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Lansbury Micro Museum- Planning the Dream

Lansbury Micro Museum, at Open House London 2016

Over the past couple of months we have been welcoming local residents – as well as those from further afield- into the Lansbury Micro Museum at Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market to explore the history and architectural significance of the Lansbury Estate. This month we are inviting visitors to share and capture their own stories about […]

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Rethinking replication: The V&A at the Venice Biennale

Installation view of ‘A World of Fragile Parts’, presented by La Biennale di Venezia and V&A, 2016. Photo by Andrea Avezzu’ courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia.

This year the V&A launched its first collaboration with the Venice Biennale, in the Applied Arts Pavilion located in the Arsenale. The exhibition, ‘A World of Fragile Parts’ curated by Brendan Cormier, explores the possibilities of preserving and disseminating cultural artefacts. It showcases a selection of projects that demonstrate the latest replication technologies, posing political […]

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Lansbury Micro Museum- The Launch

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Courtesy The National Archives

This week sees the launch of a new ‘micro museum’, which has opened to the public in a disused retail space in Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market, on the Lansbury Estate in East London. Created by the V&A, the space will host a series of exhibitions over coming months that explore the importance of the Estate […]

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Installation of the ‘Oculus’ – a window into the new Exhibition Road Gallery

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    Over the past six months, the team has enjoyed watching the construction of the oculus develop and take shape on site. Now that work has completed on the concrete structure, the Exhibition Road building project is ready for bespoke steel and glass elements to be installed, and installation of the Oculus has begun. This eye-catching structure […]

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Time for Time

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by Charlotte Johnson, Assistant Curator   Time seems straightforward. It is a constant part of our everyday lives; when we look at the time on our smartphones’ lock screen, when we glance down at our watches, even when watching intently as the seconds count down to the ping of the microwave. Clocks and watches have […]

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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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New acquisition: Brionvega RR126 ‘radiofonografo’

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  This radiogram is a musical pet, or at least that’s how it was described when it appeared in Italy in 1966, the product of the imaginations of the Castiglioni brothers, Achille (1918-2002) and Pier Giacomo (1913-1968). It is the Furniture and Woodwork collections’ first acquisition of 2016.   Brionvega produced many cutting-edge audio-visual products […]

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Textiles and architecture in India

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A number of the textiles in the Fabric of India exhibition were made to be used in architectural contexts, whether as furnishings for buildings or as a type of portable architecture in themselves. As we didn’t have space in the exhibition to discuss these relationships, this blog aims to provide some additional context for those pieces. When […]

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Measure twice, cut once

Our best selling exhibition of all time Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty closed this weekend, and whilst our visitor services staff may be secretly relieved to have the museum a little quieter, for the Fabric of India team this is a salutary moment: we are up next…  Our deadlines are no longer articulated by months but by weeks and days, […]

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End of the Big Dig!

New basement spaces supporting the Exhibition Gallery above

We are pleased to announce that bulk excavation on the Exhibition Road Building site is now finished, after nearly 4 months of non-stop digging! While there are some areas still requiring minor excavation work, over 22,000 cubic metres of soil has been removed from site. The spaces for the new exhibitions gallery, feature staircase and back […]

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