All of This Belongs to You
1 April – 19 July 2015
Comprising four sitespecific installations, three displays, two online commissions and a series of events – including a special late opening on election night.
Opening up the museum as a stage for debate and discussion, each of these projects focuses on the V&A's role in contemporary life – particularly what it means to be responsible for a national public collection.
Dotted around the museum are four installations by contributing architects, designers and artists; highlights include Jorge Otero-Pailos’s commission which uses conservation latex to ‘clean’ the hollow inside of the V&A's largest object – Trajan's Colum – removing dust and dirt accumulated over decades, and Natalie Jeremijenko's Phenological Clock in the grand entrance, which depicts 12 months in the life-cycle of the flowering plants and pollinating insects that surround the V&A.
Three thematic displays centre on Ways to be Public, Ways to be Secret and Civic Objects. More than 40 new acquisitions have been made, while loaned objects include the hard drives that held documents leaked to the Guardian newspaper by Edward Snowden, and which were subsequently ordered to be destroyed by the UK government.