V&A Dundee announces two major exhibitions for 2022-23
- Emma Simmonds
- 13 July 2021
Plastic: Remaking Our World and Tartan 'celebrate the incredible diversity and potential of design'
Following on from their successful current exhibition Night Fever: Designing Club Culture (running until Sunday 9 January 2022) and the upcoming Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer (opening on Saturday 26 February 2022), Scotland's design museum V&A Dundee will be exploring what its director, Leonie Bell, describes as: 'two different but equally powerful areas of design.' Plastic and tartan will be the subjects of major exhibitions in late 2022 and 2023.
Plastic: Remaking Our World will run from Saturday 29 October 2022 to Sunday 5 February 2023. It charts the changing fortunes of a 150-year-old material, asking visitors to think afresh about its promise and problems and taking us from plastic's invention to its ubiquity – from its status as a magical material to plastic pollution becoming one of the world's most urgent issues. Featuring product design, graphics, architecture and fashion from the collections of the V&A and Vitra Design Museum as well as collections all over the world, this is the first exhibition co-produced by V&A Dundee, the Vitra Design Museum and MAAT, with consultant curators from V&A South Kensington.
The follow-up show, Tartan – taking place from Sunday 2 April to Sunday 3 September 2023 – is the first major exhibition curated by V&A Dundee, five years after its opening, with consultant curator Jonathan Faiers of the University of Southampton. It aims to take a radical new look at one of the world's best-known fabrics, highlighting its complex, rich and sometimes painful history, and the way it has showcased and subverted notions of Scottishness and traditions. Demonstrating how it has become a global symbol of unity and revolution, the exhibition will explore the impact the textile has had on design around the world from early examples right up to the present day.
Tickets for these exhibitions will be available to book in 2022. To find out more about V&A Dundee and book tickets for entry to the museum and its other exhibitions visit vam.ac.uk/dundee