This post covers both the Sackler Courtyard and Sainsbury Gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as the Dior exhibition hosted in the gallery (see bottom of post).
Per my typical approach, I didn’t over research pictures or information about visiting the V&A Museum. And, we (again) approached the building from a side exit so by the time we wound our way to the Exhibition Road Quarter formal entrance, I has a delightful surprise of another example of the reuse of outdoor space.
The Sackler Courtyard is very Gehry Bilbao-esque, while the inside feels much for Bauhaus with the red, white and black. For the latter, I loved that the stairwells were an integral part of the approach towards the gallery space- it helped to build a sense of anticipation.
The former, in terms of the courtyard itself, does feel like a pretty harsh contrast, much more so than the installation at the British Museum. In some of the photos you can see the juxtaposition of this very computerized style with its curves and modern materials next to the traditional column and brick English 19th century style. I think it works because the installation is pretty minimal and doesn’t compete with the surrounding buildings.
I’d love to return to the V&A to see the rest of the museum as some of the halls look beautiful in their own right.
Special thanks to Shikhiu for sharing his pictures in these 2019 London posts.
Website: British Museum Great Court
Dior Designer of Dreams Exhibition
I feel so fortunate to have seen this Dior show. As luck would have it, I managed to score us tickets to the show after museum hours, which worked out perfect for our jet lagged schedule. By emailing and calling the museum, I was able to find out that they were planning to release these extra limited tickets- one of those instances where things just come together.
I learned that Dior himself only designed for his own house name for about 10 years, and since then has been represented by a number of designers to become famous in their own right. I thought the exhibition designers did a great job to focus on the style and patterns of the house, rather than to organize the show too strictly around time periods.
The sheer scale of this exhibit I feel is unprecedented. Each room had 10-20 dresses and it seemed like it was just one room after another demonstrating the incredible craft.
Website: Dior Designer of Dreams