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Friday Late ‘Sound It Out’: Boiler Room Reflections

The first Friday Late of 2014, ‘Sound It Out’, saw an incredible 5812 visitors to the Museum to experience a night dedicated to the exploration of music’s relationship to technology – from analogue to digital, from live streaming to digital manipulation. A large part of the evening’s success, no doubt, was the involvement of Boiler […]

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Behind the Scenes at Friday Late ‘Sound It Out’

January’s Friday Late ‘Sound It Out’ was an incredibly successful evening with 5812 visitors in total and many more who were sadly unable to get into the Museum as we reached maximum capacity by 8.30pm – a first in the history of Friday Late.  The event looked at music’s relationship to technology. The projects we showcased represented […]

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Ice Ice Baby

Have you been gripped by all of the recent Winter Olympics action? We thought we’d honour the incredible achievements of the athletes over in Sochi by picking out some objects in our collections that feature winter sports. It’s time to get our skates on, and we’re going to start off by looking at all things […]

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On Tour: Selling Dreams

Selling Dreams, curated by V&A Curator Susanna Brown, is in its last weeks at Auckland Museum, New Zealand, the final venue on its international tour. The exhibition will be on display at the V&A, 28 March – 4 May 2014. What is Selling Dreams? The fashion photographer Irving Penn once described his work at Vogue […]

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On Tour: David Bowie is

David Bowie is, co-curated by Geoffrey Marsh and Victoria Broackes from the V&A’s Department of Theatre and Performance, has opened at the Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo and will be on display until 14 April 2014. David Bowie is… an exhibition David Bowie’s career in music has spanned nearly 50 years and brought […]

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Happy Birthday Mary Quant!

Today Mary Quant, the queen of 1960s London style turns 80. To celebrate the fashion queen’s landmark birthday, we’ve picked out some Mary Quant highlights from our collections. Mary Quant’s boutique, Bazaar, was set up in 1955 on London’s fashionable King’s Road. It was known for its surreal window displays and eclectic mix of clothes, […]

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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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The Year of the Horse

31 January marks the beginning of the 15-day festival of Chinese New Year. 2014 is the Year of the Horse, traditionally a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. The V&A collections are awash with all thing equine from the ancient to some of our latest acquisitions. This ancient Chinese jade horse was placed […]

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On Tour: Modern Masters

Modern Masters: Matisse, Picasso, Dalí and Warhol, curated by V&A Senior Curator Gill Saunders, opened last week at The Collection in Lincoln. Next stop on its UK tour will be Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, opening on 23 May. What is Modern Masters? Four of the 20th century’s greatest artists – Henri Matisse, Pablo […]

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