Small Stories: At home in a dolls’ house
V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
Until 6 September 2015. Entrance: Free
Whiteladies House by Moray Thomas. England, 1935
Kaleidoscope House by Laurie Simmons, Peter Wheelwright and Bozart. USA, 2001
Hopkinson House – bedroom detail set in 1940s. England, 1980s-1990s
This exhibition explores the history of the home through 12 dolls’ houses from the past 300 years. It includes a 1930s dolls’ house, Whiteladies House, designed by artist Moray Thomas, modelled on the handful of Modernist country villas emerging in Hampstead at the time. Kaleidoscope House, designed by Laurie Simmons, is a more contemporary exhibit, built from multicoloured translucent walls, and filled with miniature replicas of Ron Arad, Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger furniture and artworks. Another exhibit, Hopkinson House, is based on the houses of London County Council’s 1930s suburb, the St Helier Estate. For more information on the exhibition, and the book that has been published to accompany it, visit the Museum of Childhood website. Images: Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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