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One of the umbrellas with calligraphy by Savona Ling, outside the first “Democracy Wall” on the tall fences encircling the Civic Square in the background. Civic Square, whose name was so given in a student movement against nationalist education in 2012, was fenced off in recent months for added security to the Central Government Offices.

Umbrella Movement

New movements have grown in the time that Disobedient Objects has been open and new objects have been made. A key example is the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong where Occupy Central with Love and Peace has mobilised people in large scale protests demanding that Beijing grant Hong Kong true universal suffrage. In this blog […]

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Painting conservators and curator condition-checking the object before it goes into the display case © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Installing the Spring Poppy Fields

When coming into the V&A visitors are often impressed by the glamour of our collections, the quality of displays, and the magnificence of the Victorian building itself, what they rarely see is the amount of behind-the-scene effort in putting together and maintaining exhibitions and galleries. Let’s look at some numbers: 4 conservators, 4 curators, and […]

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The streets of Shanghai

I am Shanghai where I am staying with a local family in order to improve my Mandarin before I go and spend a month at the scroll mounting conservation studio in Nanjing Museum. The area I am living in is very communal to the point where everything happens out on the streets in full view […]

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Tim Reeve, Anais Aguerre, Martin Roth, Rong Zhao, Chengming Sun

CMG and V&A, a pioneering international collaboration

Midnight on Monday 16 June 2014, the final instructions for the signing ceremony at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) came through. Mr Sun, Vice-President of China Merchants Group (CMG) and Chairman of China Merchants Property Development (CMPD), had arrived just a few hours earlier. The next day, China Merchants Group and the V&A officially […]

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Goddess of democracy, Beijing, China, 1989

Museums and Protest

The V&A’s forthcoming Disobedient Objects exhibition challenges the image that many people have of what museums contain and what they are for. However museums can and sometimes do engage with social and political events happening in the world around us. The following are four recent instances of this. The June 4th Museum This June marked […]

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The Enchanting Story behind X+Q for the V&A

The V&A Shop recently collaborated with X+Q Art, the brainchild of Chinese artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci on two exclusive scarves inspired by the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 – 1900 exhibition. X+Q Art was founded by leading contemporary Chinese artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci to create limited edition sculpture, fashion accessories and […]

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Auspicious Visitors:Working with Chinese paintings (with a little help from the British Museum)

Destined to be an iconic exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Paintings 700-1900 will open this week to a public eager to see some of the most remarkable examples of Chinese painting from 1200 years of tradition. Detail from ‘Nine Dragons’,  Chen Rong, 1244, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. […]

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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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Rebinding ‘The Emperor’s Pearls’

‘The Regulations for Ceremonial Paraphernalia of the Present Dynasty’. Beijing, 1772. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Aside from the titular precious stones, the upcoming Pearls exhibition will also feature a lavishly illustrated 18th century Chinese book. Known as ‘The Regulations for Ceremonial Paraphernalia of the Present Dynasty, the book is known to have been […]

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Conservation and Mounting of a Chinese Export Wallpaper Panel

Paper Conservators at the V&A are responsible for everything from minute portrait miniature paintings to enormous printed posters. Historic wallpapers also come under their remit, and the V&A has an extremely fine collection. As part of a series of posts on new displays for the British Galleries, Senior Paper Conservator, Susan Catcher explains the processes […]

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