Past Exhibitions and Displays 2006
A Show of Emotion: Victorian Sentiment in Prints & Drawings
7 December 2006 - 10 September 2007
Sentimental subjects span many genres of artistic expression, from highly finished exhibition watercolours to music sheet covers. In Victorian England these scenes of tender feeling became associated with the domestic sphere, as they were ideal for display in family rooms and traditionally female spaces such as the parlour. Many of the works in this exhibition had mass appeal and were used in periodicals and advertising. This unashamed commercialism contributed to the reputation of sentiment as an expression of insincere emotion, and the popularity of such pictures was bound up in questions of taste.
Christmas Tree 2006
6 December 2006 - 5 January 2007
British fashion and homeware designer Jasper Conran has designed an enchanting Christmas tree for the V&A's Grand Entrance.
24 November 2006 - 28 January 2007
Presented by the V&A and PlayStation and created by United Visual Artists, Volume was a sculpture of light and sound made up of a series of light columns. It was positioned dramatically in the centre of the the V&A’s John Madejski Garden.
On the Threshold: The Changing Face of Housing
2 November 2006 - 27 May 2007
From the legacies of iconic schemes to experimental contemporary designs and future ideas, this exhibition looks at and under the residential skin. The external housing shell – its face to the world and the threshold spaces it creates – both individual and communal – such as front gardens, porches, roof-terraces and balconies - contributes to our picture and sense of what ‘home’ means to each one of us, and gives a shared sense of belonging.
Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour
10 October - 17 December 2006
This exhibition focussed on contemporary photography and video, exploring the ways in which the theme of twilight has inspired artists who strive to record and replicate the ambiguity of the moment between night and day. Twilight included work by both established and emerging artists from around the world including Philip-Lorca di Corcia, Gregory Crewdson, Bill Henson, Robert Adams, Chrystel Lebas, Liang Yue and Ori Gersht.
Festivals, Ceremonies & Customs: Sir Benjamin Stone & the National Photographic Record Association
6 October 2006 - 14 January 2007
In 1897, Queen Victoria's Jubilee year, Sir Benjamin Stone announced the formation of the National Photographic Record Association (NPRA). Its aim was to record the ancient buildings, folk customs and other 'survivals' of historical interest for the future.
At Home in Renaissance Italy
5 October 2006 - 7 January 2007
At Home in Renaissance Italy revealed for the first time the Renaissance interior’s central role in the flourishing of Italian art and culture, showcasing masterpieces by Donatello, Carpaccio, Botticelli, Titian and Veronese, and exquisite treasures from the Medici and other private collections. With rich displays of paintings, furnishings and cherished family possessions from the palazzi of Tuscany and the Veneto, At Home in Renaissance Italy presented an entirely fresh look at the Renaissance.
Leonardo da Vinci : Experience, Experiment and Design
14 September 2006 - 7 January 2007
For the first time, the V&A explored Leonardo’s role as a scientist, technician and designer through his incredible legacy of manuscripts and drawings. These rare artefacts were featured alongside sophisticated animation techniques that brought Leonardo’s unique vision to life.
Che Guevara: Revolutionary and Icon
7 June – 28 August 2006
Che Guevara: Revolutionary and Icon focused on the narrative of this single image, bringing together photography, posters, film, fine art and clothing from more than 30 countries - from Madonna’s album American Life to Pedro Meyer’s American Five Dollar Bill.
6 June 2006 - 25 February 2007
This exhibition explored the development of Sixties fashion from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, celebrating the contribution made by young British designers to a world-wide fashion revolution.
The Edwardian Eye of Andrew Pitcairn-Knowles
18 May - 16 July 2006
The Edwardian Eye of Andrew Pitcairn-Knowles displayed highlights from the recently acquired archive of an Edwardian photojournalist, showing sports and street life across Europe during the belle époque.
Modernism: Designing a New World
6 April - 23 July 2006
This major exhibition was the first to explore Modernism in the designed world from a truly international perspective, in terms of all the arts. This exhibition offered a fundamental reassessment of the idea of Modernism and, in doing so, offered a definition of this widely-used but rarely defined term.
The Modern Shop: Architecture & Shopping Between the Wars
2 March - 4 June 2006
In the 1920s and 1930s architects produced a number of striking shop designs in Britain. Influenced by the 1925 Paris Exhibition and other Continental examples, many shops and chain stores rebuilt their premises, or at least modernised their façades. Architects became interested in shop design, using marble, neon and chrome, and critics praised the way in which the Modern Movement revitalised this sphere of design. Many of these innovative interiors and façades are now sadly gone.
20 February - 7 May 2006
John Riddy (born 1959, Northampton) is interested in places and the passing of time. He is renowned for his black and white prints of urban architectural spaces, but his latest photographs are in colour. They explore the relationship between the traditional and modern landscapes of Japan. Layering the urbanised small town of Shin-Fuji with the natural beauty of Mount Fuji, Riddy contrasts the polar opposites - rural and urban, old and new, natural and artificial - for which modern Japan is famous.
Anna Piaggi: Fashion-ology
2 February - 23 April 2006
This exhibition looked at Piaggi's trend naming and the clothes that inspired them. Anna Piaggi is unique. She is a fashion reporter, editor, divinor of trends, designers’ muse and self-styled icon. 'Fashion-ology' refers to her idiosynchratic way of looking at clothes. With her own take on scientific precision, an attitude rather than a method, she has for over 30 years told the new stories about fashion.
POPAGANDA: The Fashion & Style of JC de Castelbajac
1 February - 1 May 2006
The display looked at the variety of Castelbajac's work, including jackets made from toys, camouflage and parachute ball gowns and 'pop art' dresses. There were also examples of his accessories line and interior design products.
Jem Southam: Path to a Picture
No Date Given
Jem Southam (born Bristol 1950) is one of the UK's leading photographers. He is renowned for his series of colour landscape photographs, beginning in the 1970s and continuing until the present. His trademark is the patient observation of changes at a single location over many months or years.