What is Luxury?

Scholze, Jana [Curator of an exhibition] and Wierzba, Leanna [Curator of an exhibition] (2015) What is Luxury? .


The exhibition ‘What is Luxury?’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum interrogated general ideas about luxury, its production and future by scrutinizing the relationship of luxury to change, context and conventions. It included objects which demonstrated extraordinary investment in time and skill on the part of their makers as well as projects which investigated social, material and economic networks in order to stimulate alternative thinking about luxury’s future. Against general expectation, the exhibition was not focused on luxury consumption. Instead, inquiry seemed valuable in reflecting on motifs and motivations of luxury production to highlight the investment on side of the maker and enable speculations about possible futures. Such speculations reflected on current definitions of luxury and empowered thinking about relationships, provoked consequential developments and suggested alternatives. The curatorial approach was based on an understanding that meanings of luxury change according to its contexts. The exhibition took the question as title serious but instead of providing a definition of luxury, the exhibition offered a terminology as structuring principle to highlight aspects and encourage individual interpretations of luxury. The exhibition was divided into four consecutive sections: Creating Luxury, A Space for Time, A Future for Luxury, and What is Your Luxury? It started with the premise that luxury production implies and represents an investment in time and the application of skills. The next section asked whether luxury is fundamentally connected to time and space when luxury is defined by experiences of time spent and its availability. The important relationship between luxury and value was examined through projects that critically examined issues like access, privacy and memory. The final section highlighted the importance of individual freedom, aspiration and dream for any decision about luxury.

Item Type: Exhibition
Locations and Dates of Event:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K.25 April 201527 September 2015
Additional Information: This exhibition was the third in a series of three exhibitions that the V&A developed in collaboration with the Crafts Council.
Physical Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, Porter Gallery
Research Area: Architecture and the built environment
Art and design
Economics and econometrics
Geography and environmental studies
History of art, architecture and design
Politics and international studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > Centre for Contemporary Visual and Material Culture
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Depositing User: Dr. Jana Scholze
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2017 10:41
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2017 10:41
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/38785

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