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Dundee’s latest V&A exhibition

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The McManus: Art Gallery & Museum

The McManus: Art Gallery & Museum


As a budding artist myself, I was very excited to find out that some of London’s most outstanding artworks are going on show in my favourite city – Dundee.

And why is this exhibition so exciting?

  • Four amazing artists – Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol
  • Brilliant works direct from the V&A collection
  • Just one in a series of exhibitions
  • It’s free!
  • In a few years’ time, Dundee will have its own V&A museum!

Modern Masters in Print: Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol opens at the McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum today, and runs until Sunday 17 November 2013.

It’s just one of a series of exhibitions being held at the McManus in the lead up to the opening of the V&A Dundee on 15 September 2018. And there is nothing more exciting, whether you’re fascinated by art or just an occasional gallery visitor, than being able to admire and learn about great artists in the heart of your own city, or one nearby!

Philip Long, Director of V&A at Dundee, said: “Printmaking is a fascinating medium and this outstanding exhibition allows a real insight into the energy and creativity of the period. Modern Masters is a fabulous opportunity to see work from four true exemplars of printmaking and we are delighted that the city’s audiences will have the chance to be inspired by the originality and invention of the work on display.”

For Matisse and Picasso, printmaking was one of the many artistic media they employed, and one which they used to explore themes and motifs from other areas of their work. For Dalí, printmaking was an exercise in experimentation, through which he developed many imaginative new processes. Warhol’s prints were his primary means of expression and central to his work. His screen-prints based on mass-produced images challenged the concept of the ‘original’ print.

There was exciting news last week for Dundee as the project to build the V&A museum took another step forward, with planning permission granted by the city council.

The latest flythrough of the building shows not only the fascinating exterior, designed by Kengo Kuma, but also gives a glimpse of what it will be like inside this structure, which will sit on the harbour of Dundee.

V&A at Dundee virtual flythrough from V&A at Dundee on Vimeo.

Having hailed from the area originally, I’ve seen the work going into the waterfront development in Dundee and it’s great to see the city clearing out the old to make way for the new and shiny.

The first V&A museum outside of London is expected to begin construction in the summer of 2014, with the installation of the first exhibitions and displays in 2016.

In an update on the project, Mr Long said: “Kengo Kuma’s fabulous design will give Dundee and Scotland a wonderful space to enjoy outstanding international exhibitions, and to learn about and get involved with Scotland’s remarkable history of design creativity. I believe it will attract visitors from across the world.”

So, head on down to the McManus any day until November and experience what it will be like when the V&A opens in Dundee!

The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 12.30pm to 4.40pm on a Sunday. Admission is free.

You can find out more about the partners behind the project and get updates on the build at


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