Antique Dealers: the British Antiques Trade in the 20th Century, a cultural geography

Christopher Wilk

Christopher WilkChristopher Wilk, Victoria and Albert Museum

Christopher Wilk is Keeper of the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department at the V&A, a post he has held since 2000.  He is also responsible for the V&A’s Contemporary Architecture, Design and Digital Section.  Christopher joined the V&A in 1988 as Assistant Keeper of Modern Furniture and became Chief Curator in 1990.  He began his career at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (Department of Architecture and Design) and also worked as a curator of decorative arts at the Brooklyn Museum.

Christopher was the curator of the V&A’s major 2006 exhibition, ‘Modernism: Designing a New World 1914-1939’ (and editor of the catalogue), and was Chief Curator of the British Galleries project (1996-2001).  He is the author of books on Thonet, Marcel Breuer, and Frank Lloyd Wright, editor and contributor to Western Furniture 1350 to the present day, and co-editor and contributor to Creating the British Galleries at the V&A, a Study in Museology.  He contributed to the V&A’s Furniture Gallery (opened December 2012) and his is currently researching the history of plywood for a V&A exhibition (2017).

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