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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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On Tour: Recording Britain

Recording Britain, curated by V&A Senior Curator Gill Saunders, opened recently at The Higgins Bedford. Next stop on its UK tour will be the Millenium Gallery in Sheffield, opening on 2 April. What is Recording Britain? The Recording Britain collection, held by the V&A, is the result of a unique documentary project initiated by Sir […]

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On Tour: Japanese Cloisonné

Japanese Treasures: Cloisonné enamels from the V&A, curated by V&A Senior Curator Gregory Irvine.  Next stop on the exhibition tour is the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, opening 14 March 2015 What is Japanese Cloisonné? The characters for the word ‘shippo’, the Japanese term for enamels, mean ‘Seven Treasures’, which is a reference to the […]

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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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A V&A Collections Christmas Dinner

I’ve left it incredibly late yet again, but this Christmas I won’t be charging like a lunatic up the aisles with a sweaty, panicked look on my face. I won’t stand defeated in front of empty shelves where the vegetables used to be, trying to think of an appropriate alternative. And I won’t be placing […]

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Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier

Vivien Leigh in the Theatre & Performance Galleries

Earlier this year, the V&A acquired the Vivien Leigh archive. This has enabled us to display some of the unique objects from this collection in the Museum’s Theatre & Performance Galleries (103 – 106). Vivien Leigh (1913 – 1967) is one of the most celebrated actors of the 20th century. Born in India and educated […]

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Unseasonal Greetings

Did you know that the V&A’s Word and Image Department holds a large collection of greetings cards? Browsing through these on Search the Collections can certainly get you into the holiday spirit. You will, of course, spot holly, mistletoe, beautifully decorated trees, and more than a few presents. But perhaps at Christmas time, the usual […]

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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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An Eccentrics Christmas

To celebrate the festive period, artists Helen and Colin David – of textile label English Eccentrics – were commissioned to create the spectacular 2013 Christmas Tree for the Grand Entrance of the Museum. The ‘Red Velvet Tree of Love’ is traditional in shape but is coated in visceral red flocking to give a deep velvet-like […]

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

It’s 30th November, also known as St Andrew’s Day. What a perfect time to celebrate Scottish design with a look at some fine examples of Caledonian craft. We begin with an object that was not just made in Scotland, it was made *of* Scotland. Scottish stones to be precise. This double scarf or shawl pin […]

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