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V&A launches ‘Cakespeare’ competition to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birthday

To mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth on 23 April 2014 and launch the V&A’s Shakespeare Festival, the Museum is inviting the public to take part in a special Shakespeare themed cake competition.

Download: 'Cakespeare' press release (PDF file, 68KB)


Constable: The Making of a Master

The V&A's major autumn exhibition will re-examine the work of John Constable (1776-1837), Britain’s best-loved artist. It will explore his sources, techniques and legacy and reveal the hidden stories behind the creation of some of his most well-known paintings. 

Download: Constable: The Making of a Master (PDF file, 95 KB)


Disobedient Objects

The V&A will this summer present the first exhibition to explore objects of art and design from around the world that have been created by grassroots social movements as tools of social change. From Chilean folk art textiles that document political violence to a graffiti-writing robot, defaced currency to giant inflatable cobblestones thrown at demonstrations in Barcelona, to a political video game about the making of mobile phones, Disobedient Objects will demonstrate how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity.

Download: Disobedient Objects (PDF file, 438.4 KB)


Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright

In celebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth on 23 April  2014,this display will explore Shakespeare’s works as inspiration for a multitude of theatrical interpretations through the centuries and across the globe.

Download: Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright (PDF file, 50 KB)


V&A announce new Europe 1600-1800 galleries

The V&A today unveiled details of the new Europe 1600-1800 galleries, opening to the public in December 2014.

Download: V&A announce new Europe 1600-1800 galleries (PDF file, 66 KB)


V&A FuturePlan update 2014

Over the last 13 years the V&A has completed more than 50 building projects and transformed around 40,000 square metres of the Museum. 

Download: V&A FuturePlan update 2014 (PDF file, 139 KB)


18th-century table fountain to be displayed for first time in 150 years following ambitious conservation project

A huge 18th-century table fountain is to go on public display for the first time in 150 years when the V&A’s new Europe 1600-1800 galleries open in late 2014.

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V&A to publish complete list of ‘Entartete Kunst’ online

The V&A holds the only known copy of a complete list of ‘Entartete Kunst’ (‘Degenerate Art’) confiscated by the Nazi regime from public institutions in Germany, mostly during 1937 and 38. The typescript inventory of ‘Entartete Kunst’ was apparently compiled in 1941-2 and provides information on the provenance and fate of each work.

Download: V&A to publish complete list of ‘Entartete Kunst’ online


V&A experts discover new John Constable oil sketch

V&A experts have discovered a previously unrecorded oil sketch by John Constable in the Museum’s permanent collection, concealed beneath a lining canvas on the reverse of Branch Hill Pond: Hampstead. The newly discovered work will now go on public display in the Paintings Galleries.

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V&A Announces Dice Kayek As Winner Of Jameel Prize 3

Dice Kayek has won the £25,000 Jameel Prize 3 for Istanbul Contrast (2010), a collection of garments that evoke Istanbul’s architectural and artistic heritage. Dice Kayek is a Turkish fashion label established in 1992 by sisters Ece and Ayse Ege.

Download: V&A Announces Dice Kayek As Winner Of Jameel Prize 3


Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

The V&A’s spring 2014 exhibition will trace the development of the fashionable white wedding dress
and its interpretation by leading couturiers and designers, offering a panorama of fashion over the last two centuries.

Download: Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 (PDF file, 650 KB)


V&A’s 2013 Christmas Tree by Helen and Colin David

To celebrate the festive period, the V&A has commissioned artists Helen and Colin David to create a Christmas Tree for the Grand Entrance of the Museum.

Download: V&A’s 2013 Christmas Tree by Helen and Colin David (PDF file, 479 KB)


Fashion in Motion: Meadham Kirchhoff

Celebrated design duo Meadham Kirchhoff will be the subject of the V&A’s next Fashion in Motion. Four free catwalk shows will take place on 6 December, presenting highlights of the label’s womenswear collections to date.

Download: Fashion in Motion: Meadham Kirchhoff (PDF file, 170 KB)


The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014

The V&A's spring exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, will be the first major show to examine Italy’s rich and influential contribution to fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present. It will draw out the defining factors unique to the Italian fashion industry – the use of luxurious materials; expert textile production; specialist, regional manufacturing; and its strength as a source of both dynamic menswear and glamorous womenswear.

Download: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (PDF file, 726 KB)

Download: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014: Exhibition Highlights (PDF file, 1.5 MB)


Fashion in Motion: Kansai Yamamoto

Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto will be the subject of the V&A’s next Fashion in Motion. Four free catwalk shows will take place on 1 November, presenting archive and specially made pieces spanning Yamamoto’s four decade career.

Download: Fashion in Motion: Kansai Yamamoto (PDF file, 659 KB)


V&A acquires the original Joey puppet from the National Theatre’s West End stage production of War Horse

The V&A is delighted to announce that Handspring Puppet Company have donated Joey, the original West End horse puppet from the National Theatre’s award-winning stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel War Horse.

Download: V&A acquires the original Joey puppet from the National Theatre’s West End stage production of War Horse (PDF file, 95.6KB)


Travelling to the Wonderland

From 2 November, celebrated Chinese artist Xu Bing will transform the V&A’s John Madejski Garden into an ethereal Arcadia 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 – 1900 which brings together the finest examples of Chinese painting to present an overview of one of the world’s greatest artistic traditions.

Download: Travelling to the Wonderland (PDF file, 102 KB)


William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

A new collaboration between the V&A and the Bard Graduate Center will examine the life and
work of William Kent (1685-1748), one of the leading architects and designers of early Georgian Britain. The exhibition will celebrate Kent’s oeuvre over three decades (1719-48) when Britain defined itself as a new nation with the accession of a new Hanoverian Royal Family.

Download: William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain (PDF file, 59 KB)


The Design Fund to Benefit the V&A Announces New Contemporary Acquisitions

The Design Fund to Benefit the V&A has this year enabled the Museum to acquire five
contemporary design projects ranging from a series of vessels made of natural polymers to a 3D printed gun. They will all go on display at the V&A for the first time during London Design.

Download: The Design Fund to Benefit the V&A Announces New Contemporary Acquisitions (PDF file, 2.3 MB)


V&A acquires the archive of Vivien Leigh

The V&A is delighted to announce that it has acquired the archive of the British film and theatre actress Vivien Leigh (1913 - 1967) in the centenary year of her birth. The archive comprises many never-before-seen records including letters, personal diaries and photographs, visitor books, Leigh’s annotated film and theatre scripts, press clippings and her numerous awards.

Download: V&A acquires the archive of Vivien Leigh (PDF file, 50.5 KB)


Last chance to see David Bowie is

Around 300,000 people have already seen the V&A’s David Bowie is exhibition as it enters its closing week. The V&A has been running regular late night openings to cope with demand and the exhibition has been open until 22.00 every night for the final two weeks. Tickets are still available for purchase every day at the Museum.

Download: Last chance to see David Bowie is (PDF file, 94 KB)


V&A’s Exhibition Road Project Awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Tuesday 30 July 2013
The V&A is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a first-round pass for an Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £4,999,000 towards the Museum’s £42 million Exhibition Road Project.

Download: V&A’s Exhibition Road Project Awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Grant (PDF file, 49 KB)


V&A Launches Series of Free Podcasts

The V&A has launched a series of podcasts revealing the work that goes on behind the scenes of the world’s leading art and design museum. Topics range from the challenges of curating exhibitions about performance, to ways of preventing art theft.

Download: V&A Launches Series of Free Podcasts (PDF file, 34 KB)


V&A Announces David Bowie is happening now, a Live Cinema Event

Tuesday 13 August
On Tuesday 13 August audiences across the country will be able to join the Museum for a live cinema event screened from David Bowie is as the finale to the enormously successful exhibition.

Download: V&A Announces David Bowie is happening now, a Live Cinema Event (PDF file, 93.47 KB)


The Clothworkers’ Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation

Opens 8 October 2013
The V&A is creating a new centre for the study, enjoyment and care of its outstanding textiles and fashion collections. Housing over 104,000 objects, the Clothworkers’ Centre will offer the best possible access to the V&A collections for the many researchers, students and enthusiasts who use them every year.

Download: The Clothworkers' Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation (PDF file, 54.65 KB)


Georg Baselitz installation at the V&A

15 June – 8 September 2013
Lent by the artist and supported by White Cube
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.

Download: Georg Baselitz installation at the V&A (PDF file, 41 KB)


George Butler announced as winner of the V&A Illustration Awards 2013

George Butler was last night (3 June) revealed as the overall winner of the V&A Illustration Awards 2013 in a ceremony held at the Museum. The annual V&A Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustration published over the last year.

Download: George Butler announced as winner of the V&A Illustration Awards 2013 (PDF file, 53 KB)


Fashion in Motion: Jenny Packham

Friday 19 July, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 20.00
The V&A’s next Fashion in Motion will celebrate the 25th anniversary of designer Jenny Packham. On 19th July the Museum will host a series of four free catwalk shows in its Raphael Gallery, presenting highlights of Packham’s collections to date.

Download: Fashion in Motion: Jenny Packham (PDF file, 470.7 KB)


Tomorrow – Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A

1 October 2013 - 2 January 2014
The V&A has commissioned a major site-specific installation over five galleries by leading contemporary artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. Opening in October 2013, Tomorrow will transform the V&A’s former textile galleries into an apartment belonging to a fictional, elderly and disillusioned architect.

Download: Tomorrow – Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A (PDF file, 66 KB)


Pearls

21 September 2013 - 19 January 2014
Organised in partnership with the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), the exhibition will explore the history of pearls from the early Roman Empire to the present, and will be the highlight event of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture.

Download: Pearls (PDF file, 209 KB)


Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900

26 October 2013 - 19 January 2014
The V&A's autumn exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900, will be the most ambitious survey of one of the world's greatest artistic traditions. It will gather together the finest examples of Chinese painting created over a 1200 year period and will show more than 70 works including some of the earliest surviving Chinese paintings as well as other exceptionally rare works loaned from the greatest international collections.

Download: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900 (PDF file, 104.2 KB)


The Splendours of India’s Royal Courts

Palace Museum, Beijing, 25 April - 31 July 2013
The Splendours of India’s Royal Courts will be the first exhibition to be held in China to explore the magnificence of Indian court culture. Over 110 works from the V&A’s superlative collections will reveal the splendour of India’s emperors and kings during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Download: The Splendours of India’s Royal Courts (PDF file, 53.3 KB)


Jameel Prize 3 shortlist announced

On 14 March the V&A announced the shortlist for the Jameel Prize 3

Download: Jameel Prize 3 shortlist announced (PDF file, 82 KB)


Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s

The V&A’s fashion exhibition for summer 2013, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s, will explore the creative explosion of London fashion in the 1980s.

Download: Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s (PDF file, 56.26 KB)


David Bowie is

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie - one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times.

Download: David Bowie is (PDF file, 124.41 KB)


New Display: Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces

16 March 2013 - 5 January 2014
This immersive installation created by an award-winning creative team of theatre makers, video artists and designers will explore the rise and fall of Music Hall, a lost genre of popular entertainment.

Download:  Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces (PDF file, 51.1 KB)


Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars

A new V&A exhibition will examine the development of cultural diplomacy and trade between Britain and Russia from its origins in 1555 when the Muscovy Company was founded.

Download: Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars (PDF file, 191.9 KB)


Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace

This summer, the V&A will be staging a multi-dimensional exhibition experience. Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace will present an original work of fiction by author Hari Kunzru, transformed into a walk-in story by leading graphic designers, typographers and illustrators including Le Gun, Oded Ezer, Erik Kessels and Luke Pearson.

Download: Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace (PDF file, 105 KB)


V&A Searches for Designer Jackets for 1980s Fashion Exhibition

In 1986, Blitz magazine commissioned a group of 22 British designers to customise denim jackets provided by Levi Strauss & Co. The V&A now has nine of these jackets in its collection. The Museum is keen to reunite the complete set of jackets for its new summer 2013 exhibition Club to Catwalk: London fashion in the 1980s.

Download: V&A Searches for Designer Jackets for 1980s Fashion Exhibition (PDF file, 46.5 KB)


Barbara Nessim Gives Archive to V&A

Internationally renowned artist and illustrator, Barbara Nessim has donated many of her most significant artworks to the V&A.

Download: Barbara Nessim Gives Archive to V&A (PDF file, 721.4 KB)

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Event - The Vivien Leigh Archive

Wed 14 May 2014 19:00

As well as being a hugely talented actress, Vivien Leigh was also a meticulous record keeper.

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