Partnership with Bhau Daji Lad
Museum, Mumbai

Two exhibition collaborations between the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai:  Something That I’ll Never Really See: Contemporary Photography from the V&A (November 2010 – January 2011) and A Century of Olympic Posters (January to March 2011).


  • V&A, London
  • Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai


To develop the continuing partnership between the two organisations by working together on the display of two exhibitions in 2010 and 2011. The project also enables the V&A to build on the relationships formed and lessons learnt during the tour of Indian Life and Landscapes to six venues in India (2008-2010).

Project details

The V&A signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in November 2005, with the aim of developing links and potential collaborations between the two institutions. Curators from both organisations will develop the exhibition Something That I’ll Never Really See, modifying the content for the audience in Mumbai. This collaborative approach supports the sharing of expertise, contributing especially to the care of photographic collections. The exhibition showcases photographs by well-known artists including Gavin Turk, David Hockney and Nick Knight.

A Century of Olympic Posters was created to promote and celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The Commonwealth Games will be held in India in October 2010, making the subject matter pertinent to Indian audiences. V&A staff from the Exhibitions, Conservation and Technical Services departments will travel to Mumbai for the installation and take-down of the exhibition. This will provide an opportunity for both formal and informal skills-sharing sessions under practical working conditions.

The V&A will again work in partnership with the British Council in Mumbai to deliver a vibrant educational offer for local audiences.