Autumn at London's South Kensington Museums

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You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70

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You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70
The Big Draw
Wonderlab The Statoil Galler
Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
Mathematics: The Winton Gallery
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
 

 

The Science Museum's new Wonderlab and the V&A's major Revolution exhibition are worth making the trip to London's South Kensington Museums this autumn.

 
 

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

This ambitious new gallery opens in October 2016.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery is the Science Museum 's most ambitious interactive gallery to date. Open from October 2016, the £6 million gallery aims to inspire visitors of all ages with interactive exhibits, artworks, live demonstrations and immersive experiences. Split into seven zones, it features over 50 exhibits, including Pod, an installation that turns sound into a tactile, visual object; Step into the Light, a hazy room filled with light beams designed for visitors to playfully create shadows; and Waves, creating a visual representation of a digital waveform. Further topics covered include mathematics and forces while another highlight includes the chance to discover our solar system through a giant interactive orrery.

 
 
 

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

This new gallery puts mathematics at the forefront.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

The Science Museum 's new gallery, Mathematics: The Winton Gallery , puts the spotlight on a subject often perceived as dry, complex and avoided by most once school is over. Designed by the world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, the new gallery transforms the subject into something everyone can enjoy and explores how mathematicians have helped to shape the modern world. Spanning 400 years of human ingenuity, from the Renaissance to the present day, it will showcase objects ranging from hand-held mathematical instruments to a 1929 experimental aircraft, which is the largest object in the gallery. Mathematics will also be brought to life through the gallery's design and architecture, with the space designed to reflect a wind tunnel for the aircraft and the layout of related exhibits following the imagined lines of airflows around it.

 
 
 

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

Themes of innovation and luxury are explored in this revealing V&A exhibition.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 16th April 2016 to 12th March 2017

 

Tighten your girdle. This spring the V&A tells the story of underwear, from the sensory to the practical, through strapping, stretchy and silky undergarments designed since the 18th century . More than 200 examples of underwear are revealed in Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear which explores themes of innovation and luxury, from the custom-made, such as a rare example of home-made 'stays' worn by a working woman in England in the 18th century to pieces by designers including Stella McCartney, La Perla, Rigby & Peller and Paul Smith. The development of the bra, corsets as a means of improving medical conditions and floral embroidered stockings worn by Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII are among the highlights of this revealing exhibition.

 
 
 

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

This year's major commission goes beyond its usual scope.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 10th June - 09th October 2016

 

This summer the Serpentine Pavilion, the annual architectural project commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery, goes beyond its usual scope and presents one temporary structure surrounded by four Summer Houses in Kensington Gardens. Each Summer House is designed by different architects - Kunlé Adeyemi - NLÉ (Amsterdam/Lagos); Barkow Leibinger (Berlin/New York); Yona Friedman (Paris); and Asif Khan based right here in London who was responsible for the musical Coca Cola Beatbox Pavilion design at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. All have been asked to take the nearby Queen Caroline's Temple, a classical style summer house built in 1734, as inspiration. At the heart of the commission is a pavilion designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) - the architects behind Two World Trade Center in Manhattan - allowing space for visitors to sit and relax, learn, debate and enjoy the live events held there throughout the summer.

 
 
 

Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design

Large-scale prototypes, digital animations and models show Ove Arup as a pioneer of engineering.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 18th June - 06th November 2016

 

He made ambitious designs for the Sydney Opera House and the Penguin Pool at London Zoo a reality and now influential engineer Ove Arup is the subject of a career review at the V&A. Part of the South Kensington museum's 2016 Engineering Season, which also includes a site-specific installation in the John Madejski Garden by engineer and architect Achim Menges, Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design focuses on the design philosophy of Ove Arup, revealing his ideas of collaborative working. Large-scale prototypes, digital animations and models show Arup as the pioneer of a multidisciplinary approach to design that is still practiced today.

 
 
 

Colour And Vision

An exploration of the relationship between colour and nature.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 22nd July - 06th November 2016

 

Colour and Vision at the Natural History Museum follows a 565-million-year journey through the eyes of nature. Exploring the role of colour and vision in nature, it looks at how vision first evolved and how colour in animals fast became the difference between life and death. See how a rainbow of pigments and iridescence can be used as a warning, a disguise or an invitation. Visitors will also be able to discover how colour in nature is a big influence for art design and innovation, and what it means to them. The exhibition features more than 350 rarely seen specimens, from birds to fossils.

 
 
 

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery

An outstanding range of the surviving examples of the medieval period.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 03rd September - 08th January 2017

 

From the 12th to the 15th centuries, England was internationally famous mainly for one type of artistic product: elaborate luxury embroideries. S ought after by Kings, Popes and Cardinals, these beautiful objects are displayed in Opus Anglicanum (Latin for 'English work') which brings together Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery , an outstanding range of the surviving examples of this celebrated period. This is a chance to see the exquisite craftsmanship and to explore the world in which they were created. Alongside the magnificent embroideries, many from the V&A's own collection, will be paintings, manuscripts, metalwork and sculpture which put the embroideries in context.

 
 
 

You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70

This major V&A exhibition examines the optimism, ideals and aspirations of the late sixties.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 10th September - 26th February 2017

 

Taking its title from the famous 1968 Beatles song, this major V&A exhibition examines the optimism, ideals and aspirations of the late sixties, expressed through music, fashion, film, design and political activism. Taking visitors on a musical odyssey through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century, music highlights include Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Gonna Come', The Who's 'My Generation' and Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. The Paris protests of May 1968 which prompted John Lennon to write the famous Beatles song 'Revolution', World Fairs, the Woodstock Festival of 1969 and communes on the West Coast of America all get air time in the exhibition as it considers how the revolutions of the 1960s changed the way we live today.

 
 
 

The Big Draw

Discover how drawing brings together science, technology and people.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 01st - 31st October 2016

 

Bringing together Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths, STEAM is the theme for The Big Draw in 2016. Sketch a scientific theory, trace some technology, etch like an engineer or draw mathematical equations with masking tape for the drawing festival which takes place nationwide throughout the month of October. Museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, schools and parks all play host to a variety of events encouraging people of all ages to discover how drawing can connect them with their surroundings and communities. London institutions like the British Museum, National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wellcome Collection, the British Library and Discover children's centre typically take part, hosting events so there's a good chance something will be going on at a venue near you.

 
 
 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This year's shortlisted images go on display for all visitors to enjoy.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 21st October 2016 to 10th September 2017

 

Swarming mayflies, ethereal killer whales and curious foxes are among the creatures captured on camera at this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. The annual exhibition at the Natural History Museum consistently shows fresh perspectives on animals, insects, plants and landscapes - capturing brilliantly across a number of categories the most colourful and heart-warming collection of images on display in the capital. The competition, running for over 50 years, was at its most competitive this year with almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. The shortlisted 100 images - including the winning pictures - are beautifully displayed on backlit panels for all visitors to enjoy.

 
 
 
 
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