Surreal Things V&A

Exhibition Design

This major exhibition in 2007 explored the relationship between Surrealism and design, focusing on fashion, furniture, interiors and the decorative arts.

Where possible, Metaphor took objects out of showcases and experimented with different modes of display and interpretation to create a powerful, theatrical experience that dovetailed with the objects and the story. An arresting welcome display ushered visitors into a surreal threshold space with a recreation of de Chirico’s stage sets for Diaghilev’s Le Bal.

The exhibition was widely and enthusiastically reviewed and drew record box-office numbers.

© Photography by Philip Vile and Hufton + Crow