20th Century Art, Design and Society

Short course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Tuesday 14 January 2020 – Tuesday 24 March 2020

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £526.00 - £699.00

  • Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

This event is unfortunately cancelled. During these exceptional times, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, all V&A sites (South Kensington, Museum of Childhood, Blythe House, V&A Dundee) are temporarily closed. If you have purchased tickets for events that have been cancelled or postponed there are several options available to you and our ticketing team will be in touch. You can find out more on our blog

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Portrait of Course Leader Christine Lalumia

Course Leader
Christine Lalumia

Christine Lalumia lectures and writes on the design and garden histories of the late 19th and 20th centuries. A Consultant Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, she was previously the Deputy Director of The Geffrye, Museum of the Home, London for 21 years. Christine is now Executive Director of Contemporary Applied Arts.

Very high quality of speakers and course leader. It was hugely enjoyable Previous Course Student

Course overview

This century of rapid social, political, and technological change was a rich and diverse period for decorative arts, interiors, and architecture. Despite the undeniable and enduring influence of the international Modernism of the 1920s and 30s, the century was marked by a great plurality of styles: some infused with social meaning, others purely visual in nature, many utilizing new production techniques and using materials in unexpected ways. A dynamic tension between functional design and the unashamedly decorative persisted throughout the century. Social history will underpin the examination of seminal objects, physical spaces, and styles, including Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Modernism, and the enduring influence of Japan.

Each lecture will begin with an in-depth analysis of a single object from the V&A’s collections, before widening out to encompass the cultural background for each topic, style or individual under consideration.


Course tickets will be available for priority booking for V&A Members from 9.30am Monday 6 May 2019. General booking will open on 9.30am Monday 13 May 2019, subject to availability.

• This course has a Half Term break on 18 February • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: 20th Century Art, Design and Society

14 January 2020 - 24 March 2020

£526.00 - £699.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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