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Come Fly With Me

Last week we decided how to make a putto fly. A putto (plural putti) is a figure represented in art as a chubby male child, often nude and sometimes with wings. This particular putto is a statuette made from limewood which was then painted and gilded. He was made in South Germany around 1755-60 and will be featuring in […]

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Update from Liam’s studio

Our Exhibition Road Drawing Resident Liam O’Connor has settled into his studio and is making trips to the Exhibition Road building site collecting interesting objects, inspiration and forming realationships with the construction workers. Liam has been making sketches of the site as well as experimenting with the materials that are left as waste by the […]

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Mount Making

Many of the 1000+ objects are going in to the new Europe Galleries will require support in order to ensure they are displayed safely. This support will be in the form of custom-made mounts. Mounts can be required for a variety of practical and aesthetic reasons: To support fragile or weak objects To enable objects […]

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Pickin’ Up Good Vibrations?

Vibrations may have given the Beach Boys excitations but in a Museum vibrations can give curators and conservators serious concern. The movement of vibrations can put objects at risk of harm and potential damage. Vibrations can be created by a number of things, for example a busy road outside or foot falls on a springy […]

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The Château de Juvisy

Last week Brodie Lyon posted about ‘The Château de Juvisy’ by Pierre-Denis Martin making its journey from Versailles to the V&A [see here]. The painting had been on display at the Palace of Versailles as part of the André Le Nôtre in Perspective 1613 – 2013 exhibition, celebrating the work of the noted landscape gardener, […]

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No Longer for Sale!

Those of you who have passed by the Museum in recent days may have noticed that it is no longer being touted by Messrs Elmgreen and Dragset as a ‘New Residential Development’. Back in October, those artists took advantage of the hoardings covering up building works and used them to display this provocative sign as […]

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Graphic Gathering – 2013/14 Winners Announced

After the success of last year’s project, the Schools Team ran Graphic Gathering for the second year, launching it during the London Design Festival and culminating with a celebratory awards ceremony here at the V&A last Thursday. Runners-up, winners from each school and overall winners were announced. Graphic Gathering aims to give secondary students an […]

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Shades of Grey

I have to admit that many of the tasks I most enjoy are those which necessitate bringing together a number of museum objects in the same space. Placed together, objects seem to become more ‘alive’ as their various colours and textures draw out and highlight a range of different qualities in each other. So this […]

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Looking forward to my residency

My name is Liam O’Connor and from the 1 April this year, I will have a studio at the V&A as the Exhibition Road drawing resident. I’ll have access to this studio for a whole year and will be looking at documenting and working with the building site that will eventually be the site of […]

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Future Residents

We’re pleased to announce that we have appointed three new residents who will start at the Museum on 1 April this year. Nao Matsunaga: Ceramics Resident Nao will be taking over the ceramics studio on level 6 from 1 April until the end of September 2014. He will be looking at different methods of abstraction […]

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