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An Empty Space

First chance to look around the exhibition space – empty. The last few displays from the previous show Quilts are being removed. That has been a huge success, so our show has a lot to live up to. We have been given all three galleries, about 1,300 m2 – completely empty, they look huge. However, once cases and partitions go in the space will shrink dramatically – and, of course, we hope it will be full of visitors as well! The V&A keeps galleries shut for as little time as possible so the “turn around” period is just seven weeks. …

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Introducing the team

Only two months to the opening of Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929 – the V&A’s special exhibition for Autumn 2010 – so started my blog. Hope to give you an insight into the run up to a major exhibition here, and an idea of some of the challenges we face. And of course we hope you will want to come to the show itself! It’s a rare opportunity and it’s unlikely that many of the exhibits will be seen again here for many years. But first the team. I’ve been the V&A’s Curator of dance …

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Exhibition as Experience

Of course, the V&A is by no means the first museum to bring an exhibition audience face-to-face with full-scale architectural commissions. In fact, the Museum of Modern Art in New York has a rather rich history in the presentation of architectural projects. In 1940, one year before America's entry into the Second World War, Richard Buckminster Fuller (he of geodesic dome fame)was invited to exhibit a full-scale Dymaxion Deployment Unit – a mass-production version of his 1927 Dymaxion House- in the MoMA garden. Eight years later, perhaps inspired by the tradition of demonstration houses and show-homes often seen at World's …

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