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Come and see Modernism and get a glass of wine or a beer for only £5 on selected Wednesday evenings. Entry valid from 18.30-21.30 only on dates above. Subject to availability on production of valid NUS card at the V&A Admissions Desk. Not bookable in advance


Modernism: Designing a New World
Friday 14 & Saturday 15 July 2006

An international conference to expand on and offer insights into themes explored in the exhibition. The conference will consider a range of subjects. Conference chairs will include David Crowley and Adrian Forty.

Day One- Morning Session

Christopher Wilk
Exhibition Curator, V&A: Reflections on Exhibiting Modernism
Tag Gronberg
Birkbeck College, University of London: Josef Frank's Textiles: Fabrications for a Modern World
Petr Roubal
Charles University, Prague: The Czech Sokol: Body, Sport and Architecture
Ulrich Lehmann
V&A/RCA: Team Work: Collectivism and Modern Sport

Day One- Afternoon Session

Christina Lodder

St Andrew’s University: Workers’ Clubs and Constructing Modernism
Andrzej Szczerski
Jagiellonian University, Krakow: Gdynia - Modernism, Politics and National Utopia
Paul Betts
Sussex University: Politics and Continuities in 20th Century German Design: The case of Wilhelm Wagenfeld
Alan Powers
University of Greenwich: A Phantom Bauhaus? Reception and Influence in England

Day Two- Morning Session

Matthew Witkovsky
National Gallery of Art, Washington: Photography and the Historicist Turn in Interwar Modernism
Gennifer Weisenfeld
Duke University: Modernist Photography and Japanese Advertising
Jeremy Aynsley
History of Design, RCA: From Graphic Workshop to Design Agency: the new typography

Day Two- Afternoon Session

Tim Benton

Open University: Le Corbusier: Man of Concrete
Hilde Heynen
Catholic University of Leuven: Everyday Versions of Modernism. Post Second World War practices in Flanders
Ian Christie
Birkbeck College, University of London: Enchanted Modernism: The Post Second World War Reaction in Art and Cinema
Nancy Troy
University of Southern California: Designs on Mondrian—Avant-Garde and Kitsch

Tickets: Per day (includes admission to the exhibition and refreshments) Full, including V&A Patrons and Members £52; senior citizens £44; students, disabled people, ES-40 holders £20. For two day ticket prices call +44 (0)20 7942 2211. A free place is available to a friend accompanying a disabled person and to a lecturer accompanying students.


Talking Design: London Metropolis
This series explores the effects of modernism and its ideologies on life in London between 1920 and 1960. Join us on a fascinating journey as we take Frank Pick’s London Underground from the suburbs to the cinema, stopping off for tea.

Modern Living
Wednesday 3 May 2006
19.00 – 20.30
The planning and building of suburbia and life in the ‘semi’; kitchens, furniture and products in the modern home.

Modern Monuments
Wednesday 10 May 2006
19.00 – 20.30

The architecture and architects of Modernist London.

Modern Travel
Wednesday 17 May 2006
19.00 – 20.30

The revolutionary London Underground; modern cars, trains and trams.

Modern Leisure
Wednesday 31 May 2006
19.00 – 20.30
The rise of the London cafés, fitness for all and Oscar Deutsch’s glorious Odeon cinemas.

Tickets for complete series (prices for individual dates in brackets). Full, including V&A Patrons and Members £36 (£10); senior citizens £28 (£8); students, disabled people, ES-40 holders £22 (£6.50). Includes a glass of wine.

Study Day

V&A + RIBA Architecture Partnership
Inside Outing: Modernist Living and the International Imagination
Monday 15 May 2006
10.30 - 17.00
The V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership holds the complete archive for no. 2 Willow Road, Hampstead, London. Designed by Erno Goldfinger in the 1930s, this Modernist house was both a family home and meeting place for avant-garde artists and architects. This event, led by curators and other experts, includes a morning exploring the archive at the V&A followed by a visit to Willow Road. The day ends back at the V&A.

Tickets: Full, including V&A Patrons and Members £45; RIBA Members and senior citizens £36; students, disabled people, ES-40 holders £15. Booking essential. Lunch not included (packed lunches can be ordered on the day for £6)


Modernism: Designing a New World
Wednesday 10 May 2006
19.15 – 20.10
Christopher Wilk, exhibition curator
Answering the question, ‘what was Modernism?’, this lecture considers the innovative work of the major Modernist designers and artists.

Did Cinema Make Modernism Popular?
Wednesday 7 June 2006
19.15 – 20.10

Ian Christie, broadcaster and Professor of Film and Media History, Birkbeck, University of London
If Modernist art seemed austere or elitist, cinema seemed to embody many of its ideals more attractively. This lecture, illustrated with film extracts, explores early artists' films, the explosive impact of Soviet cinema in the 1920s and Hollywood's contribution to selling Modernism.

Tickets: Full, including V&A Patrons and Members, senior citizens £7; students, disabled people, ES-40 holders £5.50.

Family Events

Free, drop-in

Biomorphic Mobiles
Monday 3 - Sunday 9 April 2006
11.30 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 16.00
Look at works by Hans Arp and Le Corbusier and create a nature-inspired biomorphic art work.

Machine Age Poster Design
Monday 10 - Monday 17 April 2006
11.30 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 16.00

Be inspired by Fernand Léger and Paul Strand and design your own poster using geometric shapes and materials.

Young People's Workshops

Building Design
Saturday 22 April 2006 (16-18 yr olds), Saturday 29 April 2006 (14-15 yr olds)
11.00 - 16.00
Design your own Utopia. Examine the work of Modernist architects and designers and create the ideal city.

Furniture Design
Saturday 22 April 2006 (14-15 yr olds), Saturday 29 April 2006 (16-18 yr olds)
11.00 - 16.00
Create the perfect chair. Explore radical Modernist furniture designs and exercise your ingenuity in originating sleek new ones.

Interior Design
Saturday 6 May 2006 (14-15 yr olds), Saturday 13 May 2006 (16-18 yr olds), Saturday 20 May 2006 (11-13 yr olds)
11.00 - 16.00
Generate your own designs, drawing inspiration from Modernism.

Costume Design and Performance
Saturday 1, 8, 15 July 2006 (16-18 yr olds)
11.00 - 16.30

Tickets £30 (3 day event & short performance)
Design and make your own costume inspired by avant-garde Modernist performances. Then take part in a short performance at the V&A on 19 July.

Tickets £11 unless stated otherwise. Advance booking essential

Talks For People With Disabilities

With Corinna Gardner, exhibition assistant curator
Free (advance booking essential, includes up to two friends)

Talk for Hearing Impaired People Interpreted in British Sign Language
Wednesday 26 April 2006

Talk and Handling Session for Visually Impaired People
Saturday 13 May 2006
11.30 - 13.00

Talk and Handling Session for People with Learning Disabilities
Saturday 13 May 2006
14.00 – 15.30

Schools, Further & Higher Education Programme

Self-guided group visits
Schools, further and higher education groups can visit the exhibition for free if booked in advance. Complement a visit to the exhibition by going to see the permanent Architecture and 20th century galleries. Teachers wishing to plan their group visit can obtain a free ticket to the exhibition with proof of professional status.

Private exhibition view for Teachers and Lecturers
Friday 5 May 2006

Free, but advance booking essential
Includes a talk by the curator, Christopher Wilk. The Formal Education team will be on hand to answer enquiries about the programme, resources and planning a group visit.

Further & Higher Education students
An exciting programme of events has been planned that may be of particular interest to students. See the Conference, Study Day and Conversations sections.

Schools workshops
Designing a Modern Home
15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 June & 6, 7, 13, 14 July 2006

One hour workshops at 10.30, 11.45, 14.00
Free, but advance booking essential
Suitable for Key Stages 3- 5 Art & Design, Design & Technology, History and History of Art students.

These workshops will explore the architectural archive for no.2 Willow Road, Hampstead, built by architect Ernö Goldfinger in the 1930s. A wide range of original material from the Royal Institute of British Architects will be used to trace the story of the design of the house, including sketches, letters from neighbours, newspaper articles, plans, photographs and a net of the completed house.

Maximum 15 students per workshop (groups larger than 15 will need to split between the workshop, exhibition and permanent galleries).

Modernism: Designing A New World 1914 - 19396 April - 23 July 2006sponsored by Habitat
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