Exhibition in 2018 will show fragment of Titanic first-class lounge and works by Le Corbusier and Stanley Spencer
A piece of the RMS Titanic will next year return to Britain for the first time since it sailed from Southampton on its doomed maiden voyage in 1912. A fragment of the carved wooden overdoors in the first-class lounge—the largest surviving relic of the ship—will be the last object on show in a 2018 exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style (3 February-10 June). The rare loan from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Canada, comes “from where the liner split apart”, said the museum’s director, Tristram Hunt, at a press briefing today (27 July).
The exhibition will present more than 250 items, many of them never seen before in Europe, including an 1880s model of a quadruple expansion steam engine, a Lanvin beaded silk flapper dress worn by a well-travelled New York socialite and a Cartier diamond and pearl tiara saved from the Lusitania, which was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland during the First World War. There will also be Art Deco and Modernist works that decorated ocean liners or were inspired by them, by artists such as Le Corbusier, Charles Demuth and Stanley Spencer. read more