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The Cabinet of Curiosities: Reflections on modern art historical thinking

Portrait of Elias Ashmole

If you, like me, are curious about cabinets of curiosity, the inaugural Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Lecture on the history of collecting was a key date. Given by esteemed art historian and authority on the history of collecting, Professor Paula Findlen, it was South Kensington’s hottest ticket. If you were disappointed not to get one, […]

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Tom Hammick, winner of the V&A Prize at the International Print Biennale, Newcastle, 2016

The V&A has collected the best of contemporary printmaking since its foundation and now has an internationally renowned collection of modern and contemporary prints. For this reason the V&A has been closely involved with the International Print Biennale in Newcastle since it was established in 2009. The biennale is the largest printmaking event in the […]

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‘Pussyhat’ acquired for Rapid Response Collection

Voice of America - Brian Allen

The V&A has acquired a Pussyhat worn at the Women’s March attended by an estimated 500,000 people in Washington on 21 January 2017 – the day after US President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The pink hat was knitted by Jayna Zweiman, the Los Angeles-based co-founder of the Pussyhat Project, which called on people to turn the […]

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Bamboozling, Flash Gordon and a Magical Mystery Tour

In my previous post, I spoke about the The Black Panther , a comic that inaugurated by Jack Kirby before Don McGregor imposed his own inimitable stamp of racial awareness on it. Our story continues… The last episode opened with Lindsay Anderson and closed with Malcolm McDowell responding in different ways to my comic addiction. […]

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A History of Oscar Wilde in Three Plays

Assistant Curator, Alex Clayton, celebrates LGBT History Month with a blog exploring the career and legacy of Oscar Wilde, using material from the V&A’s Theatre and Performance Collections. On the 31st January 2017, Queen Elizabeth II signed the Police and Crime Act. The law posthumously pardoned over 50,000 historic convictions of ‘gross indecency’ and other […]

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Tools of Rebellion

Navigational tools of rebellion

‘Tools of Rebellion’ was a working title for a collection of eight articles we produced to support the exhibition, You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 70. These articles are united around a common theme of contemporary, creative activists who use their own tools of rebellion to highlight positive causes. To link each of these articles […]

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Animating history

Fig.2. Groenmarkt, The Hague, ca.1860.

Fly through time and space with two new animated films from artist and V&A Museum photographer, George Eksts. The films provide spectacular and unfettered access into two 19th-century table-top tableau of a masquerade ball (Groot Gemaskerd Bal) and a food market (Groenmarkt), published by H.L. van Hoogstraten in The Hague, around 1860 (Museum No. Gestetner […]

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Out for Revolution! – Friday Late (27th January 2017)

As many of you will be aware, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. But how far have we come in the fight for equality?This month’s Friday Late aims to consider this question, under the rubric ‘Out for Revolution’. We have been excitedly putting together the programme over the past few […]

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Dr Tristram Hunt announced as new Director of the V&A

Dr Tristram Hunt

The V&A Trustees have today appointed Dr Tristram Hunt as the new Director of the V&A. Tristram has served as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, and was previously the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for Education. A historian, politician, writer and broadcaster, Tristram is an expert on the eighteenth and nineteenth […]

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vam.ac.uk turns 20!

Today is the 20th birthday of vam.ac.uk. Having arrived on its due date 20 years ago, it was nurtured through the early years of museum digital infancy, enjoyed all the freedom, self-discovery and turbulence of the teenage years and has grown into a sophisticated, well-adjusted and thoughtful website. Following huge reinvention earlier this year, a […]

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