The Vendomme Column pulled down, Paris, May 16 1871.

Art and Activism in the age of the Anthropocene

Disobedient Objects might lead us to reflect on what the future is for art and activism, or what our responsibilities are. In the essay below, artists and activist John Jordan of the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (whose Bike Bloc project is featured in the exhibition) reflects on these questions. The essay was commissioned as part […]

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St. Theresa of Lisieux

Today is the celebration of one of Catholicism’s less flamboyant but more popular saints, St. Theresa of Lisieux, commonly known as the ‘Little Flower of Jesus’. Her saintliness is not a result of holy pillows, levitations, stigmata or loyal animal friends, but rather it is because of the quiet, sweet and serious way that she […]

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Portrait of François Boucher, reception piece by Gustaf Lundberg for the Académie Royale de Peinture presented on January 28, 1741. Musée du Louvre

Born on this Day: François Boucher

Having caught the autumnal lurgy which seems to be making its way around the city at the moment, I was off work yesterday. This meant that I’ve been pipped to the post by the V&A’s Facebook page in marking the birthday of the French court painter, draughtsman and etcher François Boucher. I’ve refrained from changing […]

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Barlaston shape teapot and cover in 'Summer Sky' pattern, 1955;

Art Fund appeal: Save the Wedgewood Collection

  The Art Fund are currently running an appeal to save the Wedgewood Collection from being separated and sold off. They have until the 30 November to raise the £15.75 m needed to ensure that one of the most significant industrial archives, consisting of over 80,000 objects and spanning over 250 years of history, remains […]

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Width 5cm each, with various lengths, ca. 1945/1950; V&A Archive of Art and Design GC10/1

A vintage fashion mystery

Dress trimmings for Rosalinde Gilbert Models Sometimes even with our combined efforts, the V&A’s curatorial team can only get marginally closer to solving the mysteries posed by even the most intriguing pieces. This is very much the case with four petite ornaments made of vibrant red resin, a light faux turquoise and faux pearls. The […]

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How to dress like a lady

‘How to dress on £15 a year as a lady by a lady’ was published by Frederick Warne in 1873. It was one of series of pocket sized “Useful Books” and cost a shilling. In the introduction, a Lady, actually Millicent Whiteside Cook, author of several books on economy, has no illusions about her work […]

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Out On Display #5: ‘Lord Who Is Half Woman’

          Hindu God Shiva as Ardhanishvara (Lord Who Is Half Woman) Northern India, sandstone, Kushan period 150-200 IM.5-1931 On display in room 47B     Ardhanarishvara is a composite form of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Parvati. Shiva is a popular Hindu deity and within Shaivism is regarded as the Supreme God.   Ardhanarishvara […]

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English leather buff coat, 1640-1650, t.34-1948. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

In The Buff

The Military Buff coat: A haptic experience During my time as an MA student on the V&A/RCA History of Design course I came across a word, haptic, that has fascinated me ever since. Both its sound when spoken and its meaning have resonated with me since I first heard the word and has often shaped my […]

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