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Rapid Response Collecting

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    Gallery 74a

DISPLAY: Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A's collecting activity. Objects are collected in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing. The display, which will constantly change, shows how design reflects and defines how we live together today.

Ranging from Christian Louboutin shoes in five shades of 'nude'; a cuddly toy wolf used as an object of political dissent; to the world's first 3D-printed gun, each new acquisition raises a different question about globalisation, popular culture, political and social change, demographics, technology, regulation or the law.

The Rapid Response Collecting display is an ongoing display.

Our temporary displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Rapid Response Collecting, Room 74a

Image: The Liberator 3D-printed gun, 2013 © Cody Wilson/Defence Distributed.


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