OF THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
A magnificent and ground-breaking exhibition uncovering the riches of the V&A and looking at the Museum's past, present and future will go on show on 14 October 1999 celebrating the centenary of the re-naming of the Museum by Queen Victoria.
Exploring the political, social and artistic forces that have helped shape the V&A from its radical beginnings in 1852 to its familiar status as one of the world's greatest museums of art and design, this thought-provoking exhibition investigates the ever changing perception of the role of museums, at a time when their very nature is a subject of lively debate.
Established a year after the Great Exhibition in 1851, the
V&A introduced the revolutionary concept that Museums should
inspire designers and manufacturers and make examples of artistic
excellence available to a wide audience, effectively establishing
the decorative arts as a subject in its own right.
A Grand Design is themed in seven sections and explores:
NOTES TO EDITORS
The exhibition organised jointly by the V&A and The Baltimore Museum of Art opened in Baltimore in 1997. A Grand Design has toured the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and will return to the V&A for the Museum's centenary celebrations in October 1999.
6 &7 November 1999 (10.30-17.00)
Distinguished speakers will reassess some of the formative
influences on applied art museums in the past; and consider how
such museums' survival in the future will depend on the audience
they can attract.