V&A acquire the Felix Dennis Oz Archive
With Art Fund support, the V&A has announced that it has acquired the Felix Dennis Oz Archive, marking 50 years since the first publication of the revolutionary magazine, Oz.
Felix Dennis was co-editor of the underground magazine published between 1967 and 1973, which sought to challenge the establishment and encapsulated the spirit of 1960s and 70s counter-culture. His archive not only recounts Oz's kaleidoscophic history across its 48 issues, but chronicles one of the most politically and socially revolutionary periods in world history.
The Archive, purchased with Art Fund support, joins the V&A's world-renowned Theatre and Performance collections alongside the archives of the Royal Court Theatre, Hapshash and the Coloured Coat and Glastonbury Festival. The archive is currently being catalogued and digitised by the V&A, and highlights will feature in a forthcoming display tracing a history of British censorship, opening in summer 2018.
The Felix Dennis Oz Archive includes items related to the Oz Obscenity Trial, including badges, shirts, stickers and flyers distributed on the streets in 1971. It also includes a typescript of 'God Save Us' by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Other highlights include personal correspondence, diaries and cuttings belonging to Dennis from his Oz years, such as material related to the running of the magazine and a letter he received from his mother during his time in jail.
Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, says: 'We're very glad to support the V&A in this unique opportunity to acquire an archive of great importance to the cultural and political history of the 1960s Britain. The diverse contents of the archive will resonate powerfully both with the wider collections of the V&A and, of course, with the visiting public.'