ART & DESIGN
This Friday, the V&A’s new entrance on Exhibition Road opens to the public, designed by Stirling Prize-winning British architect Amanda Levete and her practice AL_A. It took six years to build and transforms not only the new walkway from the road into the museum but also the former boiler house yard with 3 major new spaces. There is The Sainsbury Gallery for temporary exhibitions and The Sackler Courtyard, the world’s first porcelain public courtyard paved in 11,000 handmade tiles, plus The Blavatnik Hall, the new entrance through 11 openings of a newly created colonnade formed from the 1909 Aston Webb Screen.
To celebrate, the V&A are holding the REVEAL festival, a free week-long series of public events. The festival will open with a special music and digitally-themed Friday Late on 30 June, hosted in collaboration with Boiler Room and it culminates on Friday 7 July with Fashion in Motion, four special catwalk shows in the new Sainsbury Gallery featuring Molly Goddard, British Emerging Talent winner at the 2016 Fashion Awards. Throughout the week, featured artists will include an immersive light experience by Simon Heijdens (see below) and a special ballet performance by Julie Cunningham & Company. At night, the Museum façades surrounding the new Sackler Courtyard will be transformed by an evening illumination cycle from Greenaway & Greenaway.
Even if you can’t make the festival, we highly recommend that you get down to the Exhibition Road Quarter to see the new architectural spaces. They have been beautifully realised and it’s a great chance to appreciate the rooms before the exhibitions start in earnest this autumn.