Winnie-the-Pooh heads to the V&A

Original drawings of Winnie-the-Pooh will go on display at London’s V&A for the first time in nearly 40 years as part of the UK’s largest ever exhibition about the fictional bear.

Called Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic (December 9-April 8), the exhibition will reveal the creative partnership of author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard, and factors contributing to the success of Winnie-the-Pooh.

It will be designed for children and adults and consider the real-life personalities and relationships that created Pooh.

Next summer the V&A will open an exhibition about the clothes and possessions of artist Frida Kahlo (June 16- November 4).

It will be the first exhibition to be held outside Mexico of Kahlo’s clothing and personal possessions, including prosthetics, medicines, accessories, jewellery, photographs and letters.

Other major exhibitions at the V&A include Opera: Passion, Power and Politics (September 30-February 25), looking at opera, from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day, in the inaugural exhibition of the new Sainsbury Gallery.

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style (February 3-June 10) will study the design stories of the world’s greatest ocean liners, including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra.

Fashioned From Nature (April 21-January 27, 2019) will explore the relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day.

In the first UK exhibition to examine the environmental impact of fashion over more than 400 years, fashionable dress will be presented alongside natural history specimens, taxidermy and unprocessed materials.

The Future Starts Here (May 12-November 4) will explore the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow – from smart appliances to satellites, and artificial intelligence to internet culture.

An exhibition about the design of video games will open on September 8, 2018, running until February 24, 2019.

This exhibition explores the design and culture of videogames since the mid-2000s, when major technological advancements increased access to the internet and social media.

Next year also sees the opening of two projects which are part of the V&A’s FuturePlan development programme.

The V&A Photography Centre will open in autumn, allowing the museum to display a larger number and range of photographs, negatives, camera technology, books and archival materials.

Autumn 2018 will also see the opening of the museum’s Cast Courts, which were built in the 19th century to house one of the most comprehensive collections of casts of post-classical European sculpture.

Pictured: ‘The bees are getting suspicious’, Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 1, pencil drawing by E. H. Shepard © The Shepard Trust

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