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“I am so jealous you work here!”

ulia Margaret Cameron's Photography Exhibition Installation

When a visitor says, “I am so jealous you work here”, it can’t get any better than that. The Victoria & Albert Museum is an iconic piece of Victorian, architectural magnificence, housing over 1500 years of impeccable history.  There is no other place like the V&A Museum in the world. From the moment you approach […]

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A New Line from South Kensington to Bexhill on Sea

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Some exhibitions really do stem from a casual chat between curators over drinks. About a year ago, a curator from the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill on the south coast was talking about their plans to celebrate their iconic 1930s Modernist building to an NAL curator. Our curator mentioned a collection of material in […]

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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

'Live Architecture' exhibition site, 1951
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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