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Cars: Accelerating the Modern World

November 23 2019 - April 19 2020

Cars Accelerating the Modern World (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cars Accelerating the Modern World (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London


A must-see exhibition for any automotive enthusiast, the V&A Museum is launching a brand new exhibition, Cars: Accelerating the Modern World, exploring the significant role of the car in the 20th century.

From an autonomous flying car to the world’s first production car and a fascinating 1950s concept car, visitors will discover an array of vehicles which have never before been showcased in the UK.

Divided into three key sections – ‘Going Fast’, ‘Making More’ and ‘Shaping Space’ – and spanning 15 cars and 250 objects, the exhibition will look at the way the car has shaped our societies, both environmentally and economically, as well as its rapid development over the past 130 years.

From 20th Century car designs, to science-fiction films, magazine illustrations and more, ‘Going Fast’ will explore how the car conceived of an ‘accelerated future’, in which visitors will get a glimpse of the Benz Patent Motorwagen 3, the world’s first ever production car and that driven by Bertha Benz in the revolutionary first ever long-distance expedition by car.

The second section, ‘Making More’ will look at the manufacturing of the car and its role in transforming worldwide consumerism, with view to a 1925 Ford Model-T and a bespoke Hispano-Suiza Type H6B from 1922.

The final part of the exhibition, ‘Shaping Space’, looks to the future of the automotive industry, as well as its powerful effect on the planet. Here, the Messerschmitt KR200 bubble car, the Ford Nucleon, and the Pop.Up Next autonomous flying car from Audi, Italdesign and Airbus will be on display.

Curator, Brendan Cormier said: ‘The V&A’s mission is to champion the power of design to change the world, and no other design object has impacted the world more than the automobile. This exhibition is about the power of design to effect change, and the unintended consequences that have contributed to our current environmental situation.’


23 November 2019 – 19 April 2020


The V&A Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL


Tickets are £18. Members and children under the age of 11 go free. Book via vam.ac.uk


November 23 2019
April 19 2020
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