Senior curator Catherine Ince introduced waiting members of the press to the V&A Museum's Sackler Courtyard: the world's first porcelain public courtyard - paved in 11,000 handmade tiles, along with associate architect Matthew Wilkinson.
The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter will really come into it's own later in the year however, when the new Sainsbury Gallery (below), a flexible, 1,100sq m column-free exhibition gallery for temporary exhibitions officially opens with the inaugural exhibition, Opera: Passion Power and Politics, in September.
For now, the space is filled with sound, with Liam Byrne providing a soundscape which is designed to adapt to the natural rhythm of the day. His recordings of early music instruments are slowed right down to be played over the eight hour opening period of the space. Early mornings are more enlivened and evenings wind down. Taking a journey in sounds, Liam will also be involved in the upcoming Opera exhibition.
The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter took six years to realise - and the most obvious aspect is the new entrance in the form of the Aston Webb Screen: which sees visitors enter the V&A from the street through the 11 openings formed from the 1909 Aston Webb Screen.
REVEAL, a free, week-long public festival (30 June-7 July) celebrates the opening of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, and offers a unique opportunity for the public to explore the Museum’s newly designed spaces before exhibition programming begins in the autumn. Art, performance, fashion and family activities will bring the architecture and collections to life, reflecting on the V&A’s unique combination of heritage, modernity and technology.