The new Europe 1600 – 1800 galleries will contain some of the most magnificent and elaborate works of art and design in the V&A collections. Around 1,100 objects will explore European art and design between 1600 and 1800, continuing the displays in the V&A’s award-winning Medieval & Renaissance Galleries and completing the restoration of the entire front wing of the Museum. Spectacular examples of textiles and fashion, painting and sculpture, ceramics and glass, furniture and metalwork, prints and books will all be represented in stunning new galleries, opening in 2014.
Themes will include:
- Empires, courts and cities
- Religion, war and politics
- Travel, trade and migration
- Science and the natural world
- Craft, manufacture and design
- Leisure, learning and sociability
- Fashion, performance and etiquette
The V&A has appointed ZMMA to design its new Europe 1600-1800 galleries.
While the galleries are being developed, a touring exhibition ‘Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600-1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum’ will showcase highlights from the collections.