2018-04-20 - 2019-08-04
V&A Gallery, Design Society | Sea World Culture and Arts Center
The first exhibition at the V&A Gallery is called “Values of Design” and considers how values drive design and how design is valued, as well as highlighting the key role that design plays in society. “Values of Design” has been curated and designed specifically for the V&A Gallery, Shekou at Design Society. It features exhibits drawn from the V&A’s major collections of fashion, photography, furniture, product and graphic design, theatre and performance. It showcases objects that represent key turning points in the history of design against the backdrop of Shenzhen, a city in which design and manufacturing are developing at a rapid rate.
In the context of contemporary China, the term “design” has taken on many different values, from personal expression and problem solving to economic development.
Drawing from the V&A’s extensive permanent collection, the exhibition features over 250 objects from 900 AD to the present, and originating from 31 different countries, to frame a global debate about how design is valued and how values shape design. Seven themes provide the framework of the exhibition narrative, each representing broad value statements that have been made in the past about design: Performance, Cost, Problem solving, Materials, Identity, Communication and Wonder.