work of England: Luxury Embroideries of the Middle Ages

During the Middle Ages, England acquired an unparalleled international reputation for the quality of its precious embroidered textiles. For a time, in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, these works were eagerly sought after by Emperors, Kings and Popes, reflecting the status of luxury textiles as among the highest-status commodities of the day. Few of these masterworks survive, their inherent fragility as well as the value of their materials making them vulnerable to damage and destruction, but the V&A holds the largest and most important collection in the world. This exhibition explores the makers of these textiles, the organisation of their trade, the buyers and patrons, and the techniques used to produce these objects. It tells the story of how English embroidery, outstanding in its skill and beauty, rose during the fourteenth century to pre-eminence in Europe.

Size: Approx 200-300 m2
Available from 2017

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Aladdin Sane by Brian Duffy (V&A Tour Edition)||RLCTB

Aladdin Sane by Brian Duffy (V&A Tour Edition)||RLCTB

Aladdin Sane - V&A Tour Edition Brian Duffy photographs for the Aladdin Sane album cover, 1973 Created for the V&A David Bowie is Tour by the…

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Event - Liberty Style

Thu 29 January 2015 15:00

The story of Liberty’s is the story of design. The brand has been an international byword for style and innovation since 1875, when Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened the doors of the Regent street shop.

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