‘The Arrival of the Turkey from Goa,’ from The Jahangirnama, Ustad Mansur, ca. 1612. © Victoria & Albert Museum.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Factory!

With the last days of November approaching, many American minds are turning to their Thanksgiving celebrations. Since becoming an official federal holiday in 1863, the last Thursday of the month has been reserved for visiting family and friends, watching the (American) football game, and sharing an enormous turkey dinner. Having spent weeks eagerly reviewing my […]

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Epic Object Disintegration, and Other Tales from the Registered Files

“Director – It is my duty to report the breakage of a Glass Huqa-bowl on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum for the Royal Academy Exhibition of Indian Art.” So begins a letter dated November 21st 1947, explaining a tragic accident that took place while an object was being prepared for exhibition. “At the […]

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Falbalas and Fanfreluches part 3: Fantasy

A third instalment of George Barbier’s illustrations from his luxury collector’s magazine Falbalas et Fanfreluches. This time, the theme is theatricality and general over-the-top extravagance. The images will speak for themselves!            

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How to Guide: Makeshift Tear-Gas Mask. Illustrated by Marwan Kaabour, at Barnbrook

Ferguson & The Design Dimension: Exploring Makeshift Tear-Gas Masks on BBC Radio 4

In a recent interview for BBC Radio 4’s programme, The Design Dimension, co-curator Catherine Flood discussed an exciting development from Disobedient Objects. Since our exhibition has been open, the team has received anecdotal evidence of social and political movements deploying our How-To Guides around the world. Amongst our How-To Guide users are people protesting in Ferguson, a struggle sparked […]

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The fashionable accountant – Reconstructing his best outfit

by Katy O’Neill and Francesca Butcher ‘Menswear is about subtlety. It’s about good style and good taste.’ Alexander McQueen   A first impression of the garish red and yellow outfit depicted [above] would seem to contradict McQueen’s call for subtlety. Yet, as Professor Ulinka Rublack explained in a recent seminar in the V&A/RCA History of Design […]

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David revealed!

One of the most significant works of art in the Victoria and Albert Museum is the plaster cast of Michelangelo’s David (Repro.1856-161) by Clemente Papi (1803-1875). David has recently received an enormous amount of worldwide media attention around the removal of the protective shroud that he has worn while the Cast Courts have been renovated. […]

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Guest Post: Artist Natasha Lien on how the V&A Cast Courts inspire her work

I have always loved the V&A. It’s a vibrant, busy place which counteracts the stereotype of museums as stuffy, quiet and empty. I wanted to portray contemporary life by creating a narrative with the space itself and the diverse mixture of people that use it. The courts themselves are incredibly impressive to walk into and […]

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News from Luisa in Shenzhen

It has been only three weeks since my arrival in Shenzhen, but it already feels like ‘home’ and I am really thrilled about the idea of spending the coming few years in China working on the V&A Shekou project. It was also a wonderful coincidence – and hopefully an auspicious sign – to be able […]

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Meet the Shekou Team!

We are now at full speed for the delivery phase! As the Shekou project director, I am very pleased to say that the core Shekou team is now in place steering up V&A expertise to deliver the project. Since the groundbreaking ceremony, Brendan Cormier joined the V&A Furniture, Textile and Fashion department led by Christopher […]

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Queer disobedience

‘Disobedient Objects’ is a ground-breaking exhibition bringing objects of art and design produced by grassroots social movements and international activists into the V&A.  The show is free and runs until 1st February 2015.  There are some extensive blogs by the curators, exhibitions and technical services staff involved in producing the show, exploring various aspects of the exhibition […]

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