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The Palace Museum/V&A exchange

When I heard, back in May 2009, that an agreement on an exchange of exhibitions had been reached with the Palace Museum in Beijing I was both excited and apprehensive. There were good reasons to be excited – the Palace Museum is the custodian of all the things that once belonged to emperors and their immediate families. Everything in its collection is of ‘imperial’ quality. No artefacts used by commoners or low-ranking state officials would ever enter its storehouse. To a curator of Chinese art there is no better place to learn about court life and imperial taste. Birds eye …

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Diaghilev and Craig

Its really rather nice as every time I step out into the galleries I meet a friend. The dance-going public is certainly supporting this exhibition. Happily however its not just friends and each day there are groups with notebooks jotting information down, groups with sketchpads drawing costumes, and others just engrossed in what they are seeing.

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Five stars

Reviews are out and we do like those with five stars. Several important choreographers working in Britain have been asked to comment on the exhibition on radio and it has been particularly satisfying that they seem to have liked our section on choreographers and choreography. Bakst’s design for the Young Rajah chosen by Shobana Jeyasingh […]

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Renaissance Raphael: Woven Tapestry

Tapestry Cartoon: The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, Luke 5: 1-11. Raphael (1483 – 1520).
Italy 1515-16.

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‘Living’ exhibition reviewed on Furtherfield

Furtherfield are a community of artists, critics and creators engaged in fields of art, technology and social change. Olga P Massanet reviewed the final exhibition entitled, 'Living'. 'A rather cryptic exhibition at the V&A. A personal exploration of the blurring between nature and culture in its absolute physicality. Paying particular attention to the materiality of the creative process, his methodologies show a passion for unfolding reality in its many scales.'

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Schools on Beaches across the Globe

More fantastic projects… In April 2009, Ka’u Homeschool Art Class Keikis were World Beaching on Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, Big Island of Hawaii. They wrote:
‘ Mothers & Teacher Suzshi Lang made a large scale Honu. (top left) By Hawaiian law, it is a requirement to keep a distance of fifteen feet away from the turtles. The class ‘made a serene family of Honu resting on the beach out of smooth black lava rock.

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Largest Picasso in the world – Le Train Bleu backdrop

[video:http://vimeo.com/15124567 width:600 height:338]http://vimeo.com/15124567A time-lapse view of the two week long process of erecting Picasso's giant backdrop for Le Train Bleu in the V&A Exhibition Gallery with the help of a scaffolding tower, five riggers pulling it up and ten museum staff unrolling it.The backdrop for the 1924 Ballets Russes production of Le Train Bleu measures 10.4 m x 11.7 m. Signed by Picasso, it is the centrepiece of the exhibition.

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A Large Exhibition

Last night was the Private View. Among the guests were several descendants of dancers and choreographer who worked with Diaghilev’s company.Isabelle Fokine was looking at an exhibit when the woman beside said to her son ‘this is a picture of my grandmother’; so the granddaughter of Fokine met the granddaughter of Karsavina. As Isabella later […]

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An island aside

Sometimes the studio feels like an island aside of time. Inside this glass case I move around in a landscape of my own construction, distilled from the objects which surround me. Sometimes people watch through the glass, sometimes I watch people watching. Often there is the thud of a head against the window from a misjudged closer look. Reflectionsof the island fragment the viewof the room beyond.I think about the rows of figurinescaptured in their individual scenes as Itake photographs inside this scene of my own making.

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Photo Albums

The weekend’s excitement for me was my article on Stanislas Idzikowski’s photo albums appearing in the Financial Times – largely as it always seemed so improbable that I would write for the FT. Although my friends are unlikely to read the FT in hard copy it will be widely picked up on the internet, indeed […]

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