Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

Archive

Before the exhibition opened today I visited the gallery to see important conservation maintenance work going on. Costumes on open display need to have accumulated dust particulates removed. London is a dusty city: the Museum is located on a main road with heavy traffic and at present road works causing chaos in both Cromwell and Exhibition Roads. Inevitably the dust creeps into the galleries....
So far I have had three days off since the exhibition opened and how have I spent them? Well I have caught up with the two other major dance exhibitions in England – surely it is unheard of to have three such exhibitions in one country and the same time especially when they are not for a specific festival. Firstly there was Move: Choreographing You at the Hayward Gallery which looks at art...
To begin with two photos of Keith’s Inspired by Diaghilev/ set design workshop. This sets the mood for a week of activities over half term – already there are families flaunting ‘fins, feathers and funky moves’ in the half term Parade of the Animals although Keith’s workshops have a more serious aspects. The ENB residency, Rephrasing Ballets...
The programme of events is now well underway and this week I took Jennifer and Constance who will be running the Diaghilev Designs:Silk Scarves workshops sessions (starting 26 October) round the exhibition. There is so much to inspire in the exhibition. I also contributed to the Art Deco Design course and participants were then able to go into spot the Art Deco elements in the Ballets Russes for...
The Ballets Russes has been back on the road. Last Friday I gave a presentation about Diaghilev and the V&A’s exhibition at the Rosehill Theatre outside Whitehaven. The Rosehill is described as a ‘rose-red, silk lined jewel box theatre’ and it lives up to this. It was founded by Sir Nicholas Seker of the West Cumberland Silk Mills, designed by Oliver Messel and opened in...
Alas Sarah, who was our exhibitions assistant, has left the team to return to the USA so that will keep us even busier. At least Monday with the strike was quite a quiet day. Had a moment of great satisfaction on Saturday as I walked past Hatchards in Piccadilly as there in the middle of the window was our book and on entering the shop you do not even have to go upstairs to the...