Today we unveil the first details of our 2023 programme across our family of sites.
New landmark exhibitions at V&A South Kensington range from the first ever major UK exhibition on Renaissance master Donatello, to a celebration of the power and creativity of the DIVA. The Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto will be the first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of French couturière, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel while a new display Re:Imagining Musicals, opening in late 2022, will showcase previously unseen items from the museum’s extensive Theatre and Performance collections.
V&A Dundee will celebrate its fifth birthday with a new programme of exhibitions including Tartan, a radical new look at one of the world’s best-known fabrics and Plastic: Remaking Our World, taking a fresh look at the promise and challenges of this extraordinary material.
2023 will also see the V&A continue its ambitious programme of multi-site developments with Young V&A opening its doors as a new national museum and powerhouse of creativity for children and young teenagers in summer 2023. In the year to opening, Young V&A’s Reinvent Festival, will see the museum engage all schools in Tower Hamlets and partner with a series of creative organisations across east London and the UK.
V&A East will appoint a new emerging curatorial fellow to support access and address racial disparity in the arts in partnership with Frieze, Deutsche Bank and artist Yinka Shonibare, and kick-off a major Schools outreach programme led by Director Gus Casely-Hayford. V&A East will also reach practical completion on the V&A East Storehouse building, ready to receive over 260,000 objects, 1,000 Archives and 350,000 library books in the V&A’s biggest ever collection move – and the UK’s largest house move to-date.
At V&A South Kensington the completion of phase two of the Photography Centre will see the museum open the largest permanent gallery dedicated to photography in the UK.