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May half-term 2016 Family Art Fun

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Over 9 days from 28 May – 5 June, 12,000 participants took part in activities as part of the May half-term Family programme, inspired by the Engineering Season at the V&A, and most notably, Elytra, Filament Pavilion by Achim Menges; an amazing temporary structure inspired by beetles and fabricated by robots. At first, the theme of Engineering did […]

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V&A Museum – Engineering Season and Hip Hop robots! Review by Issy

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This is a guest blog, by Issy, who has written an excellent review of her visit to the V&A Museum during May half-term 2016. Issy took part in Pop-up Performance – the Dance of the Robot and visited Elytra Filament Pavilion, part of the V&A Engineering Season. “The V&A is one of my favourite museums as it […]

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Family Art Fun Christmas and New Year

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This Christmas the V&A Family Art Fun team ran a series of events to celebrate the season. From Monday 28 – Thursday 31 December, three times a day as part of Pop-up Performance, families met the Sugar Plum Fairy, a gingerbread soldier, the Mouse King and Clara and discovered the enchanting world of Christmas Crackers, […]

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A Shifting Snow Maiden

The Little Daughter of the Snow, illustrated by G. I. Narbut, 1906, NAL pressmark 36.BB.1.

Anyone with small children will know that snow maidens have had a resurgence in popularity in the last few years thanks to a certain ubiquitous Disney film, but this is only the latest in a long history of snowy maidens in folk and fairy stories. In this blog I’m going to look at the Russian […]

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Out On Display #10: Because We Must

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          Costumes for Because We Must Designed by Leigh Bowery Made by Mr. Pearl London, crewel work & appliqué, 1987 S.101 & 102-2010 On display in room 105   For maverick gay artist, costume designer, club promoter and poseur, Leigh Bowery (1961-1994), fashion and clothing were an integral part of his […]

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The final curtain

This entry brings the blog for Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929 to its conclusion. I had hoped to write more about the dismantling of the exhibition but time has run out. Briefly the costumes that had been on open display had to have three days in the freezer before being carefully packed. A large refrigerator was hired for a week of the kind used for ‘Wimbledon and royal events’ to keep food cool. Freezing protects fabrics, killing off any insects and, while we are vigilant and hope to keep the museum free of pests, these …

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Castles in Spain (well factories)

Caxia-Forum, Barcelona While the galleries are being stripped, Diana and I took off for Barcelona where a significant selection of the V&A’s Diaghilev exhibition will be show from October before moving on to Madrid next year. We saw the space where it will be presented in the stunning Caxia-Forum which houses three concurrent exhibitions from all over the world at one time. The one we saw most closely was Roads to Arabia Archaeological treasures from Saudi Arabia. The building was originally a textile factory but designed a century ago in the Catalan art nouveau style by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, …

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I eat my words!

The Ballets Russes on stage during their first visit to the Fêtes des Narcisses when they danced Les Sylphides and Aurora’s Wedding (which is shown in this photograph). The Exhibition build is being dismantled – the cloths are all wrapped up and the technicians taking all the structures down and I shall report further on this as I wrap up this blog BUT I am still leading an exciting life going out and about. At Monday’s Dance Critics Awards at Sadler’s Wells the exhibition received praise from members of the dance profession ( a very welcome acknowledgement) and I am …

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Over

Our last courier arrived from Hamburg today to reclaim the wonderful cartoons of Le Spectre de la rose by Jean Cocteau. Material from the ‘props store’ has been claimed for the Friday late on 25 March which will have a performance theme . Many of the costumes are already crated up on their mannequins for their transatlantic voyage although we have been having some problems with our freezer which has delayed the packing a little. It really is over. The banners in the Sackler Centre have been taken down and the Degas painting of the ballet scene from Meyerbeer’s opera …

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Archives

Alicia Markova in La Chatte and the petty cash receipt in her own hand for her shoes for this ballet The Archival case has been dismantled. This was the last material taken out of its case. It was fun putting this together and although some visitors moved past it quickly others poured over the documents fascinated. The documents ranged from the first contract for Hilda Munnings (about to become Munningsova and later Lydia Sokolova), together with a letter from her father as in 1913 she was underage to sign a legal document, through to a petty cash receipt for Alicia …

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