Exhibition Opening on Saturday, 23 November 2019

Cars: Accelerating The Modern World

As we approach another major turning point in automotive design, this exhibition looks at the role of the car in shaping the world we live in today.

  • Opening on Saturday, 23 November 2019

  • £18.00

    Tickets on sale Spring 2019

Over its short 130-year history, the car has become one of the most loved, contested and influential innovations in the world. It has revolutionised manufacturing, transformed how we move, forever changing our cities, environment and economies.

Exhibition Highlights

Patent-Motorwagen No. 3, Karl Benz, 1888

Cloche Hat, Miss Fox, 1928 – 29, London. Museum no. T.203-1931. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Fight Automation Fallout with Fewer Hours of Work and No Loss of Pay – poster. © Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labour and Urban Affairs

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Victoire, radiator mascot, designed by René Lalique, 1925. Museum no. CIRC.199-1972. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Messerschmitt, KR200 Cabin Scooter Bubble Top, 1959. © Louwman Museum – The Hague (NL)

Antodrôme, fashion design by Madeleine Wallis for Paquin Ltd., late 1925, Paris. Museum no. E.4399-1957. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Graham is a recent project by Patricia Piccinini in collaboration with the Transport Accident Commission in Australia. © Transport Accident Commission

An advert for the GM LaSalle from a series showing the car in various European locations. Illustrated by Edward A. Wilson, about 1927. © Courtesy of General Motors Company, LLC

Hispano-Suiza Type HB6 ‘Skiff Torpedo’, Hispano-Suiza (chassis), Henri Labourdette (body), 1922. Photo by Michael Furman. © the Mullin Automotive Museum



Cars: Accelerating The Modern World
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Background image: E-Type Jag, opening of the M1 motorway, Vogue 1960. Photo Duffy. © Duffy Archive