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Inspiring Beautiful Free shoot

Here are some behind the scenes shots of the Inspiring Beautiful Free marketing campaign shoot. We have been working with photographer James Medcraft www.jamesmedcraft.com The shoot in the John Madejski garden was the final in the architectural series. .

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Captain Fowke’s pontoons

As I was leafing through an early volume of the V&A Archive’s collection of Photographic Guardbooks the eclectic parade of historical treasures passing before me was suddenly interrupted by a seemingly incongruous gallery of Royal Engineers testing collapsible pontoons in the Museum grounds! What possible reason could there be for pasting these photographs into the Guardbooks, I […]

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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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Music for a While: Benjamin Britten at the V&A

While rummaging through a box of old photographs I chanced upon this one of the composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) and tenor Peter Pears (1910-1986) taken at recital they gave at the V&A. Tenor Peter Pears and pianist Benjamin Britten on stage during a recital in the Raphael Cartoon gallery. V&A Archive, accession no. A0212. © […]

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Georg Baselitz sculpture to be installed in the V&A’s John Madejski Garden this summer

This summer a monumental three-figure sculpture by Georg Baselitz, one of Germany’s most celebrated living artists, will be installed in the John Madejski Garden. It has been created in response to Antonio Canova’s neoclassical sculpture The Three Graces (1814-1817) recently redisplayed at the V&A. Baselitz’s Untitled (2013), standing over 3.5 meters high, is a contemporary […]

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Spring is here! Time to enjoy the V&A’s Garden

By James Sutton, Records and Archives Assistant, V&A Archive.The John Madejski Garden is an oasis in the centre of the Museum and now that Spring is here again we’ll be able to step out of the galleries and enjoy the courtyard garden to the full.

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‘Ratatosk’ and ‘Spiral Booths’ construction time-lapse

Thanks to Peter Kelleher in the V&A Photo Studio, here is some fantastic construction time-lapse photography for two of the structures in the '1:1' exhibition – Helen & Hard's 'Ratatosk', in the John Madejski Garden, and Vazio S/A's 'Spiral Booths' in the Porter Gallery: http://www.vimeo.com/12509535 http://www.vimeo.com/12509503 As a companion piece for the Spiral Booths time-lapse footage, here's the original3-D framework visualisation that the Vazio S/A team sent us a few months back, as a comparison: http://www.vimeo.com/11994858

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Helen & Hard ‘Ratatosk’ – willow canopy

The Helen & Hard 'Ratatosk' climbing structure is nearing completion in the V&A John Madejski Garden. Another gorgeous sunny day in South Kensington…the two project architects on site, Dag Strass and Caleb Reed, have now grafted strips of willow onto the stumps of the CNC-carved ash trees to create a stunning roof canopy. Taking a close look at the ten ash trees in this bright sunlight, it is fantastic to see the raw, unfiltered quality of the rough exterior bark – complete with moss and gnarled knots. Such a dramatic contrast with the very precise planes that have been carved …

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Helen & Hard ash trees arrive at the V&A

Resembling a group of patients being rushed into an operating theatre on hospital trolleys, the ten Norwegian ash trees for Helen & Hard's 'Ratatosk' climbing structure arrived at the V&A's John Madejski Garden early yesterday morning. http://www.vimeo.com/12369772 As a quick reminder, here's what one of the trees looked like a few weeks ago, as it went under the 'surgeon's knife' of a CNC milling machine: Dag Strass and Caleb Reed from Helen & Hard Architects accompanied the trees on their journey to the V&A from Norway. The weather dramatically improved today, and the two architects have already made quick work …

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