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Author: Brodie Lyon (Annual Fund and Appeals Manager)
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Fundraising for the The Château de Juvisy by Pierre-Denis Martin (1663 - 1742) is still on going, but we’re one step closer to securing its place in our collection.For the past few months the painting has been on display at the Palace of Versailles as part of the André Le Nôtre in Perspectives 1613 – 2013 exhibition, which celebrated the work of one of France’s most noted...
Author: Ilaria Puri Purini (Assistant Curator)
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As part of a broader research project about 'the history of the future', the V&A organised a series of workshops funded by the AHRC to explore the materiality, trends and designs of the future. The workshops gathered together radically progressive individuals who are reimagining innovation in their field in an attempt to discover the emerging trends of 'what tomorrow knows today'. In...
Author: Anna White (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
Humans have depicted rabbits and hares for thousands of years. Rabbit-like creatures feature in 7,500-year-old rock paintings found in Baja California; they are also prevalent in ancient Egyptian paintings and are often found on Grecian urns.The Museum’s Prints, Drawings and Paintings Collection contains an array of images of rabbits and hares covering many of these creatures’ natural...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
Those of you who have passed by the Museum in recent days may have noticed that it is no longer being touted by Messrs Elmgreen and Dragset as a ‘New Residential Development’.Back in October, those artists took advantage of the hoardings covering up building works and used them to display this provocative sign as part of their installation piece ‘Tomorrow’. As a result of...
Author: Janine Georg (Volunteer)
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Hi, my name is Janine Georg and I would like to share my passion for the 20th century Hungarian abstract painter and photographer, László Moholy-Nagy.Moholy-Nagy was a versatile artist and prolific writer. The media he engaged with were photography, film, typography, advertisement and painting. In each of these genres he excelled through his keen perception of new materials and technology, as...
Author: Jemma Davey (Exhibitions Assistant)
Museums like to shop too! These classic Italian driving moccasins arrived into the museum last week in this immaculate packaging. The V&A purchased the vibrant pair online, and like any other shopper we took our time selecting the most appealing shade and size. For many people the classic driving moccasin is synonymous with the Italian maker, Tods. The distinctive rubber soles are called...
Author: Sarah Glenn (Textile Conservator)
This bikini with a classic Pucci pattern required an interventive treatment and mounting process before it could be displayed in the upcoming exhibition.The polyurethane foam padding in the bust had severely degraded and had become brittle and powdery. This had caused the bust to become stiff and deformed and the foam had begun to stain the fabric, causing yellowing in the pattern. This is a...
Author: Adrian Deakes (Performance Education Manager)
Isaac Jaggard, born 1600 (printer) and Edward Blount (printer), The First Folio, Museum Ref: L.1392-1882 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London April 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, probably the most well-known playwright the world has produced. Such is his all-pervasive influence on our culture that even a cursory glance at the V&A’s online...
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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The Pucci family – headquarters located in an elaborate palace in Florence – have kindly granted Harper’s Bazaar and the V&A access to their archive to use Emilio Pucci's original and rare hand-drawn print designs.HistoryThe Harper’s Bazaar, V&A exclusive, Pucci covers for the April issue are a brilliant celebration of the history of Italian fashion and textile...
Author: Rebecca English (Assistant Programme Manager (Schools))
After the success of last year’s project, the Schools Team ran Graphic Gathering for the second year, launching it during the London Design Festival and culminating with a celebratory awards ceremony here at the V&A last Thursday. Runners-up, winners from each school and overall winners were announced. Graphic Gathering aims to give secondary students an insight into design at Higher...
Author: Karen Jensen (HLF Conservation Intern)
As part of my Heritage Lottery Fund/Institute of Conservation Internship at the V&A, I've been working with Furniture Conservation preparing ‘Small Stories: Dolls Houses and the History of the Home’ , an exhibition that opens at the Museum of Childhood later in the year.The V&A Museum of Childhood has a collection of around 100 dolls houses. Including miniature (and not so...
Author: Laura Southall (Residencies Coordinator)
The end of March sees Sophia, Marcia and James coming to the end of their residencies here at the Museum. With this in mind I thought I would pop up to James' studio and share with you some pictures of what's been going on up there!If you'd like a chance to hear more about James' residency, an excellent opportunity would be a free gallery talk he's giving on Monday March 10....

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