V&A Dundee

Plastic: Remaking Our World

On now until Sunday, 5 February 2023

A groundbreaking new exhibition

The Courier

Smartly curated, beautifully presented, thoroughly engaging and ecologically conscientious, this exhibition is as impressive as it is timely.

Mark Brown - The National

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  • Dates

    On now until Sunday, 5 February 2023

  • Exhibition Gallery

  • £6.00-£14.00

    £2 discount applied when booking online.
    Concessions apply.
    Advance booking is recommended.
    Members and kids go free.

Inventive. Invaluable. Invasive.
The journey of a material in need of change.

Plastic has shaped our daily lives like no other material: from packaging to footwear, from household goods to furniture, from cars to architecture.

A symbol of carefree consumerism and revolutionary innovation, plastic has spurred the imagination of designers for decades. Today, the dramatic consequences of the plastic boom have become obvious, and plastic has lost its utopian appeal. Never has it been more important to understand the 150-year history of this contested material, known to be essential yet superfluous, life-saving and life-threatening, seductive yet dangerous.

Plastic: Remaking Our World examines the history and the future of this controversial material. From its early origins when it was intended as a sustainable alternative to natural resources, to its meteoric rise in the twentieth century.

The exhibition features product design, graphics, architecture and fashion from the collections of the V&A and Vitra Design Museum, as well as collections all over the world. This is the first exhibition produced and curated by V&A Dundee, the Vitra Design Museum and maat, Lisbon, with curators from V&A South Kensington.

Image credit: Vitra Design Museum
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Key objects

A black and yellow wooden smokers cabinet with four stilt like legs

Smoker’s cabinet, 1916, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Ebonized wood, lined with cedar and inlaid with casein.

A soft plastic orange pineapple with a green screw top lid

Pineapple syrup bottle, 1958. Produced by Cascelloid for Edward Hack, London. Polyethylene.

A pair of hands in a container full of shredded pieces of plastic

Precious Plastic, shredded plastic.

A red and white spherical swivel chair.

Pallo / Ball chair, 1963. Eero Aarnio for Asko. Glass fibre-reinforced polyester, lacquered steel, foam-rubber padding, fabric covering.


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