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Crossing the line: acting into leadership

V&A-MorlaixStaircase

This is the Morlaix staircase, an object beautifully displayed in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries of the V&A. It is over 11 metres tall and comes from a house in the town of Morlaix, in Brittany, France. The question it poses for me is: “When did it stop being a staircase and become a museum […]

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Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age

Attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621-1674), "Man in a Plumed Hat", Museum no. Dyce.422 ©Victoria and Albert Museum

This weekend a new display, Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age opens here at the V&A, offering visitors the chance to see some previously little-known treasures from the Prints, Drawings and Paintings collection. The V&A’s outstanding collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings is one of the largest and most important in […]

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‘Graffiti’ photographs by Brassaï

Brassaï, from Graffiti Series VI: 'Love', 1933-56.  © Estate of Brassaï - RMN

Over the last few months, I have been cataloguing a group of 99 photographs by the Hungarian photographer Brassaï. They were acquired by the V&A as part of a bequest from his widow, Mme Gilberte Boyer Brassaï, who died in 2005. Brassaï was born in 1899 as Gyula Halász in the Transylvanian town of Brassó. […]

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Venice Biennale launches first ever summer school in partnership with the V&A

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This summer, the V&A is collaborating with La Biennale di Venezia and the University of Applied Arts Vienna to launch a new summer school programme. This inaugural La Biennale Summer School will invite participants to engage in a week of cognitive experiments and adventures. It runs alongside the Biennale Special Project on Applied Arts, ‘A […]

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V&A Director Martin Roth awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

The V&A’s Director Martin Roth was recently awarded the Verdienstkreuz Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany). He was given the medal by the German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at a reception in Berlin who gave the following speech, here reproduced in German and English. […]

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Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Kitty-in-Boots

Unfinished illustration for The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, 1914. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with kind permission from the owner

Cats feature in several of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved tales. Tabitha Twitchit and her cousin, Ribby, are models of respectability but Tom Kitten is prone to scratching and the tailor of Gloucester’s cat, Simpkin, spits and growls – ‘I don’t consider cats thoroughly domesticated animals’. When the young Peter Rabbit encounters a white cat flicking his […]

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HOW TO WIN the V&A Illustration Awards! An interview with the judges

2016 VILLA shortlist

It’s an enduring mystery of art competitions: what exactly do the judges want? As the shortlist for the V&A Illustration Awards is announced, I caught up with the judges of the Student Prize, Rafi Romaya & Ruth Prickett, & quizzed them on their choices, trends in illustration & their views on why Student Competitions matter.

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The Moroccan Fashion Project: an insight into the acquisition process

Museum no. ME.5:1 to 4- 2015 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Amongst the many exciting tasks that I have to undertake as an assistant curator in the Middle East section of the Asian Department is the responsibility of dealing with the logistics of all new acquisitions. Every year, the V&A acquires hundreds of objects from different people all over the world. Last year, amongst these acquisitions […]

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The new V&A website – the inside story

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Last week we relaunched vam.ac.uk and we’ve been bowled over by the positive response – thank you. Last week I explained a bit about what we’ve done and why. Since then we’ve been asked lots of questions from cultural and digital folk who want a bit more detail on the thinking behind the new site […]

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GUEST BLOG: Reflections on the International Training Course, ‘Curating Fashion and Dress’

Tour of the Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion ©Angelika Riley

This guest blog post features three reflections on the first edition of the V&A international training course, ‘Curating Fashion and Dress‘, which was held at the V&A between 15-19 February 2016 for twenty museum professionals from across the globe developing fashion collections and exhibitions. The one-week course was co-directed by Anaïs Aguerre, Head of International […]

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