Past Exhibition

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer

Ran from 5 March 2022 to 4 September 2022

His work is as provocative as ever

The Guardian

Words cannot express how brilliant Michael Clark at V&A Dundee is. I’m still reeling from it and can’t remember leaving a museum show feeling so alive.

Murray Chalmers

  • Dates

    Ran from 5 March 2022 to 4 September 2022

  • Exhibition Gallery

  • Please note there are short film clips in this exhibition which reference themes of sex and drug use.

  • Accessibility & Exhibition Guide

Discover the rebellious energy and innovative performance of the ground-breaking Scottish dancer and choreographer

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer is an immersive experience exploring dance, design, art, fashion and music. It is the first major exhibition on Michael Clark and is curated and organised by Barbican, London.

Clark’s choreography changed the landscape of British dance by weaving together subcultures and post-punk energy with the virtuosity and grace of his classical ballet training. A technically brilliant dancer and provocative artist, his acclaimed work has challenged society’s expectations of gender and sexuality from the 1980s right up to the present day.

From costumes and music to graphic design, Clark is a pioneer across disciplines. The exhibition delves into his collaborations with artists, designers, musicians and performers, giving a unique insight into one of Scotland’s most remarkable creative minds.

Clark’s collaborators range from The Fall to Leigh Bowery, from artists Sarah Lucas and Peter Doig to non-professional dancers. His musical influences are diverse, including his hero David Bowie, Patti Smith, T.Rex and composers Erik Satie and Igor Stravinsky.

Join us for an extraordinary blend of punk, ballet and popular culture, celebrating a true Scottish radical who has created a revolution in dance.

This exhibition is in Scotland's largest temporary exhibition space. We recommend you allow 90 minutes to fully enjoy it.

Image credit: Richard Haughton

Past Event

Exhibition Trailer


Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer

Michael Clark is a defining figure in the British cultural landscape. This book traces the development of his work through the broad network of radical creatives with whom he has collaborated with.

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Egg Pin

A little fried egg pin, to wear on your lapel, or anywhere really, to always remind you of the Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer exhibition you saw here at the V&A Dundee

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Safety Pin Earring by Megan Falconer

Coinciding with our latest exhibition Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer, we've commissioned Aberdeen based jeweller and silversmith Megan Falconer to reimagine the pioneering choreographers' iconic safety pin earring.

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