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V&A Dundee presents the brilliance of Scottish creativity and the best of design from around the world.
The first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee provides a place of inspiration, discovery and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design.
Opened in September 2018, the building was designed by award-winning Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Associates. With its complex geometry, inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the north-east coast of Scotland, it stretches out into the River Tay – a new landmark connecting the city with its historic waterfront, and a new major cultural development for Scotland and the UK.
At the heart of the museum, the Scottish Design Galleries feature 300 exhibits drawn from the V&A’s rich collections of Scottish design, as well as from museums and private collections across Scotland and the world.
At the centre of these galleries stands the magnificent Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room meticulously restored, conserved and reconstructed with Art Fund support through a partnership between V&A Dundee, Glasgow Museums and Dundee City Council. Visitors to the museum will be able to experience once again Mackintosh’s extraordinary talent in designing this room, lost to view for nearly 50 years.
From architecture to fashion, healthcare to furniture, and engineering to video game design, around 300 exhibits have been drawn from the V&A’s world-famous collections of art, design and performance, as well as museums, private collections and designers across Scotland and the world.
Curated in collaboration with V&A South Kensington, the Scottish Design Galleries explore Scotland’s design landscape, historically and today. Highlights range from a 15th-century book of illuminated manuscrips to a wearable AI device that monitors a patient's vital signs, from a tiara boasting 2,500 diamonds to a pair of Hunter wellies.
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Art Fund supported the conservation, restoration and permanent redisplay of The Oak Room, a complete tea room interior designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1907 and considered one of his key works.
Stephen Deuchar, director of Art Fund, said, 'While Art Fund has helped in the combined acquisition and conservation of a number of works in our 115-year history, this marks the first instance of us specifically funding a major conservation project in its own right.'