LAST CHANCE TO SEE!
BAROQUE 1620 – 1800: STYLE IN THE AGE OF MAGNIFICENCE
To 19 July
The magnificence and splendour of Baroque, one of the most opulent styles of the 17th and 18th centuries, is the subject of the V&A’s spring exhibition. The exhibition reflects the complexity and grandeur of the Baroque style, from the Rome of Borromini and Bernini to the magnificence of Louis XIV’s Versailles and the lavishness of Baroque theatre and performance. On display are religious paintings by Rubens and Tiepolo while silver furniture, portraits, sculpture, a regal bed and court tapestries conjure up the rooms of a Baroque palace. The exhibition is the first to examine all the elements of the Baroque style and shows how, as European power spread, the Baroque style reached other parts of the world, captured in objects such as a gilded Mexican altarpiece.
Admission £11 (concessions available).
To book call 0844 209 1770 or visit www.vam.ac.uk/tickets
TELLING TALES: FANTASY AND FEAR IN CONTEMPORARY DESIGN
14 July – 18 October
This summer the V&A will explore the recent trend among European designers for limited edition pieces that push the boundaries between art and design. The exhibition will bring together around 50 objects that share common themes such as fantasy, parody and a concern with mortality. It will feature furniture, ceramics, lighting and large scale installations by designers including Tord Boontje, Maarten Baas, Jurgen Bey and Studio Job. The exhibition will be arranged in three dramatic sections. The first, ‘The Forest Glade’, will display objects inspired by fantasy and nature that evoke the spirit of fairytales. The second section, ‘The Enchanted Castle’, will look at work that exaggerates and parodies historical design styles. The final section, ‘Heaven and Hell’ will display work by designers concerned with themes of mortality and the afterlife.
FREE ART FUN
Families can pick up an activity Back-Pack, get creative at Drop-in-Design or go on a gallery adventure trail. Packs are filled with jigsaws, stories and games to explore the collection.
Activity Cart: Fantastic hands-on art fun for children to create a Samurai helmet, a silver goblet or an elephant mask to take home.
FREE, drop-in, suitable for children aged 4 to 11
The V&A is open daily 10.00 – 17.45 and until 22.00 on Fridays.
The nearest underground station is South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines).
Where do I find out more?
See the Fun Kids review on the Victoria & Albert Museum