Exhibition Helmut Völter - The Cabinets

Anonymous, Interior View, undated.V&A Collection, E.2625-2016. V&A Museum

Sat, 17.09.2016 -
Thu, 22.09.2016

Victoria & Albert Museum

Cromwell Road
SW7 2RL London

Today’s images are, in most cases, electronic data. According to their tags, they can be arranged and put into new orders within no time. In his installation, Goethe V&A Photography Resident Helmut Völter uses the elegant wooden cabinets of the Museum Lunch Room, which were built in the 1950s to house parts of the V&A’s textiles archive, to playfully revive an era when images were physical objects that had to be filed according to strict categories. Each cabinet displays a category, whereby the photographs and images from the V&A’s collection selected by Völter crisscross genres, styles and time periods.

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