What's On At The V&A In August 2017

Here is a list of exhibitions at the V&A in August 2017 so you can save the date and pop them in the diary.

PLYWOOD: MATERIAL OF THE MODERN WORLD  15 July – 12 November 2017  (Sponsored by MADE.COM ) Supported by the American Friends of the V&A

Light, strong, affordable and versatile, plywood is the unlikely material behind an eclectic array of ground-breaking designs celebrated in a world-first exhibition at the V&A this summer. From the fastest and highest-flying aeroplane of WWII, the de Havilland Mosquito, to the downloadable self-assembly WikiHouse, more than 120 objects are brought to explore how the often-overlooked product has helped create the modern world. 

Admission Free #Plywood 

‘Edie Stool’, birch plywood, designed by David and Joni Steiner for Open Desk, London, 2013. Photograph © Rory Gardi

‘Edie Stool’, birch plywood, designed by David and Joni Steiner for Open Desk, London, 2013. Photograph © Rory Gardi

THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS  13 May – 1 October 2017

Presented by the V&A, Pink Floyd and Iconic Entertainment Studios Sound Experience by Sennheiser 

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is the first international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. This multi-sensory exhibition, featuring over 350 objects, examines Pink Floyd’s extraordinary worlds; chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 60s through to the present day. The exhibition has been produced in close consultation with the three surviving band members and has been curated by Aubrey Powell, the Creative Director of Pink Floyd, with a V&A team led by Senior Curator Victoria Broackes. 

Admission from £20 (concessions available) #TheirMortalRemains 

Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

BALENCIAGA: SHAPING FASHION  27 May 2017 – 18 February 2018  (Sponsored by American Express). 

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion is the first ever UK exhibition to explore the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, one of the most influential and revered designers of the 20th century. Balenciaga’s unique and forward-thinking vision of female beauty, innovative use of textiles and ingenious pattern-cutting shaped the modernity of 1960s fashion and continues to influence fashion today. This exhibition is the first of its kind to examine Balenciaga’s unique approach to making and showcases pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working in similarly innovative ways. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of the opening of his famous fashion house in Paris. 

Admission £12 (concessions available) #Balenciaga 

Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper's Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967

Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper's Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967

DISPLAYS

THE EPHEMERA EFFECT: HOKUSAI’S GREAT WAVE  25 May – 1 October 2017

Japan, Room 45 

The global fame of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) owes much to his 1831 ‘Under the Wave off Kanagawa’, better known as ‘The Great Wave’. This display draws on ephemera collected by Christine Guth while researching her recent publication Hokusai's Great Wave: The Biography of a Global Icon (2015) to show some of the myriad and sometimes unexpected ways in which this iconic image has been recycled or appropriated. It includes an original example of ‘The Great Wave’ from the V&A’s collection. 

Admission Free 

DESIGNING THE V&A  6 May 2017 – 7 January 2018

Architecture, Room 128a 

Through original drawings and photographs, this display highlights the artists, designers and engineers who created the V&A, charting the building's transformation from the 1850s to today, culminating with the opening of the Exhibition Road Quarter the V&A’s largest architectural intervention in 100 years. 

Admission Free 

Design for a tower and museum extension on Exhibition Road after Henry Cole, 1868. Museum no. E.2034-1921. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Design for a tower and museum extension on Exhibition Road after Henry Cole, 1868. Museum no. E.2034-1921. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

V&A ILLUSTRATION AWARDS 2017  16 May – 20 August 

Library Landing, Room 85 

The V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to recognise the very best of book, editorial and student illustration in the UK. This year’s winners were A. Richard Allen, JARVIS, Aino-Maija Metsola and Beatriz Lostalé Seijo. Past winners include Ralph Steadman, Posy Simmonds, Michael Forman and Sara Fanelli. With generous financial support from the Enid Linder Foundation, this display of winning entries demonstrates the vitality and scope of contemporary illustration and its enduring power to shape our reception of the written word. 

Admission Free 

CONTEMPORARY KOREAN CERAMICS  19 May 2017 – 11 February 2018

Ceramics Gallery

By bringing together the work of 15 emerging and established artists from Korea, this display offers an insight into the richness of contemporary Korean studio ceramic practice. A number of the featured artists are inspired by historical Korean ceramics such as inlaid celadons from the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and buncheong ware and white porcelains of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). Others experiment with new technologies and alternative materials, or use ceramics as a medium to engage with contemporary issues ranging from mass-consumption and pop culture to the destruction of Korea's architectural heritage. 

Admission Free 

RACHEL KNEEBONE AT THE V&A 1 April 2017 – 14 January 2018

Gallery 50a and Gallery 21 

Porcelain sculptures by contemporary British artist Rachel Kneebone are on display amongst masterpieces of the V&A’s sculpture collection. 399 Days, the largest and most ambitious sculpture the artist has ever produced can be seen in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries (Gallery 50a). A 5m high porcelain tower featuring intricately modelled and detailed figurative scenarios, the sculpture combines minute detail and towering scale. Until 6th August, three of the artist’s sculptures can be viewed in the Hintze Sculpture Galleries (Gallery 21) amongst Auguste Rodin's bronzes. Placed alongside these sculptures on the centenary of Rodin's death, this display highlights the artists’ shared interest in capturing emotive states – hope, longing, loss and suffering – while also offering a comparison between their choice of materials and techniques. 

Admission Free 

Bernard F Eilers, Reguliersbreestraat, Amsterdam, about 1934, Foto-chroma Eilers © Bernard Eilers; Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Bernard F Eilers, Reguliersbreestraat, Amsterdam, about 1934, Foto-chroma Eilers © Bernard Eilers; Victoria and Albert Museum, London

STUDY DAYS SALT PRINT PHOTOGRAPHY Saturday 19 August, 10.30 – 17.00

This Study Day allows visitors to discover how to use digital negatives to create salt print photographs and explore one of the earliest historical photographic processes. The hands on workshop will begin by making a digital negative inspired by the museum environment, and will then take visitors step-by-step through the process of coating papers, making an exposure and fixing their own salt print image. 

£100, £80 concessions