Beneath the Surface of Europe 1600-1800 at Photo London

E.10-2015

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Visitor Figures, out-takes from the V&A Annual Report, 2013/14; Photograph by Nigel Shafran from the series 'Visitor Figures, out-takes from the V&A Annual Report, 2013/14'
Nigel Shafran (1964-)
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Taking advantage of the Bank Holiday, the other day I went to take a leisurely look around Photo London, the international photography fair taking place at Somerset House. Whilst wandering among wondrous examples of photography, stretching back to the earliest days of its development (pardon the pun) and experimentation, I found myself suddenly confronted by Europe 1600-1800. […]

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Tiles

Just over a month into my residency, and settling in well. Alongside working with the Exhibition Road site and team, I’ve also been exploring the V&A, including Blyth House where they item not on display from the V&A’s collection for either conservation and/or storage. Two videos are a result of these explorations. Firstly is a […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 2

The Jaroslav Fragner Gallery is a hive of activity!

Day 2 passed in an exciting flurry of activity! On the technical side, Oli and Adam installed the projectors and the speakers in preparation for filling the gallery with sound and visuals tomorrow. The consumer unit, with all the switches marked in technical Czech, proved tricky to navigate at first, but the unswervingly helpful gallery […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.90

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Time for the chop! Unlikely I’ll be able to go to this place though. Truefitt & Hill is the oldest barbershop in the world, as certified by Guinness Book of World Records in April 2000. Truefitt was established in 1805 by William Francis Truefitt, who styled himself as hairdresser to the British Royal Court and the firm received their first Royal […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 1

Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Prague

After months of conversations, concept development, planning, filming, designing, and editing, the V&A has finally arrived in the beautiful Jaroslav Fragner gallery in Prague to install Glastonbury: Land and Legend as part of this year’s Prague Quadrennial. Sodja Lotker, Artistic Director of the Prague Quadrennial, initiated the SharedSpace: Music Weather Politics project back in 2011 and the […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.89

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.89 This has got to be one of my all time favourites.  In West Ham today and a Haberdashery come Leather Accessories Supplier. I absolutely love the fact that the shop name has nothing in the slightest to do with what the shop provides. More than […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.88

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.88 Back to regular Sunday service and we find ourselves back in Harlesden, one of my favourite places for shop fronts.  Christian book shop today. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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From Shenzhen: Shanzhai and the Maker movement

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As part of the V&A’s ongoing collaboration with China Merchants Group, Luisa E. Mengoni, currently stationed in Shenzhen as Head of the V&A Gallery, reports from the frontlines of Chinese design and manufacturing. Here we present a series of reports on current events and dialogues with some of the region’s most influential and insightful figures. […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.87 Bank Holiday Weekend. Up until now that could only have meant only mean one thing – DIY.  Although this weekend is one of the most significant in the year for DIY retailers as British families look to bring out their BBQs and work on their […]

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Painting by Numbers?: An 18th Century Flower Show

Ferdinand Bauer, Iris Germanicus, watercolour on paper (MS. Sherard 245/70) © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford 2015

As the Chelsea Flower Show draws to a conclusion tomorrow, and the masses return to their own gardens inspired, it’s worth looking back to the 18th century, to the golden age of botanical exploration and to an artist who was arguably the finest botanical painter in history – Ferdinand Bauer –  and how expertise at […]

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