The Best Seat in the House: Interior Design Fashions at the Royal Albert Hall

Formal dining in a Grand Tier box, 1980s

This is part of an ongoing series of blog posts by students of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme, composed to accompany the ‘Building the Royal Albert Hall’ display on view at the V&A in Room 127 (the entrance to the Architecture Gallery) until 7 January 2018. Here second-year student Karen Morton discusses changing fashions […]

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Ideas from MuseumNext x Tech Berlin Conference

What are the technology news from museums across Europe? How are museums using tech in a way that inspires new and existing audiences? How can digital tools help us measure what we do offline? These were just a few of the interesting questions bouncing around the MuseumNext x Tech conference in Berlin this October. Below […]

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Rodin Centenary, November 1917-2017

Portrait of Auguste Rodin by John Lavery, 1913. P.18-1914 © V&A 2017 is the centenary of Rodin’s death, on 17 November 1917 at his country house (now a museum) at Meudon, just south-west of Paris. Concurrently with Rodin’s funeral in Paris, a memorial service was held in London, in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, organised by […]

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SOUND IN MUSEUMS (2): What About Musical Instruments?

Museum No: D.2253-1885

  Musical instruments are complex and often composite objects, both decorative and functional. They are the result of historically regimented assemblages, with conflicting properties between material and acoustic qualities. Foremost, they are relational objects, geared towards the performer and the listener. These qualities are difficult to feature in museum situations, which means that visitors are […]

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Guard Books – It`s The People That Matter.

A Museum without Staff and Visitors is simply a large building with (mostly) nice objects, with no-one looking after them, or studiously appraising them. It might be a little like this… you would expect, even very early in the morning, somebody, anybody, to be walking the pavements, travelling in very expensive motor vehicles, as seen here in […]

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Family Art Fun October half-term 2017

Family Art Fun October half-term Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 October 2017 To celebrate Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, during October half- term, families at the V&A were presented with activities devised and inspired by our resident theatre company Metta Theatre (Artistic Directors Poppy Burton-Morgan and William Reynolds). Three times a day, a newly commissioned […]

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Guest Post: Part 2 – The Florentine copies of Michelangelo’s David by Clemente Papi – The plaster cast of the Head of David at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence

Figure 4. Clemente Papi, Plaster cast of the head of David by Michelangelo, 1848. Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence. Photo credit: Gabinetto Fotografico degli Uffizi, 2012.

Giuliana Videtta is an art historian and the former Director of the Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence. In my previous blog I summarised the events relating to the history of the Florentine casts of Michelangelo’s David by Clemente Papi, and demonstrated the important cultural role that the Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence has had […]

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Journey’s End: Remembering the First World War

At times of great social upheaval, the arts help society understand events, deal with complex emotions and recover from collective trauma. As we enter the final year of commemorations marking 100 years since the end of the First World, the conflict continues to have a significant presence on the UK stage. Recent years have seen […]

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Guest Post: Part 1 – The Florentine Copies of Michelangelo’s David by Clemente Papi – The Plaster Cast at Istituto Statale d’Arte

Michelangelo’s David in the Tribuna of the Academy of Fine Arts, post 1903 – ante 1909. Note the plaster cast of the Head displayed on the right-hand side (Alinari Archives, published in L’Accademia, Michelangelo, l’Ottocento, cit., p.46, detail).

Giuliana Videtta is an art historian and the former Director of the Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence. Florence hosts the famous marble of David by Michelangelo (Figure 1) and there are numerous copies of this sculpture to be found across the city. In this blog I will try to illustrate briefly the main historical stages […]

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Moving flats: Robin Hood Gardens comes to the V&A

As a fragment of Robin Hood Gardens is being removed, Dr Neil Bingham, V&A Curator of Contemporary Architectural Collections, reports on latest developments at the demolition site. How do you remove a whole chunk out of a large concrete building? Answer: with care – especially when it is destined to become a museum object. Two maisonette […]

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