Monthly Archives: July 2014

2005 · 2006 · 2007 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014
January · February · March · April · May · June · July

Back to the blog front page

Photo of Film poster, My Architect (2003).

Louis Kahn: the architect’s architect?

The American architect Louis Kahn (1907-1974) is often described as ‘the architect’s architect’. This was how he was introduced to an audience gathered at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) yesterday evening for a special screening of the film My Architect, a documentary made by Kahn’s son Nathaniel, first released in 2003. As the President […]

Keep reading
Tim Reeve, Anais Aguerre, Martin Roth, Rong Zhao, Chengming Sun

CMG and V&A, a pioneering international collaboration

Midnight on Monday 16 June 2014, the final instructions for the signing ceremony at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) came through. Mr Sun, Vice-President of China Merchants Group (CMG) and Chairman of China Merchants Property Development (CMPD), had arrived just a few hours earlier. The next day, China Merchants Group and the V&A officially […]

Keep reading
Artificial heather flower, from a spray used on a bonnet in Princess Beatrice's trousseau

My Own Dear Lace

129 years ago today, Princess Beatrice, the beloved daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Henry of Battenberg. Princess Beatrice was the youngest of Victoria and Albert’s nine children. Her mother became increasingly dependent on her after the death of her father in 1861, when Beatrice was only four years old. While her siblings were strategically […]

Keep reading
Entrance to the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition, Barbican.

The Uncanny World of John Paul Gaultier

On a recent research trip to the Barbican I had what was both a fascinating and rather uncomfortable experience visiting the Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. The opening text for the exhibition does much to hint at the unique world you are about to walk into. Gaultier is […]

Keep reading
The World (Sampler)
Late 18th century (T.44-1951)

Welcome to the International Initiatives section of the V&A blog!

In this section, we invite you ‘behind the scene’ to discover the breadth of our work in and with countries around the world. We hope the stories posted will initiate new discussions with our museum colleagues from overseas as well as our public in the UK and abroad.   The V&A is an international organisation, […]

Keep reading
thumb

Mid-Residency Q&A with The T/Shirt Issue

July marks the halfway point for our Artists in Residence who are here at the V&A for six months. I went to see Digital Design Residents Rozi and Hande from The T/Shirt Issue to ask them some questions to see how everything is going. What is your favourite item that you have found in the […]

Keep reading
Website pages 700x470_20143

Chinese painting print campaign

I’m starting to share a selection of the print we produce in house here at the V&A.

Keep reading
Wellcome Library, London. Engelbrechts' drawing of an 18th century carpenter shows the many tools of the trade.

The Joy Wardrobe Part 3

On the right hand side of this early 18th century wardrobe, in bold letters several inches high, is painted “Edmund Joy 1712”. Who was this confident inscriber, who claimed this enigmatic piece of furniture as his own? Was Edmund Joy the first owner, or the talented carpenter of this unusual object? Whoever he was, his […]

Keep reading
One #DisobedientObjects is the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) scarf above. Museum no. T.20-1946, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

#DisobedientObjects

This exhibition is far from the final word on out-designing authority, and there are so many objects we wish we could have included from struggles past and present. There are many other important object-histories of disobedience still to be told. The ideas and objects in the show were often also made communally, shared and adapted across […]

Keep reading
Architectural Drawing with RSH+P

Exciting summer of drawing

  Hello, It’s all about drawing and telling stories with pencil and paper this summer at the V&A. We’ve got activities for children and families every day of the week from Monday 4th - Friday 29th August and we’d love it if you came and joined us. During the week from Monday – Friday, we’ll be in the garden (weather […]

Keep reading