Victoria and Albert Museum

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Today is the first day of installation of the objects – an exciting moment as one wonders just how everything will really look. We begin with challenges to get the 1909 poster with Serov’s wonderful drawing of Anna Pavlova into one case and Boris Godunov’s wonderful robes into another. The poster just fits through the door but there is a problem with Boris. We have lost his head...
Thursday 26 August Today the graphics were checked and large contextual images elements positioned. Are they the correct height for the average visitor to view comfortably? Are they legible? At what angle should the portrait of Diaghilev be on the opening panel? The map of Russia near the entrance is now sorted and, thanks to Sarah’s now encyclopaedic...
Yet another e-mail has arrived from a kind person saying that the V&A is late in mounting their exhibition. I’ve been receiving these ever since the exhibition’s dates were announced. Well exact dates to mark the birth of a company are usually dictated by company propaganda and it is always worth looking at what is being celebrated. Diaghilev’s ‘Saisons...
Massive progress on build this week but only 11 working days left and all the glass has yet to be fitted. There are over three hundred objects to install so the galleries must be handed over by 31 August. Above Geoffrey March, my co-curator stands in the area in which our Nijinsky material will be displayed. Work has begun on the lighting which, just like lighting in dance...
While construction continues apace downstairs we are finishing checking text and visuals upstairs. Sit down for a run through of all the audio-visual (a/v) elements in the exhibition. A/v is always contentious in exhibitions – some visitors hate them – general visitors often welcome them. They cannot be too long or visitors want benches to sit down and if they are too popular they...
Usually all the case building has to be completed before any objects are allowed in. However Diaghilev is an exception because there are two huge stage cloths which are so big they have to be installed first and the exhibition built around them The Firebird backcloth is 10x16m and probably the largest object in the V&A. It is exciting to see them being carefully unrolled and raised into...