The V&A's Headline-Grabbing Collection
on 12 July 2014
Spanning over 5,000 years of art, design and decor from around the world, London's V&A Museum boasts one of the largest and most esteemed permanent collections in the world. The latest addition is curated not by type of object or place of origin, but by its ability to create a public dialogue in politics, pop culture and current affairs. The aptly dubbed Rapid Response Collecting gallery places a major emphasis on recency, installing items immediately as their relevance rises. From the controversial 3D-printed handgun to an installation of the inexplicably viral and mysterious app Flappy Bird, the collection illustrates the museum's commitment to remaining relevant in a 24-hour digital society while emboldening fading headlines with material permanence.