V&A Gallery opens at Shenzhen's Design Society in important UK-China collaboration

A pioneering partnership between the UK and China, the new V&A Gallery in Shenzhen will be the cornerstone of the city's cultural hub dedicated to design.

Opened on 1 December 2017, the V&A Gallery at Design Society is China's first major museum of design and the result of a partnership between the V&A and China Merchants Shekou that started in 2014. Following the concept of 'Values of Design', the story told is how we have historically valued design and how design has produced value. The gallery was designed by Sam Jacob Studio, with graphics by Fraser Muggeridge studio, and films by Alice Masters, with the design drawing on a rich variety of materials, processes and technologies.

Housed within the Design Society's home, the Sea World Culture and Arts Center by renowned Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, the new space features a gallery for showcasing design with over 250 objects from the V&A's permanent collection including a number of new made-in-Shenzhen objects. Two of V&A's touring exhibitions are planned to arrive at the V&A Gallery in Shenzhen in the first few years of opening.

This is part of V&A's biggest ever international iniative and this project contributes to Shenzhen's ambitions to compete on a global scale as capital of design, underpinned by its designation as a UNESCO City of Design in 2008.

Read more about the project on the V&A in Shekhou blog

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


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