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Ice Ice Baby

Have you been gripped by all of the recent Winter Olympics action? We thought we’d honour the incredible achievements of the athletes over in Sochi by picking out some objects in our collections that feature winter sports. It’s time to get our skates on, and we’re going to start off by looking at all things […]

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Happy Anniversary, London 2012: The Olympic Cauldron Model

Today is the one year anniversary of the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and to mark the occasion Thomas Heatherwick’s cauldron model has been installed on display in the Prints and Drawings Study Room. The model arrives in the Study Room and is taken out of its packing crate. © Abraham Thomas The […]

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Collect London 2012: a few more of your images

So many great images have been contributed to the Collect London 2012 project (see last post) that I couldn't resist putting a few more on the blog. Have a look at the Flickr group and add your own images from the last two weeks.

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Olympic Protest

On top of a road sign near Brick Lane in London last week an unofficial street art tribute was erected to Tommie Smith – one of two black Americanathletes who famously used an Olympic podium at the Mexico City Games in 1968 to stage a demonstration against racial discrimination in the United States. As the American national anthem played, Smith and John Carlos (gold and bronze medallists in the 200m respectively) silently made the black power salute – creating an iconic image of dignified protest that was broadcast around the globe.

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Olympic Posters: Branding

When the Olympic Torch Relay arrived in London, the official London 2012 website declared that 'London's moment to shine is here'. Early on in the history of the modern Olympic Games host cities realised that the Games were a chance to project a message of both civic and national pride to the rest of the world. Many Olympic posters present host cities through images of skylines, important monuments or civic coats of arms.

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Olympic Posters: History Lessons

This is the second in a series of posts looking at Olympic posters from the V&A collection

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Olympic Posters

As I sit down to write the first entry for this blog, London is buzzing with Olympic fever: there is only one day left to go before the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games. This presents me with a perfect opening subject – especially as Olympic posters are an area of the collection that we’ve been focussing on for some time at the V&A.

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A Look at 2012

A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the construction site for the new Olympic Stadium, in the company of our students on the V&A/RCA Course in Design History. Project architect Philip Johnson (no relation to the great American modernist) and his colleagues from the firm Populous, who designed the structure, gave us a wonderful and revealing tour. Here's a few of the things we learned about planning for a building that will arrest the attention of the world two years from now. Stage Set Architecture. If you've noticed anything about the preparatory renderings for the stadium …

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