V&A exhibits African Art

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The Victoria & Albert Museum has opened a new exhibition looking at the development of modern African art and design.

More than 100 items are in display in the show that looks at pieces that day back to the 1850s and showcase the very best techniques used by African artists.

Victoria and Albert Museum entrance in Kensington

The show is open until the beginning of February next year and could appeal to visitors staying at central London hotels over the coming months.

Entry is free to the exhibition, which is based in the popular museum’s Studio Gallery and has been developed with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Exploring Hidden Histories will feature a variety of pieces from the Victoria & Albert’s own collection including sculptures, jewellery and textiles and will feature items from a number of African countries.

Highlights of the show are expected to include jewellery created in Ethiopia in the 19th-century and Asante gold ornaments from Ghana and a number of black and white photographs by Walker Evans. He was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1935 to document its first exhibition of African art.

The exhibition is open until February 3rd and visitors should consider combining their trip to the museum with a number of other events currently being hosted by the venue.

One popular show features more than 100 Hollywood costume designs that have been featured in key movies. The exhibition has taken more than five years to plan and includes iconic outfits such as John Travolta’s Saturday Night Fever white suit, Superman’s lycra all-in-one and the red shoes worn by Judy Garland in Wizard of Oz.

The Victoria & Albert Museum is close to South Kensington underground station on the Piccadilly, Circle and District lines.