East London-based ZMMA’s new Europe galleries at the V&A is set to open to the public later this week
The galleries showcase European art from between 1600 and 1815 and sit next to the V&A’s man entrance and include more than 1,100 objects.
The £12.5million competition-winning project reworked seven of the museum’s galleries and completes the restoration of the entire front wing of the V&A.
The work included the complete removal of the building’s 1970s interior cladding while reclaiming back of house storage space to add an extra 1,550m2 of exhibition space.
The scheme is the largest gallery refurbishment in the second phase of the V&A’s FuturePlan which was begun by the late Moira Gemmill.
Martin Roth, V&A director, said: ‘These new galleries are a major development in our ambitious programme to renew the architecture of the V&A for the 21st century and, at the same time, re-examine and re-present our collection for our visitors. At a time when roles and relationships within Europe and the world are under scrutiny, it is interesting to explore the objects, makers and patrons of a period that was so influential upon the habits and lifestyle of Europe today.’
Adam Zombory-Moldovan, design director at ZMMA, added: ‘Inspired by the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical objects in the V&A’s collection, we have created richly engaging galleries with modern interventions poised elegantly in the restored Aston Webb architecture. Our architectural settings for the displays are detailed in beautiful materials like bronze, walnut, dark stone and leather, making the displays accessible and atmospheric.’
The galleries open to the public on 9 December.
The V&A’s Europe Galleries by ZMMA