Cars: Accelerating The Modern World at the Victoria and Albert Museum

23 November–29 April 2020 | London

Tim Marlow, artistic director for London's Royal Academy of Arts, chooses the best exhibitions to see this month, presented by Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

L ondon’s Victoria and Albert Museum is devoting a show to cars as a vehicle for exploring and questioning ideas about technical development and innovation, and the future of our cities, economies and environment.

a red car with hydraulics balanced on its back wheel
Lowrider Convention in Los Angeles. © 2019 Nathanael Turner.

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World will present 15 examples of very different cars accompanied by examples of products, fashion, graphics, photography and film. They will each speak about the ubiquitous impact of this invention as well as design more broadly.

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Highlights will range from the first automobile ever made and an example of the first mass-produced car, to a contemporary sculpture by artist Patricia Piccinini of a human designed to survive a traffic collision.

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World opens at the V&A on 23 November 2019 and cruises on through until 19 April 2020.

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