Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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Liberty’s department store provides me with a haven in busy central London. I could spend hours in their haberdashery department admiring their distinctive printed fabrics or looking at the interiors of their ‘Tudor’ building . I was, therefore, delighted when I found out that The Cult of Beauty exhibition, which is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will have further support from...
Even for those of us who are used to reading architectural drawings there is nothing quite like a model for bringing a design to life. Our designers, Opera, produced this model to show us how the space would be divided and the different colour schemes that would be used for each section. Using miniature images of each of the exhibition objects we could also get a sense of how the hang and...
Aesthetes were very aware of the importance of colour and pattern to the creation of what they called ‘The House Beautiful’. They preferred subtle tertiary hues, such as olive green and terracotta, and used motifs such as the peacock, lily and sunflower throughout their designs. The Cult of Beauty exhibition designers were therefore faced with the challenge of creating a suitable environment...
Although the V&A has a strong collection of Aesthetic works of art this will be complemented by some important loans from other museums, archives and private collections. The aim of the exhibition is to suggest the complete Aesthetic ensemble, the combination of decorative art and paintings that characterised the Aesthetic interior. We are borrowing paintings by artists such as Edward Burne-...