Event: Making It Up: Photographic Fictions/Tomorrow: Elmsgreen & Dragset
Location: Victoria & Albert Museum, SW7
The V&A is one of London’s best museums with an extraordinary permanent collection covering decorative arts. Two complementary temporary exhibits are a small photographic show, Making It Up, and Tomorrow, an installation by the Scandinavian artists Elmgreen & Dragset.
Making It Up: Photographic Fictions is an exhibition of staged, constructed photographs from the V&A’s archives. The exhibition has 19th century photographs shown side by side with contemporary pictures, all which are choreographed to tell a story. There are images by 19th century photographers, such as Julia Margaret Cameron, and of more modern photographers from Cindy Sherman to Gregory Krutzen and Geoff Wall.
Tomorrow: Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A is commissioned by the museum from the artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, transforming five of the V&A’s galleries into the apartment of a fictional elderly and disillusioned architect.
Objects from the museum collection will be scattered throughout, alongside works by the artists and other items from antique markets. The effect is of walking into a theatre set without the actors present. The designers are leaving the script for visitors to read, while they wander around, sit on the sofa or lie on the architect’s bed.
Making It Up is on until 16 Mar 2014 in Room 38a and Tomorrow runs from 1 Oct 2013 to 2 Jan 2014 in the former Textile Galleries at the V&A Museum, which is open daily 10am to 5.45pm, Fridays until 10pm.