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An Imperial Playhouse: The Gilbert Collection’s Russian micromosaic jewel casket re-identified

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On 4 March 2015 I gave an illustrated lunch-time talk at the V&A on Russian Country Houses which was well received and well attended. Afterwards, Katrina Warne, a regular visitor to Russia, identified the micromosaic scene on the Gilbert Collection jewel casket which I had illustrated as a view of the Gothic Priory at Gatchina. […]

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Reflection on the Exceptional Contribution to the World of Art and Design Made by Moira Gemmill

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As we reflect on the exceptional contribution made by Moira Gemmill, the V&A’s former Design Director who died recently, to the V&A and the world of art and design more broadly, we wanted to share the speech made by V&A Chairman Sir Paul Ruddock at her leaving event in January 2015. “It is always hard […]

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Moira Gemmill

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“We are devastated to hear of the tragic death of our much-loved and respected colleague of many years, Moira Gemmill. During her 13-year career at the V&A as the Director of Design before leaving for the Royal Collection Trust in January this year, she made an extraordinary impact in transforming the Museum’s galleries and facilities […]

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Glastonbury Installation Series: Part 3, Politics

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Politics is the third and final theme of this year’s Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Alongside music and weather, it is conceptualised as an ‘invisible scenography’ by the Artistic Director of the Quadrennial, Sodja Lotker. Much like more traditional conceptions of design and space, politics profoundly shapes our environment and our behaviour within that […]

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How to get your Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty ticket

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Worried that you don’t have a chance of seeing Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty? Heard rumours of sold out tickets? Never fear, just follow our handy guide for buying and you’ll soon have your ticket to the hottest exhibition in town. Buy online While many of the early dates have sold out online, do not despair. […]

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A Day in the Life on the Exhibition Road Project: Luke Cripps

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Toureen Group are a construction company specialising in demolition and excavation, and we have been solving complex construction problems for over twenty years. We were responsible for removing the 1970s buildings in the V&A’s ‘Boilerhouse Yard’, and we are now undertaking the big ‘dig’ to create the new subterranean exhibition gallery for the Museum. We […]

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A very big hanging

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We recently returned from a week’s visit to Delhi and Jaipur, where we visited some of the designers showing work in the exhibition and also picked up several of our new acquisitions from them – about which there will be more in a separate blog. One highlight of the trip was a visit to the National […]

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17th Century Modern Materials

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A while back I was given six small samples to analyse – nothing unusual about this till I looked at the images of the object that the samples had come from and immediately had grand notions of treasure hunting for the Holy Grail with Indiana Jones! These thoughts were soon followed by me humming ‘knights […]

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On Tour: David Bowie is

'David Bowie is Putting on a Show' in Paris. © Philharmonie de Paris / Charles d'Herouville

In its whirlwind world tour, ‘David Bowie is’ has moved onto its next destination, Paris! After an immensely successful and exciting run at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the exhibition will be on display at the Cité de la Musique from the 2nd March until the 31st May 2015.   The exhibition promises […]

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RIP Steve Strange ‘Would you let you in?’

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    Steve Strange, the New Romantic Pioneer and lead Singer of Visage was also famous at the Blitz club for the quote that he’s photographed next to in the V&A Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s exhibition. Image courtesy of Simon Sorted http://www.sorted.tv  

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