|Kengo Kuma's V & A Dundee
There was a young busker singing in the warm acoustic setting – rich with the river light and wood beams.
V & A Dundee's Japanese architect Kengo Kuma brings nature’s environment into his buildings, outside the stone cliffs reverberate with movement and water runs underneath. The senses renewal for Dundee – and a new space of confidence and belief.
And just like a great ship - the outside is cold and grey while inside a golden glow welcomes us.
Design and Identity
Scottish visual identity –
There is a display of the Jacobite allegiance, with tartan, plaid, Celtic design, romance
Centre of skilled craftsmanship, design and of ideas between Scotland and Europe.
From the historic 1480 Book of Hours, The Poetry of Ossian, by James Macpherson.
….Paisley, shawls, Harris tweed, Clyde built ships, distinctive Glasgow style.
|Great Ocean Liners
There were interesting posters on display - the Beano, Fringe; Theatre, Slab boys,
Dundee is the home of Scotland’s vibrant games centre - Lemmings, Mike Daily. Apps, and a hands on creative section.
There is an impressive exhibition of the great age of the Ocean Liners.
Scotland and Asia 1786, where fortunes were made East India trading company.
From1300 – 1707 there were strong links to France, the Baltic and the North Seas.
There were Churchmen, scholars, merchants, mercenaries, who travelled or settled. https://www.vam.ac.uk/dundee
I felt there could have been more focus on Dundee itself and its hugely diverse history.
|Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room
|Ossian Poems by James Macpherson