Marking the arrival of his installation for the V&A's John Madejski Garden, we travelled to Beijing to spend some time with the artist Xu Bing. A visit to his studio provided an opportunity to talk about the piece that he has created for the V&A. As you will discover, Bing is a man whose artistic mind encompasses both the history of Chinese art and the nature of modern, urban life.
Still very much V&A territory, but west of the museum's South Kensington location, is Blythe House, an atmospheric building used to house the museum's collections. Blythe House has been given a new, additional purpose as the home of the Clothworkers' Centre – a space especially for those seeking to study the V&A's fashion and textiles collection. Our visit to the Clothworkers' Centre can been seen here.
Elmgreen & Dragset are artists known for their site-specific installations, which often succeed in being, by turns, witty, biting and poignant. Our film offers a brief survey of some of their recent work, and sees Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset discussing Tomorrow, the domestic environment that they have created for a fictional architect right here at the V&A.
Richard Barnhart takes us on an erudite trip through the history of Chinese ...