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Count duckula, toy, unknown maker, 1990 - 1991. Museumn no. B.94-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
It’s that time of year again, when the supernatural starts to stir and everything gets a little bit spookier. To get you in the mood for some trick or treating, we’ve been down to the crypt and dug up some terrifyingly ghoulish items from the collections.Let’s ease ourselves in with something that’s not too scary.As anyone who grew up in the 1990s will know, Count Duckula...
Author: Sophie Reynolds (Festival Officer, London Design Festival at the V&A)
As part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2013, the Science Museum joined forces with the V&A to present an inspiring panel discussion on the future of 3D printing.With the V&A’s Hochhauser Auditorium packed to the rafters, visitors listened to a panel of scientists and technical experts discuss their views on 3D printing, addressing questions such as what is most exciting in...
Author: V&A Network
We are delighted to announce that Handspring Puppet Company have donated Joey, the original West End puppet from War Horse, the National Theatre’s award-winning stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel.Joey in the V&A John Madejski Garden, Nicholas Hart (Head), Stuart Angell (Heart), Thomas Goodridge (Hind). © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonWar Horse tells the story of...
Pearl: an English poem of the fourteenth century reset in modern English, by Israel Gollancz. London, Dolphin Press, 1918. © Victoria & Albert Museum
Author: Ruth Hibbard (Curator (Loans) - Word & Image Department)
In my previous posts I looked at how the medieval poem ‘Pearl’ was understood by the medieval mind and also how it was rediscovered and represented in the 19th century. In the early 20th century it showed itself again to be an enduring image of loss and consolation.Pearl was published again in 1918 in response to the horrors of the First World War. It was again edited by Isreal...
Authors: Rosalie Kim (Samsung Curator of Korean Art) & Jin-Sol Shim (2013 Korea Foundation Intern)
We are delighted to announce that the V&A has a new addition to its growing Korean Collection. Aggregation10-SE032RED is part of a series of new acquisitions purchased in the last year with the generous support of Samsung. This large contemporary ‘relief-painting’ is made by the artist Chun Kwang-Young, renowned for his creative and innovative use of the Korean mulberry paper...
Xu Bing © Xu Bing Studio
Author: Xiaoxin Li (Assistant Curator - East Asia)
From 2 November, celebrated Chinese artist Xu Bing will transform the V&A’s John Madejski Garden with a new installation inspired by the classic Chinese fable Tao Hua Yuan (The Peach Blossom Spring). The V&A invited Xu Bing to create a major new work to coincide with the Museum’s forthcoming exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 – 1900 which brings together...
Author: Ruth Hibbard (Curator (Loans) - Word & Image Department)
In my first blog I looked at what a contemporaneous audience would understand in the medieval poem Pearl. Despite its beauty and intricacy the poem did not enjoy the fame of those written by contemporaries such as Chaucer. The poem was not published or widely available until in 1864 when it was the first work published by the Early English Text Society, a group set up to make medieval literature...
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
We are very excited to launch our brand new digital interactive map, designed to help you to discover the many treasures in the beautiful V&A galleries.Simple to use, the V&A digital map allows you to explore the V&A’s galleries and objects wherever you are. It works on all screen sizes, from your tablet or smartphone to your desktop at home.Search for specific rooms or objects...
Painting of the Virgin Mary with Christ child sitting on a parapet, by Carlo Crivelli, ca. 1480. Museum No. 492-1882. © Victoria & Albert Museum
Author: Ruth Hibbard (Curator (Loans) - Word & Image Department)
When I heard that the V&A was putting on an exhibition about pearls, I could not help but think of the beautiful 14th century poem known as Pearl. In the poem a man pines for a lost pearl. He falls asleep and has a dream vision, a common occurrence in medieval poetry. He sees a girl richly dressed in pearl-encrusted clothes and crown. We realise that the pearl he was mourning is not a jewel...