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

  • The Sainsbury Gallery

  • £18.00

    Under 11's go free

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
PopUp next © Italdesign
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