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London museums preview 2016

30 December 2015 | Ryan Ormonde

London’s Museums continue to surprise in 2016, with the British Library coming over all punk, the V&A flashing their underwear and the Science Museum paying tribute to one of the greatest artists of all time.

British Library: Punk 1976-78

May - September 2016

The British Library embrace their countercultural side in 2016 with Punk 1976-78, a major exhibition of material relating to the original punk movement in London. Digging around the more radical corners of their archive, the Library have found a range of fanzines, flyers, recordings and record sleeves pertaining to the anti-authoritarian D.I.Y. movement. Completing the display will be rare material from the Jon Savage Archive at Liverpool John Moores University, helping to show how the impact of the Sex Pistols ignited a scene that left a lasting mark on music, fashion print and design throughout the country and beyond.

Punk 1976-78 is The British Library’s contribution to Punk London, a joint initiative of cultural venues in London to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the birth of punk. Punk London will comprise live gigs, talks, films and exhibitions throughout 2016. Other organisations involved include the BFI, the Design Museum, the ICA, the Museum of London, the Photographers’ Gallery and the Roundhouse. In true punk spirit, organisers are encouraging people to put on their own events - register at www.punk.london/diy to take part.

For more information and to book tickets, see website.


V&A: Undressed

16 April 2016 – 12 March 2017

Opening themselves up to allegations of getting their knickers in a twist or being ‘pants’, the V&A are emptying out their drawers of drawers for Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, featuring over 200 examples of underwear for men and women. Hold back sniggers as you read the following from the exhibition’s advance publicity: ‘Highlights will include long cotton drawers worn by Queen Victoria’s mother; an 1842 man’s waist belt used on the wearer’s wedding day; a 1960s Mary Quant body stocking; a pair of gender neutral briefs by Acne; a sheer dress by Liza Bruce famously worn by Kate Moss; and flesh-coloured leggings decorated with a mirrored glass fig leaf by Vivienne Westwood.’

The hazards of wearing crinolines are considered, as well as David Beckham’s bulge, austerity corsets and ironic leggings. Recent years have seen a blurring of the lines between underwear and outerwear. The exhibition picks up on this trend while also acknowledging historical trends of partially revealing undergarments to show the world how wealthy you were and how well-constructed your inner layers.

For more information and to book tickets, see website.


Science Museum: Leonardo da Vinci

10 February – 4 September 2016

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius is an interactive exhibition at the Science Museum that reinterprets the mechanical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci in three-dimensional forms. The models in the exhibition were created in 1952 to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s birth in an exhibition at the Royal Academy. The Science Museum presents 39 of these objects, now of historical interest in themselves, alongside games and multimedia installations.

Being the Science Museum, this is not simply a tribute to a great artist but also a starting point for a scientific inquiry. Many of Leonardo’s drawings suggested improvements to existing designs, but his work was also informed by studies of the natural world in an engineering design process today known as biomimicry. The exhibition goes on to look at how his approach to mechanics has influenced research into modern robotics and aeronautics.

For more information and to book tickets, see website.

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