V&A Dundee To Open Its Doors in Scotland

September 12, 2018

Scotland’s first design museum, V&A Dundee will open its doors to the public on Saturday, September 15th, 2018. The institution will be focused on telling a global story, investigating the international importance of design alongside presenting the country’s outstanding design achievements.

Designed by acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the beautiful building is characterized by complex geometry inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the north-east coast of Scotland. The museum’s light-filled wooden interior and impressive spaces have been described by architect Kengo Kuma as a "living room for the city".

Stretching out into the River Tay, V&A Dundee will be a new landmark connecting the city with its historic waterfront.

V&A Dundee Scotland © Hufton+Crow
V&A Dundee, Scotland © Hufton+Crow

The Exhibition Program

Positioned as the heart of the museum, the Scottish Design Galleries feature 300 exhibits sourced from the V&A’s rich collections of Scottish design, as well as from museums and private collections across Scotland and the world. Standing at the center of the galleries, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room has been beautifully restored and conserved, exhibiting Mackintosh’s extraordinary talent in designing, his sensibility and respect for nature, lost to view for nearly 50 years.

The exhibition program will open with Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, the first exhibition to explore the design and cultural impact of the ocean linear on an international scale. Among highlights is This, looped, the work by Glasgow-based artist and former Turner prize nominee Ciara Phillips.

V&A Dundee Scotland © Hufton+Crow
Left and Right: V&A Dundee Scotland © Hufton+Crow

A Cultural Milestone

The remarkable building of V&A brings together nature and architecture. The architect Kengo Kuma explained he was inspired by the cliffs of north-eastern Scotland which appear "as if the earth and water had a long conversation and finally created this stunning shape."

The Director of V&A Dundee, Philip Long explains this is a historic occasion for the city and a very proud moment for all involved:

V&A Dundee’s aspiration is to enrich lives, helping people to enjoy, be inspired by and find new opportunities through understanding the designed world.

Dundee City Council Leader, Councillor John Alexander sees the museum as "the perfect illustration of how the city is forging a new path and being transformed for every resident, worker and visitor," while Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, explains that in addition to being a cultural milestone for the city of Dundee, it is also "a landmark moment in V&A history." 

V&A Dundee Scotland © Hufton+Crow
V&A Dundee Scotland © Hufton+Crow

The Opening of V&A Dundee

As Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop explains, V&A Dundee will certainly "delight, educate and inspire visitors from far and wide, putting Scotland on the international stage."

The V&A Dundee will be open to the public on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 in Dundee, Scotland. The opening will be celebrated by the 3D Festival, a free two-day event on September 14th and 15th which includes performances by Primal Scream in collaboration with Scottish artist Jim LambieLewis CapaldiBe Charlotte and Gary Clark of Danny Wilson. In addition to musical performance, the festival will feature spectacular new dance, design and lightning collaborations.

The next opportunity to visit the museum will be on Monday, September 17th at 10 a.m.

V&A Dundee - Drone Filming August 2018, by Rapid Visual Media

Featured image: V&A Dundee Scotland © Hufton+Crow. All images courtesy of V&A Dundee.