The AFV&A are delighted to support Cars: Accelerating the Modern World, the first international design retrospective of the motor car. Over the course of a 130-year history, cars have become one of the most loved, contested and influential innovations in the world. As the driving force that accelerated the pace of the 20th century, they revolutionized manufacturing around the world, and introduced radical new ways of styling, making and selling. The car has transformed how we move, as well as our experience of speed, forever changing our cities, environment and economies.

Photo of the Benz patent motor car, model no. 3, 1888. Image courtesy of Daimler

Drawing on highlights from the V&A’s world-class collections of fashion, photography, painting, sculpture and architecture, this immersive exhibition will also feature several vintage and modern car models, alongside over 250 car-related and inspired objects and specially commissioned films. 15 diverse cars will tell extraordinary stories about design and the car’s impact on the broader world. These cars include the first production car in existence; an autonomous flying car; a converted low-rider; and a 1950s concept car. As we approach another major turning point in automotive design, the exhibition looks at the role of the car in shaping the world we live in today.

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Cars: Accelerating the Modern World opens at the V&A on Saturday November 23, 2019.

Free to Members of the AFV&A and V&A (£18 for non-members)
Saturday-Thursday: 10.00-17.30
Friday: 10.00-21.45

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World is supported by Bosch.

With further support from The Cars: Accelerating the Modern World Exhibition Supporters’ Circle
American Friends of the V&A
Audrey & Martin Gruss
Chris & Nicky Thom