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V&A: All about Brits

Yes, London’s burning and it is not a coincidence. There is something about the British and their imaginary that starts on me [and the rest of the mortals] like an unstoppable desire to get there, taking a plain and have some deep breath on Cool Britannia. A simple, unrational thought, a discharge of electrifying creativeness and innovation, all in one city.

The world’s eyes are on there, it is 2012 and the Olympics Games are going to start soon. This is not a random exposition, in fact it is appropriate because will be the Victoria & Albert museum’s major spring exhibit showcasing the best of British design and creative talent from 1948 to 2012, sixty four years during artists and designers who were born, trained or working in the UK have produced innovative and internationally acclaimed works from post-war to the present day.

British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age curated by Christopher Breward and Ghislaine Wood, will tell the story of British fashion, furniture, fine art, graphic design, photography, ceramics, architecture and industrial products as well as investigate the role that UK’s manufacturing industry and creative economy has played in the global market.

The exhibition will bring together more than 300 objects featuring much-loved designs such as a 1961 E-type Jaguar car, a Brownie Vecta camera by Kenneth Grange, an Alexander McQueen evening gown from the Horn of Plenty collection, fine art by Richard Hamilton and David Hockney. Alongside these well-known pieces will be works on museum display for the first time including Kit Williams’ golden hare jewel from Masquerade and Brian Duffy’s original photograph for the cover of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album, as well as recent discoveries such as a Brian Long Torsion chair.

The exhibition sponsored by Ernst & Young will be structured around three themes; Tradition and Modernity,
Subversion, and Innovation and Creativity and will broadly follow a chronological framework. All about them [Swinging London + Punk scene], all about big names: Richard Slee, Zandra Rhodes, Damien Hirst, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, photographers like David Bailey and Terry O’Neill, performers as David Bowie and Brian Eno, graphic designers Peter Saville and Barney Bubbles, and furniture designers Tom Dixon and Mark Brazier Jones, architecture like the newly commissioned model of Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre, opening in the summer of 2012.

Scheduled from 31 March to 12 August 2012, an accompanying exhibition catalogue will be published by V&A editors.

If you still doubting to book a flight next spring after reading all I’ve written before, it’s clearly something wrong with you. No excuses.

What if London’s burning…? I guess after all, I’ll be on fire.

Photo Credit:  Thanks to Victoria and Albert Museum, London