The V&A is one of London’s most popular museums, offering an eclectic mix of finds from the worlds of art and design. Founded to commemorate Queen Victoria and her avid arts-patron husband Prince Albert, the museum leads the way in demonstrating just how valuable creativity can be.
There’s plenty to see at the start of 2018, so here’s our rundown of everything you should be looking out for this January…
Balenciaga: Shaping FashionUntil 18th February 2018
This fantastic celebration of the power of fashion is enough to turn anyone into a fashionista, with an exploration of the craftsmanship and innovation which lies behind this remarkable Spanish brand. The displays feature over 100 of Balenciaga’s most remarkable creations, showing a mastery of the couture world, which has influenced generations of designers ever since. Perfect for those guests seeking a touch of luxury while staying at the Park Grand London Kensington.
Opera: Passion, Power and PoliticsUntil 25th February 2018
This exhibition explains how opera is about much more than singing, instead influencing the world since it first sprang out of Italy hundreds of years ago. Developing throughout Europe and gaining a number of distinct styles, this dominance on the world stage is explained through lots of information including dazzling images, costumes and set pieces. Truly one which culture lovers will be happy to spend hours enjoying while staying at hotels near Lancaster Gate.
Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a ClassicUntil 8th April 2018
The children’s classic of Winnie the Pooh has captivated generations, and this exhibition at the V&A lovingly explores both the original stories and the artwork which has come to define the tales of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. By delving deeper into the working relationship of author and illustrator, guests are taken on a journey of creativity and partnership which was only achievable thanks to a shared vision and superior craftsmanship.
Into the Woods: Trees in IllustrationUntil 23rd January 2018
This exhibition gives visitors the chance to further understand the role illustration has played in bringing to life some of the world’s most beloved children’s books. With watercolours by Beatrix Potter and Arthur Rackham, alongside images created by E.H. Shepard for A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, there is much here to enjoy for all ages visiting the Park Grand London Kensington.
Contemporary Korean Ceramics
Until 11th February 2018
The fascinating world of ceramics is explored with this stunning selection of ceramic work from artists working in Korea today. Whether inspired by older techniques from the Goryeo dynasty or Joseon dynasty or utilising newer technologies to experiment with shape and form, this makes for a truly fascinating exploration of Kore’s rich ceramics heritage, using the art form as a means of highlighting contemporary issues and making sense of the world around us. Accompanying the displays there’s lots of information regarding each artist’s individual inspirations, making this great for anyone who has ever been intrigued by ceramics.