V&A has opened their first international gallery in Shenzhen, China

IN collaboration with China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) have opened their first international gallery in Shenzhen, China. The V&A undertook this collaborative project as a way to reach new audiences and engage new parts of the world. The new gallery is called the V&A Gallery and it is located at the Sea World Culture and Arts Centre (SWCAC) operated by the Design Society, a new cultural platform seeking to activate Shenzhen, a traditional manufacturing city, as the centre of Asian design. The V&A Gallery will be China’s first design museum.

V&A GalleryInterior of the Design Society

The inaugural exhibition at the V&A Gallery, Shenzhen is titled Values of Design. It was curated and designed by Brendan Cormier and the Sam Jacob Studio. The exhibition consists of 250 items from the V&A’s permanent collection with a focus on objets from 20th and 21st century that represent major turning points in the history of design. Each piece either questions or support a fundamental of design and material culture.

Examples of objects chosen for Values of Design exhibition are an Iranian astrolabe which would have been used by astronomers to measure the inclined position of a celestial body, and a Stella McCartney H&M Jumpsuit. Future exhibitions will include two touring exhibitions from the V&A in London over the next three years.

v&A GalleryValues of Design at V&A Gallery, Design Society.
Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

V&A Gallery Values of Design at V&A Gallery, Design Society.
Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

by Allie Nawrat 

The V&A Gallery at Shenzhen is open now

The Values of Design exhibition will run from December, 2 2017 until August, 4 2019

Design Society, 1187 Wanghai Road, Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China