V&A Museum: Europe 1600 – 1815

Visiting exhibition is a good practice regarding learning from the extracurricular studies. Attentively we can learn about the experience design, myself to be at the point of view of being an audience can mentally feel the different elements of the atmosphere compare to be an organiser; study the perception in the room and organised layout as the learning references for further research. During the process, it can also build up my interest in this field.img_7412-copy

According to my own perception during the visit, it is on the various developments during the decades in the Europe. They covered loads of areas such as home essentials, masquerades, accessories, commerce, global trade, luxury, war and to the death. I started off from Section 1 which is the home to the death, going from the recent past to the past.  The routine was different from the planned routine given by the museum, but surprisingly the sequences work perfect for me, like a journey back to the past. The displayed items are mostly modern in that era, some things unique and innovative that became a new famous trend for having them in the collection.

The artworks are fascinating to be admired; the well hand-made technique; the details the makers had put in, the enormous time and effort that were spent on to create all those things are deliberately shown in the whole exhibition and gain most of my respects to all those artists. It also made me feel new in a way because I was not expecting anything interesting to be existed, having an impression in mind that the content will be similar as the other Europe history exhibitions I had visited before. Not with the standing, the neoclassicism is the fancy discovery I had found out on the day, especially the detailed designs of accessories and the musical equipment are innovatively incredible.

The labelling system is good qualified. Big title at the label: Shows the connection between each item that is displayed in the same box, give you the general idea or concept of the organisation. Being an excellent guidance for visitors. The welcoming environment attracts different nationalities and being age-friendly which I think it’s necessarily relevant in ‘Exhibition Design’.

The sections are decorated with various colours; confined space or room with the windows open letting the light in; all factors are meant to be organised in that way with purpose; stands out the artefacts by relevant coloured background; draw in narratives and gain the audience attention. Moreover, the museum is being so generous for this topic, the rooms used for this exhibition providing a nice L-shape corridor like routine, as the audience it made me feel the artworks are presented in sequences and building up my interest steadily while I was walking around.

Despite the great side, not everything is perfect. At first, I feel lost at the Section1. There are too many things overlapping until I realise they tried to present the sense of home into the context. That is why the clothes were displayed randomly from the ground as the human moving in the space, and most of the items that would be at ‘home’ area all gathered together. The main and last disappointing thing would be they left out the lives of the poor citizens. They are too focused on the bright side of the period of times by showing the valuable novelties and privileged elite from the wealthy. Overall, the content is rich, powerful and attractive. However, in my point of view, I would like to see the real facts or a contrast which will be more knowledge.









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