The V&A’s ‘Ocean Liners: Speed and Style’ exhibition is now officially closed – here’s its highlights and what to expect next


Yup, you read it right, folks.

Last weekend marked the last weekend of the V&A Dundee’s inaugural ‘Ocean Liners: Speed and Style’ exhibition.

‘Speed and Style’ comprised a glorious collection of more than 250 objects (think sculptures, furniture, textiles, photography and film) from across the globe – all of which encapsulated the golden era of ocean travel.

Exhibition highlights included:

>> The largest remaining fragment from the Titanic found floating on the surface of the Atlantic.

>> Personalised luggage previously belonging to the Duke of Windsor, from the exclusive Maison Goyard.

>> A large-scale golden lacquer panel from the first-class smoking room on the Normandie, designed by Jean Dunand.

>> A diamond and pearl tiara by Cartier, previously owned by Lady Marguerite Allan, and saved from the Lusitania

And so much more. 

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Imagine a room big enough to comfortably hold four of these. Now imagine that on a boat! The first two weeks of September will see us go from a “museum in the making" to one that opens its doors wide and finally welcomes you all. We’re using this fortnight to post one thing each day to celebrate this transition and take you with us on the journey towards being a real, live museum. Today, on our opening day (!), we give you this amazing lacquered wall panel from the smoking room on the French liner, Normandie. It's a decorative art deco piece and one of four in that room; together they explored 'The Pursuits of Man'. #VADundee #museum #interiordesign #brass #OceanLiners #VADMuseumInTheMaking

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It’s not too tricky to understand why SeeDundee are saddened by the exhibition’s close.

BUT – the design museum’s brand spanking new exhibition ‘Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt’ is happening in April, and we cannot wait.

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt

A screenshot from Journey, which will form part of the Design/Play/Disrupt exhibit (Photo: V&A Dundee).

This exhibition, currently on display in the V&A London, will run in our wee city from April 20 to September 8.

It explores the complex design of video gaming and the importance of their presence in the ever-evolving design field (we are the city of design, after all).

Stay tuned on SeeDundee for more about the V&A’s impressive list of 2019 exhibitions.

We hope you lot enjoyed ‘Ocean Liners: Speed and Style’ as much as we did.

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Claire Merten