Past Exhibitions and Displays 2013
Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s
10 July 2013 - 16 February 2014.
Through more than 85 outfits, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s showcased the bold and exciting new looks by the most experimental young designers of the decade.
21 September 2013 - 19 January 2014
In this exhibition the V&A and the Qatar Museums Authority explored the history of pearls from the early Roman Empire through to present day.
Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900
26 October 2013 – 19 January 2014
This exhibition brought together the finest examples of Chinese painting from the beginning of the 8th to the end of the 19th century from small-scale intimate works by monks and literati through to scroll paintings over 14 metres long, many of which had never before been seen in the UK.
Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces
16 March 2013 – 5 January 2014
This display brought together Sickert’s paintings with objects and ephemera from the V&A’s collections to explore the culture of the music halls.
'Tomorrow' - Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A
1 October 2013 - 2 January 2014
The V&A commissioned leading contemporary artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset to create a major site-specific installation in the former Textile Galleries.
V&A Illustration Awards 2013
4 June - 1 December 2013
The V&A Illustration Awards celebrated the best illustration published over the last year. Artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, editorial illustration and student illustrator of the year were recognised.
Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace
18 June - 20 October 2013
If you could keep only one memory, what would it be? Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace was a walk-in story that brought to life a new work of fiction by the author Hari Kunzru. This narrative world was visualised through a series of commissions by 20 internationally acclaimed illustrators, graphic designers and typographers.
The Art of Seeing Nature: The Oil Sketches of John Constable
17 December 2012 – 22 September 2013
This display of 49 oil sketches traced the development of Constable's style from early studies of the 'Constable Country' of Suffolk and Essex to his atmospheric views of Hampstead, Brighton and Salisbury, rapidly painted in the open air, and closes with highly expressive late works.
Research on Paintings: Art History and Connoisseurship
17 December 2012 – 22 September 2013
The display presented the most notable discoveries of recent research on the V&A's collection of European paintings with a particular focus on 11 Italian, Netherlandish and French works painted between the early 15th and the early 19th centuries.
Beatrix Potter and the Beautiful Satin Waistcoat
19 March – 15 September 2013
When preparing illustrations for The Tailor of Gloucester (1903) Beatrix Potter sought inspiration for the Mayor's coat and embroidered waistcoat in 18th century costumes at her local museum, the V&A. Her sketches of the costumes are so accurate that it is possible to identify the original garments that inspired her, including a beautiful satin waistcoat, 'worked with poppies and corn-flowers'.
David Bowie is
23 March – 11 August 2013
The V&A was given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. David Bowie is featured more than 300 objects that include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie's own instruments.
Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars
9 March - 14 July 2013
From Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to Ivan the Terrible and the early Romanovs, this exhibition told the story of diplomacy between the British Monarchy and the Russian Tsars through more than 150 magnificent objects. Included in the exhibition were royal portraits, costume, jewellery, armour and heraldry.
Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life
15 February - 19 May 2013
This display provided an overview of the career of the American artist and designer Barbara Nessim, from the 1960s to the present day. The display included sketchbooks, prints, drawings, photographs, computer graphics, ceramics, artist’s books and other printed publications.