The V&A is delighted to announce its 2018 exhibition programme

Sunday, September 10, 2017
The V&A is delighted to announce its 2018 exhibition programme

The V&A will host a hugely exciting programme of exhibitions in 2018. Exploring a diverse range of topics with contemporary relevance today, the V&A's exhibitions will showcase the future; look at how video games are redefining design; reveal how Frida Kahlo shaped her iconic image and persona, and explored the theme of identity; explore the intersection of fashion, nature and sustainability; transport visitors back to the glamour of the golden age of ocean liners; and celebrate the timelessness of Winnie the Pooh's much-loved classics.

The V&A is delighted to announce its 2018 exhibition programme

The V&A will host a hugely exciting programme of exhibitions in 2018. Exploring a diverse range of topics with contemporary relevance today, the V&A's exhibitions will showcase the future; look at how video games are redefining design; reveal how Frida Kahlo shaped her iconic image and persona, and explored the theme of identity; explore the intersection of fashion, nature and sustainability; transport visitors back to the glamour of the golden age of ocean liners; and celebrate the timelessness of Winnie the Pooh's much-loved classics.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring A Classic
9 December 2017 – 8 April 2018 (media preview: 4 December)
Room 38, vam.ac.uk/winniethepooh
This exhibition will reveal the story behind the creative partnership of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard and the factors contributing to the phenomenal success and enduring popularity of Winnie-the-Pooh. Designed for both children and adults, visitors will be led on a multi-sensory journey to rediscover these classic books such as discovering language as a child, and inspiring creativity with drawing. Highlights include the real-life personalities and relationships that created Pooh, including Christopher Robin’s make-believe with his toys and the collaboration between the genius of Milne as author and Shepard as talented illustrator.

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style
3 February – 10 June 2018 (media preview: 31 January)
Room 39 and the North Court, vam.ac.uk/oceanliners
This exhibition will re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel from Brunel’s 1859 steamship, the Great Eastern, to the launch of the QE2 in 1969. The first ever exhibition to explore the international design and cultural impact of the ocean liner, it will reveal the hidden design stories behind some of the world’s most luxurious ships.

Fashioned From Nature
21 April 2018- 27 January 2019
Fashion, Room 40, vam.ac.uk/fashionedfromnature
Fashioned from Nature explores the relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day. In the first UK exhibition to examine the environmental impact of fashion over more than 400 years, fashionable dress will be presented alongside natural history specimens, taxidermy and unprocessed materials to draw attention to the materiality of fashion and the sources of our clothes.

The Future Starts Here
12 May - 4 November 2018
The Sainsbury Gallery, vam.ac.uk/thefuturestartshere
This exhibition explores the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow. From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, more than 100 objects will be brought together as a landscape for the near future.

Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe (title TBC)
16 June – 4 November 2018
Room 38, vam.ac.uk/fridakahloswardrobe
Widely recognised as one of the most innovative and ground-breaking painters of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo is also renowned for the iconic persona that she crafted through her dress and self-fashioning. The V&A will present the first exhibition to be held outside Mexico of Kahlo’s clothing and personal possessions, including prosthetics, medicines, accessories, jewellery, photographs and letters.

Jameel Prize 5
30 June – 25 November 2018
The Porter Gallery, vam.ac.uk/jameelprize
The Jameel Prize is an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. Organised by the V&A in partnership with Art Jameel, the Prize is worth £25,000 and has been awarded once every two years since 2009.

Videogames
8 September 2018 – 24 February 2019
Room 39 and the North Court, vam.ac.uk/videogames
There is a renaissance happening in videogames. A new wave of designers, players and critics are pushing the boundaries of the medium in radical new ways. This V&A show is the first to fully consider the complexity of videogames as one of the most important design fields of our time, investigating ground-breaking contemporary design work, creative and rebellious player communities and the political conversations that define this movement.

V&A Photography Centre
Opening Autumn 2018, vam.ac.uk/info/futureplan
In Autumn 2018, the V&A will unveil the first phase of a new, state-of-the-art Photography Centre designed by David Kohn Architects. Part of the V&A’s ambitious FuturePlan development programme, Phase One of the Centre will more than double the display space dedicated to photography and completely revolutionise the way in which it is presented at the V&A.

V&A Cast Courts - West Court and Central Gallery
Opening Autumn 2018, vam.ac.uk/info/futureplan
In Autumn 2018 the V&A will complete the second and final phase of its FuturePlan redevelopment project returning the Museum’s Cast Courts to their original magnificence.

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