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Michael Schmidt (1945-2014)

It was with immense sadness that we learned of the death of the great Berlin art photographer Michael Schmidt on Saturday 24 May. Three days previously he was awarded the Prix Pictet for Lebensmittel, his monumental exploration of the food industry. The award was presented in his absence by Kofi Annan at the Victoria and […]

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Michael Schmidt Wins 5th Prix Pictet

Michael Schmidt has been announced as winner of the fifth Prix Pictet photography prize, selected from a shortlist of eleven. Schmidt was chosen for his monumental work Lebensmittel (food stuff), made between 2006 and 2010. The series combines social documentary and urban topographics and explores the fascinating topic of how we feed ourselves, from the farm to […]

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Join Wedding Dresses Curator On the Sofa

Are you a bride-to-be? Need some ideas and inspiration for your big day? Take some time out from the pressure of planning your dream wedding to join Edwina Ehrman in conversation with bridal designer Ian Stuart at Brides The Show this weekend. Edwina is a fashion historian, Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the V&A […]

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German 1941-1942 list of ‘Degenerate Art’ available for download

The only known complete list of ‘Entartete Kunst’ or ‘Degenerate Art’ confiscated from public institutions by the Nazis in Germany in 1937 and 1938 is now available to download, in full, from the V&A website. This is the first time that this significant document has been made available online in its entirety. More information about […]

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£9.4m funding boost for V&A at Dundee from Heritage Lottery Fund

V&A at Dundee has been awarded £9.4m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Designed by the celebrated Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, V&A at Dundee will be the first ever design museum to be built in the UK outside of London. It is also the flagship for Dundee’s ambitious plans for its waterfront redevelopment. The HLF […]

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History on a page: V&A to publish German 1941-1942 list of ‘Degenerate Art’ online

One of the many fascinating objects held by the V&A is a complete list of ‘Degenerate Art’ confiscated by the Nazi regime from public institutions in Germany in 1937 and 1938. It will be published on the Museum’s website by the end of this month. ‘Degenerate Art’ is the English adaptation of the German ‘Entartete […]

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What the Butler Saw

As we prepare to bid farewell to Tomorrow and its fictional protagonist Norman Swann, our Gallery Assistants reflect on the experience of working within a highly unusual exhibition. Transforming the V&A’s galleries into the home of a failed architect, contemporary artists Elmgreen & Dragset have upturned museum conventions to tell a story through objects. In […]

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And the winner of Jameel Prize 3 is…

We are pleased to reveal that Dice Kayek has won the £25,000 Jameel Prize 3 for Istanbul Contrast, a collection of garments that evoke Istanbul’s architectural and artistic heritage. Martin Roth, Director of the V&A and Fady Jameel, President of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) presented Ece and Ayşe Ege with the prize at […]

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V&A experts discover a new oil sketch by John Constable

V&A experts have discovered a previously unrecorded oil sketch by John Constable. The newly discovered work was concealed beneath a lining canvas on the reverse of Branch Hill Pond: Hampstead. It will now go on public display in the Paintings Galleries. The recent discovery was made by V&A conservators Clare Richardson and Nicola Costaras while […]

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Prix Pictet Shortlist Announced

From 22 May – 14 June 2014, the V&A will be hosting an exhibition of works from the 2014 Prix Pictet – the global award in photography and sustainability. The shortlist of 11 artists selected for the Fifth Cycle of the Prix Pictet, on the theme of Consumption, was announced last night in Paris. Adam […]

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