V&A Dundee set to host major touring exhibitions
- Alex Johnston
- 18 May 2015
Gallery reportedly looking to launch with David Bowie is, Hollywood Costumes and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
V&A Dundee, the art and design museum currently under construction on the Dundee waterfront, will open by hosting major V&A touring exhibitions, it was announced today.
Construction began in March on the £80.11m museum, and although it won't be opening its doors until June 2018, plans are reportedly already underway for the museum to launch with three major V&A exhibitions currently touring internationally: David Bowie is, Hollywood Costumes and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. All three shows are too big for any other venue in the UK to host without some scaling-down, but V&A Dundee, the first UK building by multi-award winning Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, will be large enough to contain them.
David Bowie is was widely acclaimed as a fantastically absorbing celebration of one of the genuinely seminal figures in rock and pop, containing 400 archive items from his onstage costumes to his cocaine spoon. Hollywood Costumes brought together more than 100 costumes from a century of Hollywood history, 1912–2012, including Judy Garland's Dorothy costume from The Wizard of Oz, Indiana Jones' iconic get-up from the Raiders films (designed by Deborah Nadoolman, herself Senior Guest Curator of the exhibition) and Robert De Niro's eye-aching crimson tuxedo from Scorsese's under-rated masterpiece The King of Comedy. The Alexander McQueen show, which originated at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art before opening in its current, expanded form at the V&A in London, has been described as 'thrilling' and 'breathtaking'.
While we wait for the building itself to take shape, V&A Dundee's Design in Motion exhibition is touring the best of contemporary Scottish design all over the country.
V&A Dundee is scheduled to open to the public in June 2018 and announcements regarding its opening exhibitions are expected later in 2016. The V&A Dundee Design in Motion travelling exhibition is currently touring the UK