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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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 2014


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 2015


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


Spoon, engraved silver-gilt and coral, Germany, c. 1530-1540

Spoon, engraved silver-gilt and coral, Germany, c. 1530-1540

Luxury Redux

This exhibition will explore the dynamic parameters of luxury and address the role that skills-based design practices play in its iteration and critique. Today luxury has become a ubiquitous term, used to define a huge variety of objects, services and experiences. Rather than attempting to summarise luxury in a definitive capacity, this exhibition focuses on the central role of craftsmanship in constructing, defining, interpreting and interrogating the parameters of luxury within the broader spectrum of material culture, both today and throughout history.

Size: Approx 400 m2
Available: From 2015


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, Estrella Boissevain, hat and coat-dress by Bergdorf Goodman, 1938. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst P. Horst, Estrella Boissevain, hat and coat-dress by Bergdorf Goodman, 1938. © 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


Tent hanging or Qanat (detail), printed & painted cotton, Mughal India, late 17th – early 18th century

Tent hanging or Qanat (detail), printed & painted cotton, Mughal India, late 17th – early 18th century

Indian Textiles

This promises to be the most wide-ranging and visually exciting exhibition of South Asian textiles ever mounted. Spanning the 8th 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, South-East Asia and Japan. 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 Spring 2016


Nasser Al Salem, Kul (detail), ink on paper, 2012

Nasser Al Salem, Kul (detail), ink on paper, 2012

Jameel Prize 3

Awarded for the third time in 2013, this biannual prize is a new initiative exploring the cultural dialogue between Islamic artistic tradition and contemporary practice. The Jameel Prize is intended to inspire a new generation of designers and makers whose work has been influenced by traditional Islamic art and craft. The competition is international and open to artists and designers from any background and from anywhere in the world.

Size: 400 m2
Available: From 2014


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


Poster for 14 Hour Technicolour Dream by Michael McInnerney, 1967

Poster for 14 Hour Technicolour Dream by Michael McInnerney, 1967

Revolutions: 1966-1970 From the Turntables to the Street

Taking the late 1960s as the foundation for the way we live now, Revolutions: 1966-1970 investigates the explosive revolution in wider culture that occurred in the late 1960s. This major exhibition will use music and spectacular theatrical environments as a framework to consider momentous social, political, cultural and artistic changes in the late 60s. Marked by era defining moments, from the banning of LSD and the beginnings of psychedelia in 1966, through the euphoria of Woodstock in 1969 to the backlash of the Oz trial of 1971, dawned a uniquely creative and visual moment, expressed through music, art, performance, photography, graphic design, politics and the counter-culture. The ‘new society’ took many forms, but through an era of affluence, discovery, consumerism, outrageousness and fabulous music, it brought about a revolution.

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


Jean Froissart, Chronicles, printed by William Morris, 1897

Jean Froissart, Chronicles, printed by William Morris, 1897

Word and Image: Art and Design from the V&A’s Library

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


The Syon Cope, England, early 14th century

The Syon Cope, England, early 14th century

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

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

5 April - 27 July 2014. The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 is a comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to Italy's reputation for quality and style.

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

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

Aladdin Sane - Eyes Open. V&A Tour Edition Brian Duffy session photograph from the Aladdin Sane photo-shoot, 1973 Created for the V&A David B…

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Event - The Bookshop Band

Fri 02 May 2014 19:30

SPECIAL EVENT: Join the Bookshop Band, acclaimed folk trio, for an intimate concert of songs inspired by Shakespeare's plays, performed in the atmospheric surroundings of the V&A’s National Art Library.

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