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Author: Frances Willis (Acting Frederick Warne Curator of Children’s Literature)
One hundred years ago to the day (15 October 1913) Beatrix Potter was married at St. Mary Abbots in Kensington. It seems fitting that this church is agreeably situated near the corner of Hyde Park, roughly equidistant from the V&A Museum and the V&A Archives, which now house the world’s largest collection of Potter artworks, correspondence, manuscripts and first editions. Warne...
Authors: Rosalie Kim (Samsung Curator of Korean Art) & Jin-Sol Shim (2013 Korea Foundation Intern)
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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...
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator - Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion)
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After half a decade in the making, this week the Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion welcomed its first public appointments at the Clothworkers' Centre. A mixture of students, scholars and workers from the heritage industry have viewed, amongst them, Ethiopian Imperial robes, 1930s underwear, 19th century embroidered samplers and the Tailor of Gloucester waistcoat. Toward the...
Xu Bing © Xu Bing Studio
Author: Xiaoxin Li (Assistant Curator - East Asia)
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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)
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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)
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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...
Author: Richard Mulholland (Paper Conservator)
It seems that V&A Conservation are in favour at the BBC at the moment. This week, V&A Senior Paper Conservator Susan Catcher is featured on the BBC Four documentary, Fabric of Britain: The Story of Wallpaper, talking about the difficulties (and dangers) of treating wallpaper containing arsenic.Death by Wallpaper?Prior to the late 18th century, there were few pigments that produced a...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Some of the most significant power struggles in an exhibition surround label writing. These struggles are not, I hasten to add, between members of staff-- we're yet to engage in fisticuffs over ambiguously placed commas. Rather, the competition is between different types of information, and who, or what, should have precedence. Although (or perhaps because) visitors often don't read all...
Author: Laura Southall (Residency Coordinator)
The end of September saw us bid farewell to our two artists in residence, designer Julia Lohmann and ceramicist Keiko Masumoto, and after six months in the Museum, they certainly went out with a bang. Both artists took part in some extremely successful open studios as part of London Design Festival - Julia welcomed over 400 visitors to her studio in just one afternoon! Julia Lohmann, "Oki...
Author: Alex Flowers (Team Leader - Digital Programmes)
Art, design and science have always gone hand in hand. A look through any of the galleries here at the V&A would show you how artists and designers have been botanists, alchemists and astronomers, seeking to understand hidden processes which create the world as we experience it and then turn it into something new.For this year’s Digital Design Weekend as part of the London Design...
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)
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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...