Club culture explored with new V&A Dundee exhibit
The V&A Dundee is set to reopen on Saturday with a “unique and exciting” exhibition on the history of nightclub design.
ight Fever: Designing Club Culture traces the evolution of nightclubs from the 1960s to the present day and travels through places like Italy, New York, Paris, Manchester, London, Beirut and Berlin.
The main nightclubs featured in the exhibition include Space Electronic in Florence, 1969, and Studio 54 in New York in 1977, as well as The Hacienda, Manchester, in 1982 and the Glasgow Sub Club from 1987.
The exhibit includes a new section on Scotland’s distinct club culture and features playlists of music chosen and mixed by Scottish DJs and artists.
Leonie Bell, Director of V&A Dundee, said: “I cannot think of a better exhibition with which to reopen V&A Dundee, as we all look to the future with hope and optimism.
“Night Fever: Designing Club Culture is a unique and exciting take on nightclubs from the 1960s to today, including iconic Scottish clubs.
“Clubs are fascinating spaces where a wide range of design disciplines come together to create distinct, collective and immersive experiences on the dance floor.
“The past year has encouraged everyone to think about what is important to them, and it has been wonderful to see the growing recognition of the cultural importance of nightclubs.
“These spaces are a rich and influential part of our culture and we are delighted to celebrate them in this exclusive UK exhibition.”
V&A Dundee is hosting and hosting a series of Night Fever-inspired online events, talks and workshops that will run alongside the show, including a conversation between Studio 54 co-creator Ian Schrager and DJ from Radio 1 Benji B on May 27.
Next up is the free online Tay Late on May 7, which features a DJ set by Ana Matronic, music from Dundee’s The Freak Records, and a newly commissioned film combining spoken word, visuals and original sound by Kayus. Bankole of Mercury, winner of the Mercury Prize. Scottish group Young Fathers.
Developed by the Vitra Design Museum and ADAM – Brussels Design Museum, the exhibition, which runs until January 9, includes films, photographs, posters, flyers and fashion, as well as an installation bright and musical.
Jochen Eisenbrand, Chief Curator of the Vitra Design Museum, said: “This is the first major exhibition to look into the design history of nightclubs, extremely important cultural places that have long been overlooked.
“Since the 1960s, nightclubs have been incredibly experimental spaces for designers and architects to push the limits of their abilities and imaginations, and for people to come together to have fun, create and express themselves. safely.
“It’s great to be working again with V&A Dundee and opening this festive exhibit at another important moment in the club’s cultural history.”
Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now at www.vam.ac.uk/dundee.