International Touring Exhibitions for Hire

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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For more information about V&A touring exhibitions for hire, please contact:

Dr. Catherine Putz
Head of Touring Exhibitions
T: +44 (0) 207 942 2315
E: c.putz@vam.ac.uk

 


Poster for Canadian Pacific Railway by J. R. Tooby, English, 1920 – 31

Poster for Canadian Pacific Railway by J. R. Tooby, English, 1920 – 31

Ocean Liners

The great age of ocean travel has long since past but ocean liners remain one of the
most powerful and admired symbols of 20th century modernity. No form of
transport was so romantic, so remarkable or so contested. The exhibition is the
first to focus on all aspects of the design of these ‘floating palaces’, from
interiors and baggage to engineering to the travel experience itself. The exhibition
tells this story through ship models, drawings, posters, sculptures, paintings, books,
interiors, photographs, fashion, film and oral history.

Size: Approx 1000 m2
Available from 2018


Fragile Future Concrete Chandelier, designed by Studio Drift, The Netherlands, 2011

Fragile Future Concrete Chandelier, designed by Studio Drift, The Netherlands, 2011

What is Luxury?

What is Luxury? interrogates ideas of luxury today and in the future, addressing how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity. Extraordinary works of craftsmanship are on display including a couture gown by fashion designer Iris van Herpen and haute horlogerie by watchmaker George Daniels, alongside more unexpected projects which explore the cultural value of materials such as gold, diamonds and plastic. The future of luxury is explored alongside 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


Act Up poster by Avram Finkelstein, 1986

Act Up poster by Avram Finkelstein, 1986

Disobedient Objects

This is an exhibition about out-designing authority and how politically active objects can change the world. Many of today’s rights and liberties 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. 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 our senses and our competitive instincts, and has 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. Headshot reveals 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


Margo Humphrey, ‘The History of Her Life Written Across Her Face’, 1992

Margo Humphrey, ‘The History of Her Life Written Across Her Face’, 1992

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 City

This exhibition presents 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 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 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 game, English ca. 1900

Chess game, English ca. 1900

Game Plan: 500 Years of Board Games

This exhibition presents some of the most iconic 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. The exhibition spans 500 years, from the origins of game playing in the Middle East to 20th century classics such as Monopoly and the digital games of today. Game Plan invites 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


Gianfranco Ferré advert, photograph by Gian Paolo Barbieri, F/W 1991

Gianfranco Ferré advert, photograph by Gian Paolo Barbieri, F/W 1991

Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945

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 & Gabbana and Prada, as well as the new generation of fashion talent.

Size: Approx 900 m2
Available from 2016


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 2016


Embroidered bed or wall hanging for the English market, Gujarat, ca.1680 - 1700 (detail)

Embroidered bed or wall hanging for the English market, Gujarat, ca.1680 - 1700 (detail)

The Fabric of India

This promises to be the most wide-ranging and visually exciting exhibition of South Asian textiles ever mounted. Exploring the extraordinary skills of South Asian textile makers and 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 foreign export from the 3rd to the 21st century.  Drawing on the V&A’s own world-class collection, as well as important loans, objects include fashion, three-dimensional furnishings such as tents and bed-hangings and textiles by contemporary artists.

Size: Approx 900 m2
Available from 2016


Sydney Opera House, Arup with Jørn Utzon, 1958 – 1973

Sydney Opera House, Arup with Jørn Utzon, 1958 – 1973

Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design

Ove Arup is the most influential engineer of the 20th century and the pioneer of a multidisciplinary process-driven approach to design. Organising the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design communicates the wonder and importance of engineering in our everyday life and celebrates the engineer as a creative force. Together, historical and contemporary materials communicate how Ove Arup’s design ideals continue to be relevant today in the context of the biggest urban problems facing the world: material scarcity, environmental sustainability, mobility, urban growth and security and safety.

Size: Approx 300-400 m2
Available from 2016



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 considers 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


George Harrison by Richard Avedon, 1967

George Harrison by Richard Avedon, 1967

Revolutions: Records and Rebels 1966-1970

This exhibition explores the cultural upheaval of the late 1960s and the freedom and opportunity expressed through music, art, fashion, graphics, design, TV, film, photography, performance, and literature. Viewed from the 21st century perspective, the exhibition is an odyssey through some of the greatest era defining moments, from the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix, from Swinging London to Woodstock. A series of theatrical environments 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 exhibition investigates 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


 
Corset, 1864

Corset, 1864

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 2015

Vivien Leigh in her dressing room, Hollywood, ca. 1960

Vivien Leigh in her dressing room, Hollywood, ca. 1960

Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives

Drawing on objects from the Vivien Leigh Archive, recently acquired by the V&A, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the private life of the UK’s first international film star, one of the most celebrated actors of the twentieth century. Married to actor Laurence Olivier from 1940 to 1960, the couple co-starred in plays and films and were greeted on their various tours with the enthusiasm generally reserved for visiting royalty. Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives reveals never-before-seen material, including letters, diaries, photographs, costume sketches and annotated scripts.

Size: Approx 200-300 m2
Available from 2015


La Meilleure de Toutes Les Encres by Eugène Samuel Grasset, poster, French, 1892

La Meilleure de Toutes Les Encres by Eugène Samuel Grasset, poster, French, 1892

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

The National Art Library at the V&A is an encyclopaedic resource for designers of the future, originally conceived as part of an educational project to reform arts and manufacture in Britain following the Great Exhibition of 1851. For ceramicist and writer Edmund de Waal it is still today the “starting place for understanding how the arts are refracted into words and how words can make art happen”. Featuring treasures from the library’s extensive collection, this exhibition explores the role of the book in art and design, positioning the book as both an educational tool and an object of aesthetic beauty, focusing on illustration, photography, graphic design, fashion and artists’ publications.

Size: Approx 300 m2
Available from 2015



Orphrey showing St. John, English, 1430 – 40 (detail)

Orphrey showing St. John, English, 1430 – 40 (detail)

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 which were eagerly sought after by Emperors, Kings and Popes. The inherent fragility and the value of the materials make them vulnerable to damage and destruction. The V&A’s collection of these masterworks, few of which survive, is the largest and most important in the world. Exploring the makers, their trade, the buyers and patrons, and the techniques used to produce these textiles, this exhibition tells the story of how 14th century English embroidery rose 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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Strawberry Thief Free iPad Game

Strawberry Thief by BAFTA award winning games designer Sophia George is a playful celebration of the work of Victorian designer William Morris. Uncover the famous Arts and Crafts design by drawing on your screen with your finger and watch your iPad transform from blank paper to an animated masterpiece.

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Event - What is Luxury?

Sat 25 April 2015–Sun 27 September 2015

EXHIBITION: The third in the series of Crafts Council partnership exhibitions, What is Luxury? will
present exceptional examples of contemporary design and craftsmanship alongside conceptual
projects which interrogate fundamental ideas of luxury, its production and future.

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