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Travelling to the Wonderland: A new installation by Xu Bing at the V&A

From 2 November, celebrated Chinese artist Xu Bing will transform the V&A’s John Madejski Garden with a new installation inspired by the classic Chinese fable Tao Hua Yuan (The Peach Blossom Spring). The V&A invited Xu Bing to create a major new work to coincide with the Museum’s forthcoming exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 […]

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The V&A Digital Map

We are very excited to launch our brand new digital interactive map, designed to help you to discover the many treasures in the beautiful V&A galleries. Simple to use, the V&A digital map allows you to explore the V&A’s galleries and objects wherever you are. It works on all screen sizes, from your tablet or […]

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Tomorrow – Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A

In 2010 the V&A invited Elmgreen and Dragset to create a unique exhibition experience in the V&A.  The resulting work is the exhibition, ‘Tomorrow’, a fictional domestic interior that belongs to the architect Norman Swann. The exhibition draws from the V&A collection as well as props, loans and new artworks created by Elmgreen & Dragset.  […]

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Jewellery Design

Since Pearls are having a bit of a ‘moment’, it seemed a good time to search through the Designs collection for some interesting examples of jewellery design across the ages. There are about 3000 designs for jewellery in the Museum’s collection, and we’re particularly strong on nineteenth and early twentieth century examples. As the ‘Pearls’ […]

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The Design Fund to Benefit the V&A – the 2013 acquisitions

For the third time, the Design Fund to Benefit the V&A has supported major contemporary acquisitions for the V&A collection. The five design projects acquired represent recent design debates and responses which make use of both traditional and contemporary materials, design methods and manufacturing techniques. The objects range from a hand-made toaster to a series […]

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News from the V&A Bees

I am one of the V&A Visitor Services Ambassadors and I have also volunteered to help look after the V&A bees. The V&A installed four beehives in a sheltered corner of the roof of the museum in spring this year. The V&A bees originate from populations in Northern Italy and Wales. The hives were installed […]

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Design is Everywhere: London Design Festival @ the V&A 14 – 22 September

With the festival less than a fortnight away, the London Design Festival at the V&A team are caught up in an exciting flurry of activity. We thought we’d take a moment to surface and give you a taster of what there is in store! The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate […]

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ICOM Rio 2013: Part 3

Dana Andrew recently attended ICOM’s 23rd General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which focussed on museums’ ability to work with the content of their collections or research in a creative way to make a positive influence on society. In this post, Dana recalls visiting some of Rio’s museum highlights, and looks back on the […]

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ICOM Rio 2013: Part 2

Dana Andrew is currently attending ICOM’s 23rd General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which is focussing on museums’ ability to work with the content of their collections or research in a creative way to make a positive influence on society. In this post, Dana gives her first impressions of Rio and the beginning of […]

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Vivien Leigh's Diary

The V&A Acquires the Vivien Leigh Archive

We are delighted to announce that the V&A has acquired the archive of the legendary British film and theatre actress Vivien Leigh (1913 – 1967) in the centenary of her birth. The archive includes many never-before-seen records including letters, diaries, visitor books, scripts and photographs. Volume of press cuttings about Vivien Leigh’s role in Gone […]

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