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Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
Last week Brodie Lyon posted about ‘The Château de Juvisy’ by Pierre-Denis Martin making its journey from Versailles to the V&A [see here]. The painting had been on display at the Palace of Versailles as part of the André Le Nôtre in Perspective 1613 – 2013 exhibition, celebrating the work of the noted landscape gardener, and designer of the gardens depicted in The Château...
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Selling Dreams, curated by V&A Curator Susanna Brown, has completed its international tour closing at Auckland Museum, New Zealand. The exhibition is now on its way to the V&A where it will be on display from 28 March to 4 May 2014.What is Selling Dreams?The V&A is home to the UK’s National Collection of the Art of Photography. The Collection comprises over half a million works...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
In September 2013, we launched our Digital Explorer Map. We wanted to provide a better way for our web visitors to find out what the V&A has to offer. This was the first feature on our website we specially built to work best on a tablet. We did this because tablets are what people use when they are indulging themselves on the web - sofa-friendly, feet-up devices. They are used for pleasure...
Author: Emma Rogers (Assistant Curator - Asia)
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The Hindu festival of Holi falls in February and March, depending on the lunar calendar, heralding the arrival of Spring. In 2014 Holi is celebrated on the 17th March. The day is infused with a chaotic and joyous atmosphere during which participants throw brightly coloured powders and liquids at each other, and spray coloured water from syringes. Amongst the display of works on paper in the The...
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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If you love museums and have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the V&A, then you need to mark 24 - 30 March 2014 in your diary. We are joining up with hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK and Europe to take part in Twitter’s very first #MuseumWeek. We’ve got some exciting plans for the week and our themes for each day will be revealed soon, but for now,...
Author: Victoria Platt (Archives Assistant)
The Archive of Art and Design has just finished moving the Courtaulds archive to a new storage facility in Blythe House. This is great cause for cheer as the new storage makes the collection much easier to access, something that we really want to encourage: it is a truly spectacular resource for anybody studying the development of commercial textiles from the 18th to the 20th centuries and I hope...
Author: Brittany Harbidge (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
This weekend the world will turn green, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Monday 17th March. We here in the Word and Image Department have donned our shamrocks and found the best examples of ephemera associated with the Emerald Isle in our collection to share with you today.Life of St. Patrick, Phoebe Anna Traquair, 1852-1936. Museum no. E.4886-1968. © Victoria and Albert Museum,...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
While many of our historical garments are displayed on dress stands, as demonstrated in an earlier post, we will often display more contemporary costume on retail mannequins made from fibreglass, much like those used on the high street. The glitch tends to be their idealised shape, since few ordinary humans match their ultra-sleek lines. This means they often have to be ‘customised’...
Author: Joanna Jones (Senior Content Editor - Digital Media)
Congratulations Sir Tim Berners-Lee on the 25th birthday of your baby, The World Wide Web, which turns 25 this week. Who would have thought that 25 years on we would be so reliant on the results of a bit of collaborative code sharing?? So, as speculation and debate continue as to what the WWW should be in the future and Berners-Lee himself calls for a digital bill of rights to protect the...
Author: Jemma Davey (Exhibitions Assistant)
With the thrill of Christmas presents now a distant memory, it was with some additional excitement that we received this delivery from Dolce and Gabbana.The Italian designers have kindly donated an ensemble from their Ready to Wear Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, a bejewelled tunic dress, crown and golden shoes. The V&A sometimes acquires objects for its permanent collection when preparing for...
Author: Kieran Long (Senior Curator of Contemporary Architecture)
Disobedient Objects is a forthcoming exhibition that signals an important new direction for the V&A: thinking about the social and political contexts where design defines our relationship to one another as citizens. Below, in an extract from the forthcoming catalogue, V&A director Martin Roth explains why the show is so critical, and how this seemingly controversial topic links the museum...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
I probably shouldn't admit to this, but the curators of William Kent have a lot of extra help when it comes to getting the exhibition up and running. These helpers are industrious, elusive, and a little bit shy (you won't see their names in the exhibition's credits) and have such a lightness of touch that once everything's finished it almost seems like they were never there at all...

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